How integrated SIM will be a game changer for cellular IoT

There were numerous innovations demoed and discussed at this year’s MWC Americas. However, AT&T’s announcement with G+D and Altair of the development of the first MNO-grade integrated SIM, for deployment across cellular LPWA networks, generated particular excitement among OEMs and ODMs.

Avishay Shraga, head of security technologies for Altair, provides five reasons why IoT device manufacturers are eagerly anticipating the...

By Ilan Reingold, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, 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.

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.

Why for vehicle telematics, cellular IoT is the only option

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With the continued rollout of new LTE-M and NB-IoT networks, increasingly more vertical industries are recognizing and adopting cellular IoT as the most viable solution for IoT connectivity. This is especially true for the aftermarket telematics industry – including fleet management, cold chain logistics and “Buy Here Pay Here” companies.

The market has shown great interest in LTE Cat-M1 as the ideal, and perhaps only long-term solution. This has resulted in...

By Ilan Reingold, 06 April 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

CAT-M1 or NB-IoT? The polls say go for both

As the adoption of the next generation of cellular IoT networks continues, it seems no one technology will ultimately dominate.

The US, Korea and Australia have spearheaded the rollout of CAT-M1. This process is motivated by the relatively straightforward upgrade of existing CAT-1 networks, as well as voice support, lower latency and improved power consumption to address a potentially larger subset of IoT applications.

Concurrently, China and Europe have opted to begin with the simpler and ultimately lower...

By Ilan Reingold, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

I am Apple, hear me roar: LTE for IoT

When I was growing up, there was a popular commercial on TV. It was an ad for financial services, and the tagline went, “When EF Hutton talks… people listen.”

I guess today, and especially given that the original EF Hutton is long gone, we’d say: “When Apple talks… people listen.”

From PCs to MP3s, smartphones to tablets, Apple has not necessarily been the first to introduce new technologies. They were neither first nor...

By Ilan Reingold, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards, Wearables.

Why should cellular IoT be different to other technology rollouts?

For generations, technology adoption has developed in a consistent manner:

  • A product is introduced.
  • Early adopters pay a premium to be first to use it.
  • More of the market sees the value and pays a high price for access to the technology.
  • The product hits mainstream, enabling manufacturers to lower the price, due to high volume sales.

It was that way with the first PCs, the first VCRs, the first cell phones, you name it.

It’s ultimately a matter of supply and demand. The more people want the technology, the lower it can be priced.

Along comes the Internet of Things,...

By Ilan Reingold, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

An NB-IoT first for North America – but what will it change?

Last week, and with considerable fanfare, T-Mobile announced completing the trial of North America’s first NB-IoT network. This in contrast to AT&T and Verizon’s strategy for an initial CAT-M1 rollout, to be followed by NB1 at a later date.

While this has justifiably caused initial excitement, to what extent will it truly affect the IoT market, both domestically or abroad?

  • This trial is an exciting NB-IoT first for the United...

By Ilan Reingold, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

The next generation of cellular IoT networks – where to begin?

In the ongoing push to establish the next generation of cellular IoT networks, the remaining key question is: Which technology should be rolled out first – CAT-M1, offering a quicker time-to-market, or CAT-NB1, providing a simpler and more cost-efficient service?

In the U.S. – the first market to see these new technologies deployed – Verizon and AT&T appear to have opted for the time-to-market...

By Ilan Reingold, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

How Japan is using cellular IoT to lead the way for mass smart metering deployment

As the Internet of Things continues to advance, the smart metering market is expected to explode. Influenced by rising energy prices, increases of energy theft, demand for more accurate billing and a heightened awareness of energy conservation, the global market is expected to reach nearly $20 billion by 2022.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Japan where, following the

By Ilan Reingold, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

The fall and rise of cellular IoT: A guide

Traditionally, the greatest rises tend to precipitate the hardest falls. However, we occasionally encounter a situation where a fall is essential to advancing the greatest of rises.

The case of cellular IoT provides us with such a scenario.

According to recent projections, we can expect to see cellular IoT grow to some 2.4 billion connections by 2025, the majority of which will be in the automotive space, closely followed by security and utilities...

By Ilan Reingold, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Addressing the challenges of Industrial IoT with cellular IoT

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With over 12 billion devices currently connected to the Internet, and an estimated 50 billion to be connected by 2020, the Internet of Things continues to affect ever-increasing aspects of our personal and professional lives. Not least in the industrial sector, as smart devices evolve to become active contributors to the business process.

Despite the numerous benefits which Industrial IoT will bring, manufacturers in...

By Ilan Reingold, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Why there's no time like the present to talk about IoT security

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Opinion Hollywood has no shortage of over-the-top movies focused on hacking. Movies such as Live Free or Die Hard, in which criminal elements gain complete control of the United States via sophisticated hacking. However, as the Internet of Things increasingly connects our physical world to the digital world, these types of attacks can no longer be relegated to the realms of sensationalist fiction.

Serious damage can be done through even the most mundane devices, as seen in the recent...

By Ilan Reingold, 09 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Security.