pros and cons

About three and a half years ago, I finally got fed up of being overweight.  Having been relatively thin for most of my early 20s, the reality of sitting at a desk and travelling resulted in a lot of unwanted weight. Unlike many people, I fully admit that it was the combination of over-eating and lack of exercise that did it…not anything else.

So, over the course of 6 months, I managed to lose all of the weight.  I did it through a combination of exercise and eating healthy.  For me, eating healthy meant making it myself whenever possible.  Losing the weight was actually the easy part. Keeping it off has been much harder!

One of the ways that I keep it off is by not eating processed or “junk” food.  This is often easier said than done. I do travel, run a business and have 2 active kids in my life, so sometimes making a carefully planned, elaborate meal is not always practical.  I know I am not the only one, so once in a while, I turn to pre-made meals.  While not as healthy (or low cost) as making them yourself, many places offer pre-made meals that are reasonably healthy and relatively low in calories.

I look at it as a decent trade-off between making my own food and eating at a restaurant.  In many cases, it meets both needs.

Embedded modems…often meeting the needs.

In the world of IoT, there is usually two ways to connect your device to the Internet.  You can embed a cellular module inside or you can attach an external modem.  Both methods offer advantages and disadvantages.

Cellular modules are great when you are producing a fair number of devices, have some technical expertise in this space and have a little more time to get to market.  However, they are not great for customers who are in a bit of a hurry or those who may not have some of the technical expertise that they require.

Cellular modems are great when the number of devices you are connecting is not that high, if you don’t have access to the system board of the device (only to its ports) and if you need to get the solution running quickly.  However, for some, they are too large, too costly and they do not offer enough flexibility.

Embedded modems are not for everyone, but they do offer some of the features from both of the other options. They are relatively low cost, flexible in terms of technology, quicker to market (with less red-tape than a module) and they often fit in places where traditional modems do not.

The Bottom Line

The expression “one size fits all” is rarely true.  I mean, can you see Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Hart wearing the same outfit?  It is also quite true when it comes to the world of IoT.  What one company requires is often not what another one does, which is why we have multiple methods of connectivity.  Embedded modems will definitely help bridge this gap for some companies and they should be considered by customers looking to add wireless connectivity.  It may not be perfect for all situations, but like this grilled fish from my local market, it can be a better alternative than other options for many companies.