You don’t have to be a software engineer to understand the Internet of Things. Below you’ll find simple, non-technical explanations of key IoT concepts you need to know.
5G IoT: Impact, Use Cases, and a Look Into the Future
06.02.2023 What is 5G IoT? 5G IoT uses the most advanced cellular infrastructure and technologies to empower devices with reliable, high-speed data connections. It also introduces solutions to reduce interference, which is particularly important as the number of active IoT devices increases by billions every year.
An Overview of the IoT Tech Stack
Even the most basic IoT devices need a range of technologies to function. Sensors, actuators, and computers use software to transmit data through a network to another device or application and vice versa. Collectively, this technology is known as the IoT stack—and it looks different for every IoT device.
What Is Cellular IoT? Simple, Global Device Connectivity
Cellular IoT uses cellular networks to connect physical devices to the Internet. The same cell towers that provide service to your smartphone can connect heavy machinery, security systems, hospital equipment, asset tracking systems, and billions of other devices to the internet. Cellular connectivity enables these devices to transmit and receive data, so end users can remotely monitor, analyze, and control them.
What Is C-V2X? Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything Explained
C-V2X is one of the main ways IoT is being used in transportation. It utilizes cellular IoT to enable vehicles to understand and react to their environment in real time. While perhaps the most obvious application is that it enhances automation in driverless cars, it also improves the information drivers have at their fingertips, particularly when it comes to navigation and visibility, and it can simplify toll and parking systems.
Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) Explained
These Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) allow a greater volume of devices to share bandwidth than traditional cellular networks like 2G, 3G, and 4G. They enable devices to utilize unused frequencies within a carrier’s licensed bands, and use less power than many other types of network.
Network Selection Explained
By default, cellular devices connect to “home” network of the provider that issued their SIM cards. Cellular connectivity providers also have strict agreements with other operators in countries their network doesn’t cover, so whenever your device is outside its home network, the SIM card will connect your device to your provider’s preferred partner. (This is what’s known as “steered roaming.”)