How cellular will be key to sorting the IoT standardisation wars

A new study conducted by the GSMA and InterDigital has highlighted some important transitions in the field of IoT that have started to become a reality with everyday deployment of the technology.

The report, titled ‘Mobile and the Internet of Things: Unanimity Around Fragmentation, Surprises In Connectivity And Geography’, notes that the various transitions include: the key role of the 3GPP standards-based...

By IoT News, 18 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Verizon upgrades its Cat M network for IoT solutions

Verizon has made its Cat M network capable of providing voice access and serve applications using fixed IoT voice services, such as alarm panels with communications components, by strengthening its ability to support a wide range of IoT solutions with enhanced features.

A feature called Connected Mode Mobility (CMM) empowers mobile voice service that is being deployed at present and will be complete within the month of...

By IoT News, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Smart, connected products: How to set up a successful service paradigm

Smart, connected 'things' can report their current state and send alerts when problems appear. However, these products are still not intelligent enough to work without human participation, and a certain degree of monitoring, control, and maintenance is needed anyway, which can be an additional burden for vendors.

In such a situation, vendors can resort to independent service providers who focus on similar products from different vendors. Service organisations, in their turn, may find new opportunities...

By Boris Shiklo, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

CTIA announces Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected IoT devices

Washington-based CTIA – a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the US – has created the CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected IoT devices.

The CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program is said to be the first of its kind to be developed in partnership with several leading wireless operators, tech firms, security experts and test labs, across the country....

By IoT News, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

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.