IFSEC International 2017

IFSEC International is Europe's largest security exhibition. Running from the 20th to the 22nd of June, in London's ExCeL centre, this year's exhibition was attended by over 27,000 global security professionals. IFSEC caters for attendees from across the security industry including manufacturers, distributors, integrators, installers, consultants and end users. Consequently, IFSEC provided Stream with a fantastic opportunity to engage with organisations from across the security spectrum, so I was delighted to make the trip down to London alongside Stream's COO, Kevin McDowall.

Over the course of the exhibition I met with a variety of security enterprises, ranging from companies involved in rapidly deployable CCTV solutions, to organisations operating in the field of asset tracking. One of the issues that was common across the attendees I spoke with, regardless of their company's core business, concerned the importance of engaging with a network operator that can guarantee reliable and resilient cellular communications. As you might expect, connection reliability is an extremely high priority for organisations operating in the field of security - although it can be frustrating if a smartphone can't connect to a network, if a CCTV camera or lone worker device cannot establish a connection for hours at a time, the consequence could be much more severe. Over my time at IFSEC, it became apparent that many of the organisations I spoke with are unsatisfied with the level of connection reliability they receive from their network provider.

Part of the reason for this is that many cellular providers fail to tailor the services they offer to meet the needs of their customer. For example, certain providers deliver cellular connectivity on a single network or steered roaming basis. This can be problematic for customers who require extremely reliable connectivity. Single network solutions do not tend to provide 100% coverage, this means that your provider cannot guarantee your devices will always receive a signal. Similarly, steered roaming will always favour a particular network, even if it doesn't offer the best level of coverage. This means that your devices may be forced to use a slower 2G connection on a favoured network, despite a faster network option being available.

In contrast, Stream provide a range of cellular services which are ideal for security applications. Our unsteered roaming SIMs ensure that your devices will always connect to the strongest network - this eliminates the problem of SIMs being bound to a favoured network, and helps us to provide optimal levels of connection quality and reliability. Since we have network agreements with 650+ operators across the globe, our SIMs deliver exceptional levels of coverage, while our N+1 redundant network infrastructure delivers resilience and reliability, with a proven uptime of 99.999%.

In addition, organisations can manage their SIMs using IoT-X, our award-winning connectivity management platform. IoT-X is used by enterprises and global organisations to manage cellular, satellite and LPWAN (Low-Power Wide Area Network) connectivity, including LoRa®. This means that, if your organisation uses a blend of device types, you can manage them all from a single platform.

As well as supporting established connectivity methods, IoT-X is fully integrated with Oberthur's M-Connect eUICC platform, Stream's LoRaWAN™ network server and it includes LoRa subscription management capability. IoT-X has been developed with security in mind to this end, the platform includes a wealth of functionality that's designed to keep your devices safe, secure and private.

If your organisation has a requirement for reliable, resilient connectivity please get in touch with me or a member of my team by emailing or calling +44 (0)844 800 8520.

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