Studies tell us that about 7.6 billion IoT devices will be actively connected on the Interne of Things platforms by the end of this year. This inevitably means that data traffic will also keep increasing radically, as it’s expected to hit 24 billion devices by 2030. To meet demands of this growth we’ll need a dependable network spectrum to support such prolific deployment.
This is where NarrowBand IoT will play a role as the top Low Power Wide Area Network solution, also called as NB-IoT or LTE-M2, that is not part of the licensed LTE platform. This LPWAN works on any one option out of the three given methods. It works independently or uses the 200 kHz bandwidth earlier used by GSM which is now unused. Or it works on a resource block on LTE allocated to NB-IoT operations. Narrowband IoT promises to offer more business benefits for IoT deployments envisaged in the digital future. Here’s how it works out!
Save on Costs.
Simpler technologies like the NB-IoT ensures lesser power. On the other hand, NB-IoT chips are easier to create and also come cheaper. There is lesser complexity in analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion, buffering and channel estimation, in the 200 kHz frontend and digitiser of NB-IoT.
Efficient Power Usage
Power efficiency of IoT devices is crucial as all IoT technologies are developed to save power when not operating. However, they do draw energy when the modem is handling signal processing.
Deployment is wider
The NB-IoT when connected to LTE-M1 has lower bitrates and link budgets. Besides the NB-IoT can directly connect the sensors to the base station not needing gateways to provide connectivity offering wider deployment in various sectors and industries.
Using NB-IoT the service can be rolled out on a licensed spectrum which offers better reliability for users and thereby offer guaranteed resource allocation required for managed Quality of Service.
Reach out globally
NB-IoT can be rolled out on LTE networks widespread around the world. Regions with less LTE can use the slots of larger GSM deployments on the unused bands to host NB-IoT devices. This also helps IoT innovators to enter new markets, via an affordable entry point, globally.
- Nevertheless, some things affect the deployment of NB IoT, as most carriers move over to LTE platform. With NB IoT running on a marginal bandwidth there is a cost for developing initial operating software for devices and industrial IoT.
- Equipment could become complex to use the existing GSM spectrum in some places. To top it off the telecom giants levy charges as licensing fees for NB IoT usage. However, the industry is looking to use the underutilized slots in the 200 kHz bandwidth as a potential to make this spectrum the best power wide area network to dominate the Low Power Wide Area Network domain.
- Security of IoT devices and data should be given high priority and integrated with Data Analytics that’s used to develop a solution that work’s in a highly connected environment.
- T-Sense’s IoT platform has many customizable applications that helps development of IoT devices to empower your company (or smart factory) to gain efficiency and benefits.
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