Narrowband IoT: First cities to get machine web for IoT from Vodafone

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Narrowband IoT: First cities to get machine web for IoT from Vodafone

Vodafone will start to use Narrowband IoT in 13 cities in Germany. The company expects a huge impact, including trash cans that signal when they need to be emptied, vacuum cleaners that are able to order new filter bags autonomously or lockers that give an alarm when they are blocked for a long period of time. Vodafone calls the technology “Maschinennetz” (machine web) in Germany, and the company has already deployed it in their headquarters in Düsseldorf first. Berlin is scheduled to follow in January. By the end of 2018, Vodafone says the network will be available in 13 German cities. Among the companies that are currently developing solutions for the new web are DHL, Deutsche Bahn, Diehl Metering, Techem and Panasonic. Users are expected to benefit from it in supermarkets, at train stations or on the road.

IoT Narrowband: Hannes Ametsreiter Vodafone CEO Hannes Ametsreiter

Hannes Ametsreiter Vodafone CEO Hannes Ametsreiter

We are knitting a new web for Germany and building the infrastructure for the Internet of Things

says Vodafone CEO Hannes Ametsreiter.

Our new machine web will make things smart – and simplify personal and work life. This will save clients and companies money. In the future, billions of things will be connected simultaneously and communicate. Low cost, everywhere – even in places we can’t even imagine today.

Narrowband IoT can reach many places – for example inside of thick-walled buildings – that were previously accessible, and the battery life of gadgets and appliances is said to last up to ten years.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Vodafon

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