The fast convergence of industries and technologies has led to an enormous evolution in the Internet of Things, from the digital transformation that the enterprises are integrating into their businesses, to the rise of applications for IoT devices with an estimation of a minimum of 20 devices and application connected to every human on earth by 2022.
With the rise of connected devices and applications the world of mobile operators and messaging hubs will also advance. Why you may ask? Because as you will read next, A2P and P2P services will be the most widely used and a pillar of the delivery system for all high priority messages generated by IoT devices.
A simple technology to follow
Short Message Service SMS is a common channel of communication on every network and every cellular-based enabled device.
Application to Peer A2P and Peer to Peer P2P widely serves in connecting businesses and people with real-time data from online applications with millions of connected devices with a delivery status fully visible which makes it a stable technology requiring a minimal interface. Thus, ensuring its reception to a great segment of people and saving both time and money for organizations.
With the rise of Over-the-top OTT messaging, as well as a number of IoT integration in the healthcare, automation technology, banking (bots’ customer service), SMS authentication and marketing sectors, A2P SMS usage will have a chance to increase. Indeed, A2P serves as a crucial secure role in the critical communication of IoT devices through prompt notifications and alerts delivery. As a result, operators and A2P SMS hubs will witness a great increase in revenues. And to add an extra layer of security, people and enterprise can allow what their devices are connected to and who they can communicate with.
IoT will also unlock an important use case for A2P SMS in different situations, especially when it comes to application-to-person messages and alerts.For example, all data from IoT devices can be sent via A2P SMS to a centralized data center. This real-time data will allow all the operations to have much better efficiency in performing their specific jobs. But most importantly, we must shed the light on the simplicity and reliability of the required network connectivity level when it comes to A2P SMS usage.
When sending an order message for an Iot device, we won’t be needing to embed modems that work on a complex 5G network, which will lead to a hectic plan in both cost and time. This, in addition to being the best medium whenever a good data network is simply non-existent or bandwidth not fully available.
Can A2A be the new SMS trend?
IoT can perhaps introduce a new type of communication: Application-to-application. Devices will need to send data to other devices to do their specific job, and in cases where internet connection isn’t available or not really reliable, it might be practical in some remote places to use a new kind of SMS where devices can communicate with each other with SIM or E-SIM via A2A SMS !
This new protocol could allow a cheaper way to cover very wide rural areas without worrying about having a constant internet connection to the devices.
Application-to-application SMS could be a solution for a number of IoT problems, mainly focusing on connectivity and security. With the rise of mobile internet messaging, and SMS usage becoming less and less for P2P, this could be a breath of life for the SMS industry. SMS will then be a means of communication for all devices that need to communicate with other devices. This is mainly a proof that SMS will remain a simple and secure way of communication and that the telecom industry and mobile network operators will efficiently contribute in enhancing the Internet of Things business sector.