Opportunity knocks for chipset providers as China rethinks its cellular IoT strategy

When the new generation of Cat-M1 (LTE-M) and NB-IoT networks began rolling out, there was considerable speculation as to which markets would push forward each technology. The two largest U.S. carriers decided to prioritize Cat-M1 networks, while Chinese operators prioritized NB-IoT with its simpler and less costly technology.

At the time, Cat-M1 and NB-IoT were considered to be competing technologies. However, most mobile network operators have...

By Ilan Reingold, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Sierra Wireless launches AirLink LX40 router for IoT and enterprise use cases

Sierra Wireless has introduced what it claims to be the industry’s most compact cellular router, called AirLink LX40, for the IoT.

The router comes in two variants: LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300 Kbps downlink) for enhanced coverage and LTE Cat-4 (up to 150Mbps downlink) for higher throughput. The LX40 supports data processing at the edge and is suitable for connecting cameras, smart lockers and point-of-sale terminals, as well as industrial remote data logging and sensing equipment in indoor or...

By IoT News, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Why 450 MHz is the unsung hero of cellular IoT

In the general clamour surrounding cellular IoT connectivity, it’s easy to overlook some of those key components that may not receive the attention they deserve. One example is the 450 MHz spectrum, currently utilized for 2G and 3G networks around the world. However, as the cellular IoT ecosystem evolves, it is time to understand the potential of 450 MHz.

Around the world, legacy 2G and 3G networks at 450 MHz spectrum are being retired at an ever-increasing rate and migrating to 4G and 5G. Consequently, a significant...

By Ilan Reingold, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Leading firms pressure the EU to back connected car standard

Companies including the likes of BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, and Deutsche Telekom are pressuring the EU to back a connected car standard.

The companies want the European Commission to put its weight behind the C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) standard instead of the WiFi-based alternative ITS-G5.

By adopting C-V2X, the companies believe Europe will be in a better position to speed up the rollout of 5G networks.

In a letter addressed to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and other commissioners, the...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Ericsson and China Mobile continue IoT collaboration with recent updates

Ericsson and China Mobile have signed a cooperation agreement around the Swedish operator’s Device Connection Platform in order to strengthen the latter’s IoT goals.

The agreement, signed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai last week, is based on the strategic cooperation framework agreements which the two firms signed at MWC in Barcelona this year for the expansion of IoT opportunities in industry and enterprises.

Qiao Hui, general manager of China Mobile IoT, said: “By launching DCP, we will...

By IoT News, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

IoT Tech Expo: Bluetooth Mesh is a wise choice for smart buildings

IoT Tech Expo in Amsterdam is just kicking off and there’s already fighting words from low-power networks on why their technology is the best.

In a keynote titled ‘Putting the Smart in Smart Buildings with Bluetooth Mesh’, we heard from Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager Martin Woolley on what makes the technology a wise choice for smart building deployments.

“Last year, we introduced something called Bluetooth Mesh,” says Woolley. “That...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

IoT worldwide spending to hit $1.2 trillion by 2022, says IDC

Global spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to hit $1.2 trillion by 2022, according to the latest report from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst firm’s latest Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, argues the IoT technology market offers business investment opportunities across a variety of industries and illuminated through implementations of use case.

As the diverse IoT market reaches broad-based critical mass, innovative offerings in analytics software, cloud...

By IoT News, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

Battle for standardisation driving rise of LPWA network connections, research finds

Cellular and non-cellular low power wide-area (LPWA) network connections will grow globally at a CAGR of 53% until 2023, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market growth will be driven by growth in smart meters and asset trackers, with the continued battle for dominance between the primary standards, NB-IoT, CAT-M, Sigfox and LoRa, also fuelling the rise.

In 2017, smart meters and asset trackers contributed to almost three-quarters of all LPWA network connections, dominated by non-cellular LPWA...

By IoT News, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Eight key factors to consider when using IoT to drive innovation

In Chinese culture, eight is considered the luckiest number; this is because its pronunciation “ba” sounds like “fa” – the word for prosper, wealth or fortune. It is also an auspicious number for the internet of things (IoT). This is because, if you want to prosper using IoT to drive innovation, there are eight key aspects that really matter.

A modular and future-proof IoT platform

In order to make the most out of IoT, it is important to be sure that your business' IoT...

By Joe Nagy, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, Standards.

New report assesses global cellular IoT market through 2025

A new report by TMR Research looks into all possible aspects of the global cellular IoT market through 2025 – trends, market shares, market strategies, growth drivers, restraints, opportunities, regional outlook and key players.

According to the report “Cellular IoT Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017 – 2025”, Wireless area networks (WAN) will drive the growth prospects of the global market from 2017 to 2025. WAN, possible through...

By IoT News, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.