As the Internet of Things keeps rolling, along the way it creates a technological space for use cases that rely on battery-operated low-energy sensors and devices.
Remote asset tracking, monitoring solutions, preventive maintenance, and telemetry are among the IoT-oriented services in which low-power smart devices are being widely applied. For such devices, including those in which batteries are very difficult or even impossible to recharge or replace, extending the battery life while maximizing their performance and keeping them environment-friendly poses a great challenge for hardware vendors, service providers and enterprise owners alike.
Small but intelligent sensors and devices operating continuously for several weeks, months or even years to provide real-time accurate and actionable data are the essence of the Internet of Things. On top of that, in many cases battery life often equals the actual device life, therefore striking a balance between the periods in which the device is active and asleep is essential.
While the market is flooded with shiny and seemingly fit-for-purpose solutions for low-power devices, the ones that deserve real attention are those whose real focus is on comprehensive management of (especially resource-constrained) devices throughout their entire lifecycle. In recent years, the Internet of Things saw an upsurge of technologies dedicated to resolving the problem of management of low-power IoT devices, among which the LwM2M protocol is perhaps the most promising as it offers a solid basis for any performance-driven IoT infrastructure.