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The Factors that Affect the Cost of Implementing an IoT Solution

December 4th, 2023 | 3 min. read

By Jordan Pioth

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If your organization is considering implementing an IoT solution, it is important to understand the factors that impact its cost.

Without a full understanding of the cost, you won’t be able to determine whether implementing an IoT solution is a good decision for your organization.

If your organization has a poor network connection that results in employees being unable to collaborate on projects together, it will adversely affect their efficiency and productivity.

Coeo knows how important a reliable network is to an organization and has delivered thousands of network services and solutions to organizations to improve their connectivity resulting in better employee productivity and efficiency.

We want you to understand the factors that affect the cost of implementing an IoT so you can determine if it’s an appropriate solution for your organization.

By the end of this article, you will understand the factors that affect the cost of an IoT solution and whether it is right for your organization.

Factors that affect the cost of an IoT solution

An IoT solution typically does not have a standard price as your organization’s cost will depend on multiple factors. The factors that affect the cost of an IoT solution include:

Cost of devices

The first factor that affects the cost of an IoT solution is the price of the devices you choose to implement into the network.

Devices such as sensors and actuators are implemented into an IoT solution to connect your users.

Sensors and actuators connect user devices to your network and enable them to communicate with each other. By doing this, employees are able to collaborate better with each other.

The type of sensors and actuators you choose as well as how many of these you need to implement will factor into the cost of an IoT solution.

Connectivity costs

Another important element that impacts cost is the connectivity that enables users and devices to access the network.

Your organization may use cellular or WiFi to connect your IoT but could also use fiber, broadband, or any other connection type as well.

The type of connection and provider you use will determine the connectivity cost which will then factor into the overall price of your IoT.

Costs of infrastructure

Cloud services, edge computing resources, and data storage are all part of your network infrastructure.

The services and solutions you have implemented into your network infrastructure will also impact the total cost of your IoT.

Integrating with existing infrastructure

An IoT solution can be integrated into any network.

However, if there are additional network services or solutions integrated into the infrastructure already, it can be costly to integrate with existing infrastructure.

The complexity involved with integrating an IoT solution into existing infrastructure can lead to additional costs for software development and updated infrastructure so your IoT solution can integrate with existing infrastructure smoothly.

Data processes and analytics

If your organization needs to run sophisticated analytics and algorithms to monitor and manage your network, this will impact the cost.

The more sophisticated you want your network analytics to be, the more it will cost to implement this technology.

Network security

Network security might be the most important component of your organization’s IoT solution.

Without proper network security, your organization could be the victim of a cyberattack which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair and can even damage the network permanently.

However, network security solutions and services are expensive, and depending on the solutions and services you choose, this decision will have a greater or lesser impact on your costs.

Is an IoT solution the right fit for your organization?

If your organization is having difficulty connecting your employees with each other, it can result in poor productivity and efficiency resulting in your employees not being able to collaborate well on projects together.

If your organization operates in a remote or hybrid remote work environment, you should consider an IoT solution to effectively connect your employees working in different locations.

If your organization requires a reliable network connection for your employees to complete daily tasks, an IoT may be the right fit for you, especially if your network connection is poor and unreliable.

If your organization does not use the internet or rely on a network connection for your employees to perform their jobs, you may not need an IoT solution.

However, in today’s ever-evolving world of technology, many organizations around the world are resorting to an IoT network to connect their employees to each other and to their customers.

This makes it a good fit for any organization looking to improve productivity and efficiency by connecting their employees to their network for better collaboration and communication.

Determining if an IoT solution is the right choice for your organization

Now you understand the factors that determine the cost of an IoT solution and whether it is the right choice for your organization.

This will help you determine if an IoT solution is something your organization should invest in.

Organizations can’t perform well with a poor-performing network that makes it difficult for your employees to do their jobs and collaborate together on projects.

An IoT solution can solve this problem and help improve productivity and efficiency in your organization.

Coeo knows how important a reliable network is to an organization and has delivered thousands of network solutions and services to organizations to help improve their connectivity.

We want you to understand the factors that affect the cost of an IoT network solution so you can determine whether it is the right technology for your organization.

If you would like to speak with our team to learn more about integrating an IoT network or ask any questions you may have you can schedule an appointment.TALK TO AN EXPERT

Now that you understand what the IoT is and how it can benefit your organization, check out this article to learn how integrating 5G into your network can improve it:

Jordan Pioth

When he's not creating content for Coeo, Jordan loves to watch sports, hang out with friends and family, and anything sneaker-related.