Quick definition: Narrowband IoT, often abbreviated as NB-IoT, is a specialized cellular network made for the Internet of Things.
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Narrowband: 7 things IoT manufacturers should consider
Many IoT device manufacturers are currently looking closely at Cellular Narrowband technologies such as NB-IoT and Cat M1 which promise significantly lower energy consumption. With the substantial increase of battery life to more than 10 years, many no-touch IoT applications become viable at an affordable cost. Although Cellular Narrowband has been heavily promoted during the last years by many operators, we have yet to see widespread adoption. In this article, we outline 7 reasons why device manufacturers are still not taking advantage of NB-IoT.
LTE-M vs NB-IoT: 5 Considerations for Your IoT Solutions
With 2G- and 3G phaseout accelerating globally, LTE-M and NB-IoT are positioned as future-proof alternatives for cellular IoT. Both technologies fall into Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) category, bringing enhanced coverage, longer battery life, and reduced costs compared to previous cellular generations.
Evaluating NB-IoT and LTE-M with Raspberry Pi
LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technologies are key enablers for IoT applications and Cellular IoT (“CIoT)” is considered one of the most attractive approaches. CIoT works in the licensed frequency spectrum and current main streams are based on LTE technology and tailored to the needs of IoT. In particular, NB-IoT ("Narrowband – IoT") and LTE-M ("Long Term Evolution for Machines") are good choices for mission-critical monitoring or object tracking applications which are infrequently transmitting small data packages and also can be used for wearable devices with an extremely low power budget. In this post, we will explain an approach to evaluate an NB-IoT or LTE-M network with a Raspberry Pi - Installation and User Interface.