Nokia, Vodafone and Telit: NarrowBand and IoT technology

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Nokia, Vodafone and Telit: NarrowBand and IoT technology

Nokia has deployed a fully integrated NB-IoT system at Vodafone‘s ‘Open Lab’ in Düsseldorf, Germany using its radio access network and elements from its Cloud Packet Core solution. The system leverages IoT technology from Telit and will be used by device manufacturers and applications developers to expand the IoT ecosystem.
In the trial, Nokia and Telit demonstrated how NB-IoT will meet the connectivity needs of devices. An Intel chipset integrated in a NB-IoT module was used, which was embedded in a Shitek technology ultrasonic gas meter. The system connected with a meter to transmit data on gas flow over a 4G Vodafone network, demonstrating how NB-IoT technology can be used to manage an integrated network comprised of components from multiple vendors.
NB-IoT will optimize 4G networks to meet the dynamic demands of billions of connected devices. It enables wider coverage indoors and outdoors, allowing the radio signal to reach further inside buildings to connect sensors and devices and transmit information. Lower power consumption allows prolonged battery life for up to 15 years, optimizing the cost of maintaining the devices that will be found within homes and enterprises.
Luke Ibbetson, Head of Research & Development and Technology Strategy for Vodafone Group said:

NB-IoT will be commercially available from early 2017 and, because it has strong support from across the telecoms industry, will be the technology used to connect millions more things to the Internet. We are very pleased to make the Vodafone Open Labs available to companies that want to exchange ideas and to develop and test connected products and services powered by NB-IoT.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Nokia

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