We live in the age when all things are becoming smart(er), wireless and more connected. What only 20 years ago seemed like an idea from a science fiction movie has become a reality. According to the International Energy Agency, there will be more than 14 billion IoT enabled devices, turning from people-operated computers towards autonomous smart devices.
This is where Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) comes in.
With the growing IoT market, it has become obvious that for many use cases the existing cellular networks are not suitable and that a better solution/network needs to be established.
Why? In short: Because of network coverage, battery life and device cost.
Existing networks offer good coverage in mature markets, but many potential connected devices are located in remote areas, away from cellular base stations and thus require high power to operate the device transmitter to communicate. They are not optimized to just occasionally transmit small amounts of data and are often too expensive for the application.
NB-IoT enabled device can solve all of the above:
It is an inexpensive device, equipped with a battery that ensures several years of operation, connected to the NB-IoT network that enables low-speed, reliable data transfer.
Huawei, along with Vodafone and several other supporting companies has been working on the standardization of the new Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology and the development of Use Case Scenarios.
We are proud to say that Pessl Instruments is the first company chosen by Huawei to be the partner in the NB-IoT for agriculture.
Our CEO, Gottfried Pessl, will be attending the GSMA IoT Summit in Shanghai next week, where Use Cases of bringing smart farming technologies to life with NB-IoT will be presented.