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IoT and the PSTN Switch off

The PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) will be switched off in 2025 and the effect will be felt by businesses across the UK. The Internet of Things (IoT) could fill the void left by the Switch Off for your business.

You may rely on these lines for more than just telephone calls; alarms and emergency back-up lines also use the PSTN network. This means your business will need to adapt to overcome the biggest telecoms change in recent history.

Put simply, IoT is any device that can send or receive a signal that traditionally is not able to. The best examples of this are smart meters and smart speakers (Google Home or Alexa).

Smart meters monitor your energy usage, providing energy companies with accurate information for your next bill sending information to relevant parties. Smart speakers receive and send information ensuring you’re kept up to date with the weather, the news, your latest online order, all while playing music.

Business Solutions with IoT

IoT is already in our homes, but these solutions can fill the holes in your business that the PSTN switch off will leave behind, improving and building on them. Using IoT can help smart alarms monitor how often they are triggered to help better report the number of incidents in an area.

IoT SIM cards, such as Daisy Anywhere SIMs, can also be distributed in the workplace. They can be used in lifts, replacing the phonelines which are currently there to be used in case of an emergency. These SIMs can also monitor the lift’s performance, assess it for routine maintenance and provide information about faults before they happen.

The PSTN switch off will primarily affect the office, but IoT can also help to support roaming workers too. For example, SIM cards on vans will help logistics companies not only know where their workers are but also the condition of the van. A roaming worker with cellular data and an instant connection could also update their progress instantly, allowing an office-based team to update their plans more efficiently and send automated alerts to a customer.

The switch off presents opportunities for IoT integration – find out more about our IoT solutions here.

If you’re looking for VoIP solutions to tackle the phoneline disruption the switch off will cause, you can see those here.

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