In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, SIM-based Technology Enabled-Care (TEC) solutions are seeing greater demand from service providers across health, housing, and social care sectors. However, misconceptions about the technology can deter your organisation from harnessing the full potential of this type of solution. In this article, we will aim to debunk 12 common misconceptions about SIM-based TEC solutions and provide clear answers to help you make an informed decision for your organisation.
#1: SIM-based TEC solutions are unreliable.
Reality: A SIM-based solution offers a high level of reliability, as they are not dependent on analogue, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth connection and have no single point of failure.
#2: SIM-based TEC solutions are not secure.
Reality: SIM-based solutions are very secure. They are cloud based and use encryption to protect your data and adhere to strict industry standards and guidelines.
#3: SIM-based TEC solutions are limited in coverage.
Reality: With multiple network providers using a non-steered roaming sim, this type of solution offers extensive coverage. If one mobile network goes down, or is at capacity, the device can roam to another network provider offering you greater resilience.
#4: SIM-based TEC solutions are difficult to setup.
Reality: Setting up a SIM-based TEC solution is simple. In most cases, all you need to do is insert the SIM card and turn on the device. This is timesaving and less cumbersome than most solutions that require CAT6 in-line wiring and in most cases, completed by the supplier at setup.
#5: SIM-based TEC solutions are expensive.
Reality: While initial setup and SIM costs exist, they are more cost effective than traditional wired solutions as they are often plug and play. The long-term benefits, including, initial cost savings, zero need for on-site infrastructure, simple setup, and efficiency improvements, far outweigh the capital investment.
#6: SIM-based TEC solutions are not interoperable.
Reality: Modern Sim-based solutions are designed to be user-friendly and can be seamlessly integrated into existing systems using open API’s.
#7: SIM-based TEC solutions have poor backup battery life.
Reality: SIM-based solutions do have good battery life. Whilst they rely on being mains powered like other systems, they do have the fallback of an emergency 24hr backup battery if the need arises.
#8: SIM-based TEC solutions are not customisable.
Reality: SIM-based solutions are just that. You can choose the features and services that best meet your needs, they are fully scalable, and sustainable too, so you are future proofed.
#9: SIM-based TEC solutions are Prone to Network Failures
Reality: Sim-based solutions often provide more reliable connectivity; a leading SIM provider has reported 99.9% available time over a 12-month period. When comparing these to Wi-Fi or other alternatives, where downtime can be hours/days, this is testament to how fast the GSM infrastructure is growing. Everon’s solutions offer both SIM and Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity which again gives commissioners flexibility around choice.
#10: SIM-based TEC solutions are difficult to use.
Reality: SIM-based solutions are designed to be user-friendly, so you don’t have to be tech-savvy to use them. They are plug and play with push button setup for sensors making the install seamless and hassle free. They are designed with the end user in mind.
Myth 11: Sim-based TEC is Not Future-Proof
Reality: Sim-based solutions are continually evolving to adapt to emerging trends and technologies, ensuring its relevance in the future. SIM-based solutions can receive software updates over-the-air, allowing them to adapt to new technologies and security.
#12: SIM-based TEC solutions are only for the elderly.
Reality: While SIM-based solutions are certainly useful for the senior population, they can be used by other vulnerable individuals who would benefit from the use of technology to help them live happily and independently within a safe environment.
In conclusion, Sim-based TEC solutions offer immense potential for commissioners seeking to improve connectivity, security, speed, and efficiency. Embracing this solution can empower your organisation to thrive in today’s technology-driven world.
Everon uses SIM-based technology for our solution to support Health, Housing and Social Care sectors. With over a decade of experience providing digital solutions in Finland, Sweden, and the UK, we are the European market leader in digital grouped living solutions.
Our webinar ‘Ensuring Seamless Connectivity’: Strategies for Successfully Implementing SIM-Based TEC Solutions explores the advantages of SIM-based TEC solutions which can support your analogue to digital transition. We discussed strategies to address potential connectivity issues during implementation and beyond.
Additionally, the webinar included an interactive panel session where attendees posed their questions.
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