What a New Cellular Standard Means for Your Business

As Internet of Things (IoT) solutions expand and improve the daily operations of businesses worldwide, new innovations in cellular Narrowband technology seek to expand potential IoT applications by reducing energy consumption through smarter battery use, extending the reach of mobile networks, increasing ROI, and reducing costs. The coming impact of Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) will be revolutionary in terms of efficiency and smart management, but what is NB-IoT radio technology, how does it work, and what applications will its existence enable? Let’s dive in to the NB-IoT basics and their implications.

What is Narrowband IoT?

NB-IoT is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology deployed over unused resource blocks (a unit of network resources) on existing LTE networks. NB-IoT has the potential to be the best solution for connecting people and businesses while expending low amounts of energy. In fact, its efficiencies in terms of coverage inside buildings, energy expenditure and maintenance are among the main contributing factors to a growing number of IoT-enabled devices that is expected to reach nearly 24 billion daily-use devices by the year 2020.

What are the Benefits of Narrowband IoT?

  • Expanded Coverage Range
  • Extended Battery Life
  • More Reliable Technology at a Lower Cost

8 Ways NB-IoT Will Impact Businesses in the Near Future

NB-IoT is poised to revolutionise cities and businesses that rely on access to data in hard-to-reach locations like warehouses, deep underground, and rural environments. The technology can penetrate and extend coverage to your surroundings, giving you smarter, faster, and more accessible control.

Furthermore, its cost-efficiency makes it a feasible option for existing IoT applications that haven’t gained wide-spread acceptance because of previously prohibitive costs.

These applications include:

  • Smart metering for utilities such as gas and water
  • Wearable health and fitness technology
  • Connected city streetlights and parking meters
  • Smart building capabilities like access and temperature control
  • Livestock and pet tracking
  • Smart waste management systems
  • Industrial connectivity (Industrial IoT)

Imagine being able to monitor and manage your solutions remotely. From farming to health care to industrial utility, expect NB-IoT to become an integral part of the framework for a new wave of applications by 2020.

Thanks Ken Bednasz of Telit for the above article

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