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Hiring a Freelance IoT Architect

Why and when you need an IoT Architect?

IoT, M2M, Connected devices, different names for the same, is experiencing an accelerated growth that will translate into hundreds of solutions, use cases and devices. These solutions require the combination of business models, new technologies and partnerships and new go-to-market capabilities. There is a complex and diverse orchestration to provide meaningful services to consumers and companies. In this orchestration, an IoT Architect plays a central role.

An IoT architect will own the overall IoT solutions strategy, product & solution implementation offering across the network, IT & customers. He will be leading the IoT/M2M systems and solutions deployment, related ecosystem development with the support of other department heads and innovation of IoT products/solutions development by using internal PDD teams or 3rd party companies.

IoT is changing the telecom business: connecting people to connecting things

Main functions of an IoT Architect

  • Continuous interaction with the network, sales/marketing & business team to end-to-end deployment and launch of right products/solutions which suits the business needs.
  • 3rd party vendor management, tie-ups, community building for application enablement, device enablement and all future coming applications.
  • Should also be responsible for future forthcoming technology, trial and testing within the network, commercial feasibility and other aspects of the product lifecycle and then suggesting to the business team.
  • People and functional management are also going to be an essential part of this role.

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case study
IoT architecture case study for a Mobile network operator

Challenge, Context, Problems to be solved

The IOT project enabled the connection of all urban and rural towers to the NOC including remote sites.
The IOT solution allowed to reduce manpower cost, dependency and to enhance security and operations.

Mission, tools and methodology

  • Identified technologies which are on standardised protocol to be used in IOT segment, where events like generator fuels, security and entry management, etc ... can be monitored.
  • Conducted risk assessment for such solutions.
  • Reviewed the effectiveness of the IOT enabled telecom towers.
  • Conducted review, and proposed controls based on an IoT platform that can support and enable this feature.
  • Built the architecture of one platform where all past and future predictions and controls are enabled.
  • Entire IoT infrastructure can be configured and supported remotely.
  • Designed the network & systems which can be expandable at any point of time without additional cost.
  • Lead the IOT platform development and implementation:
    • Lead the definition of the number of devices to be provisioned for the client, which included temperature sensors, fuel monitoring, door control, etc.
    • API configuration.
    • User creation for operator considering tech team as an internal client.
    • Other configurations wrt. each device transaction
  • Vendor tie-up & devices arrangement from other manufacturer : Gateway, security sensors and actuators.

Achieved results

  • Strategic roadmap to increase productivity and security & decrease OPEX of telecom tower sites site.
  • Management having transparent pictures on all KPIs.
  • Addition and deletion of features becomes easy.
  • Mismanagement of resources are controlled and monitored.

Must have IoT Architect Skills

The complexity of IoT solutions determines the need of 5 key areas of expertise:

  • Software development
  • Field gateways
  • Data management
  • Data analytics
  • User application development

The IoT architect must define an architecture roadmap, meet product evolution requirements and financial goals.

Other IoT architect skills:

  • Leadership skill to head or get work done from other departments like product development team of application / software.
  • Extensive knowledge of telecom core networks, 3GPP specifications & IT infrastructure.
  • Experience on 3G, 4G network and strong knowledge on 5G SA & NSA.
  • Strong knowledge on IP network, SDN, NFV, etc.
  • PS core network, IoT (home, industrial), Deep Packet Inspection expertise.
  • Native cloud, hybrid cloud implementation knowledge and experience.
  • Hands-on Experience and knowledge of Call flow of telco/ISP core network nodes and CS/PS services(CS, PS).
  • In-depth knowledge of IP & wireless protocols likes GTP, Radius, SIP, MQTT, Rest API, LoRA, Web Socket, Sigfox, NBIoT etc..
  • Graduation or master in IT / Computer Science / Electronics & Telecommunications.