Libelium and Ericsson Launch NB-IoT Developer Kits

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Libelium and Ericsson Launch NB-IoT Developer Kits

At MWC Libelium presented the integration of NB-IoT connectivity in its wireless sensor platform in cooperation with Ericsson. The two companies present different NB-IoT Developer Kits to enable proof of concepts.

In a market context that demands greater maturity and homogeneity in communication protocols, the integration of NB-IoT technology in Libelium’s sensor platform is part of the company’s strategy to offer customized projects that require specific configurations.

In our 13-year history we have integrated more than 15 communication protocols and we understand the fragmentation of IoT market requires different protocols depending on the application NB-IoT is a promising technology and we want to include it in our portfolio,

says Alicia Asín, CEO of Libelium.
With this development, the company launches the first NB-IoT kits that will allow developers to easily test this technology and accelerate the IoT adoption thanks to its open source API. Libelium shows the new NB-IoT Developer Kits at Ericsson’s booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The NB-IoT connectivity, integrated in a module manufactured by Quectel, offers great reliability by including global coverage for all geographies and by its compatibility with three types of networks: NB-IoT, LTE-Cat-M and even current GPRS networks so fallback is ensured in case NB-IoT coverage is not available.
Thus, for IoT projects deployed in rural areas with low coverage of the NB-IoT network, this device will allow the use of alternative communication technologies in addition to the possibility of location through the GNSS module included.
Libelium is working in collaboration with Ericsson to make the new NB-IoT connectivity compatible with the LWM2M protocol used by Ericsson in its configurations with this technology. When the NB-IoT network is fully deployed, this technology will allow long-range coverage even to areas where other protocols such as GPRS do not reach currently.

Testing before investing is critical for IoT projects. Now clients can test Libelium sensor platforms with many radio technologies including NB-IoT before launching large investments,

comments David Gascón, CTO of Libelium.
Libelium offers two IoT kits with different configurations including hardware and NB-IoT connectivity. Project developers can now test this technology and move towards scalability of investments.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Ericsson

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