Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a new way of communicating with things using a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) to reach wider area, over a long period in small amount of data. It is also known as LTE Cat NB1 and used to connect devices more simply and efficiently on already established telecommunications network and handles small amounts of fairly infrequent 2way data, securely and reliably.
What makes it future technology?
- Increase battery life and reduce power consumption
- Excellent range in underground and difficult to reach areas
- More secure and reliable
- Cost effective
- Easy deployment in existing network architecture
Becoming a globally adopted radio solution, NB-IOT will play a major role as connectivity solution for many industries in our connected world. It allows a secure, trusted, cost-effective, well-functioning data pipe from any location having cellular network to the cloud. This also means that a few earlier adopted, more local competing technologies will disappear. Companies operating in big data analysis can see a major step in amount of measured amount of real life data, which further drives of usage of big data in decision making.
All these assets allow one NB-IOT component for large-scale roll out, making it highly suitable for international business, worldwide delivery, more local use or consumer products with battery life well beyond that of existing devices. As such, it’s expected that NB-IoT enabled devices will empower the explosive growth of IoT in the next decade. The internet of things is finally coming and offers a number of new business opportunities for all of us.
NB-IoT is making industries smarter
Cities Narrowband IoT can play an important role in smart cities dream to fulfill. To monitor empty spaces in parking, monitoring waste bins to be emptying, surveying of roads and many more.
Buildings NB-IoT can act as the support for the building broadband connection. Security will also be performed by connecting sensors directly to the monitoring system using LPWA networks.
Metering Probably the main requirement for smart metering is network coverage. Sometimes, meters tend to show up in hard locations like remote rural places or underground. NB-IoT is well prepared for monitoring gas and water meters via regular and small data transmission. This leads to a significantly better coverage.
Consumers Cat M1 (sometimes called the NB-IoT alternative). Both technologies are able to support a massive amount of sensors, from heavy to low data activity. For consumers, wearables are the cornerstone of IoT. One of the main challenge for IoT makers is to address sustainable business models. Maintaining sensors and devices could be more expensive over time than production. NB-IoT
Wearable: It’s not possible to keep your wearable connected with outer world in challenging areas like, underground roofs, hills, and dense populated areas. Animal and people tracking will be possible through NB-IoT.
Agriculture and Environment: It will offer farmers to track animal movement, track their animal location, weather condition, pollution, noise and humidity of soil.
New IoT initiatives will work under better networks and devices that help to make a very attractive business.