Narrowband Internet of Things seeing traction is broad range of use cases

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Standardized by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in the Release 13 LTE Advanced Pro specification in June 2016, narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) connectivity is seeing accelerating adoption by global carriers for use cases including smart city-type applications, asset tracking and agricultural projects.

NB-IoT is primarily marked by low cost, low power consumption — in some cases field-deployed devices can run off a battery for up to a decade — and key LTE features like security…


Wearables, mobile apps, data-based diagnostics and more could revolutionize the way patients access and receive medical services.

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Internet of Things Enabled Healthcare

Healthcare is a highly valuable albeit highly contentious industry. Soaring costs, complex insurance regulations used at times as much for political leverage as for ensuring patient care, overworked doctors and nurses, and ongoing public health issues all influence the way patients interact with medical professionals and other caregivers.

To some extent all of these problems, along with many others that plague healthcare service delivery, could be streamlined, and outcomes improved, through better access to real-time information, innovative monitoring techniques and predictive diagnostics–all solutions the Internet of Things can enable.

IoT as a Healthcare Industry Disruptor

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A look at the 5 wireless IEEE protocols

Various types of wireless technology and networks allow devices to speak (send data) to each other and to the web (TCP/IP Networks) without cables. There are a number of different wireless technologies out there that can be implemented in hardware products for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communication.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has seven task groups in place for 802.15 technologies. Those groups set the standards for common types of wireless technologies used for personal area networks. Those 802.15 …


Supply chain management is a foundational business process that impacts nearly every enterprise, and IoT is enabling businesses to do it better.

Supply chain management is a foundational business process that impacts nearly every enterprise, whether you’re a manufacturer who must transport parts into a factory and finished goods to the point of sale, or a farming operation tasked with transporting produce for processing or to commercial kitchens.

Quite often, this important task involves third-party logistics companies, which, while filling an important role, can also insert inefficiency and lack of visibility into the process.

Sensors that can monitor the condition of products in shipment and cloud platforms that can optimize delivery routes are just some of the technologies that are currently disrupting…


What’s best for IoT?

The real business value enabled by the Internet of Things is derived not really from the data, but from insights that facilitate real-time actions that increase asset efficiency, reliability and utilization.

That value takes many forms with IoT use cases that range from supply chain management and manufacturing automation to parking and waste management solutions.

But, to actually save time and money with IoT, the data insight has to come from somewhere — typically centralized, scalable cloud computing platforms tailored for the device, connectivity and data management needs of the Internet of Things.

Cloud Computing

At a basic…


From the device, to the edge, to the cloud, to the data center, open source software and hardware is bringing interoperability to the Internet of Things.

The descriptor “open source” is primarily associated with software, the source code of which is freely accessible for examination, use, and expansion by users other than the developer. The practice started among early academic, corporate and government adopters and hit a major milestone in 1991 when Linus Torvalds released the Linux kernel.

Fast forward to the present and Torvalds’ open source operating system has been adapted for use in embedded components, routers, access points, devices and data center applications — all important aspects of generating, transmitting and receiving the huge amount of data produced by the booming Internet of Things.


With billions of devices to come online in the near future, we’ll need wireless networks that can support them. Is Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) the solution?

Experts predict there will be more than 26 billion devices connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020. As exciting as that sounds, the volume of connected devices will necessitate wireless networks that can support them all. Some predict that Narrowband IoT will be the best Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) option.


This technology allows Internet of Things devices to connect directly to a 4G network, without a gateway and while running on batteries

LTE-M is the abbreviation for LTE Cat-M1 or Long Term Evolution (4G), category M1. But what is LTE-M? What is LTE-M used for? This technology is for Internet of Things devices to connect directly to a 4G network, without a gateway and while running on batteries.

Bottom Line on LTE-M

  1. It’s cheaper. Devices can connect to 4G networks with chips that are less expensive to make, because they are half-duplex and have a narrower bandwidth.
  2. Long Battery Life. Devices can enter a “deep sleep” mode called Power Savings Mode (PSM) or wake up only periodically while connected. That mode is called extended discontinuous reception…


We look at the history of LPWAN and the applications that drew attention to the space, where the industry is now, and a glance at the future of LPWAN.

Illustration by Andrew Willoughby

Low Power, Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) has become a “big thing” in the Internet of Things over the last few years. This is a broad term for a variety of technologies used to connect sensors and controllers to the internet without the use of traditional WiFi or cellular.

The modern LPWAN movement began with Sigfox, and then LoRa came onto the scene. Now the cellular carriers are offering their own IoT device connectivity options via LTE Cat-M and NB-IOT.

Monitoring applications have been around for several decades, but the title and acronym for a low power, wide-area network (LPWAN) was…


These terms aren’t interchangeable, but what do they mean?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to fundamentally change the way a wide range of industries approach the procurement, processing, and distribution of raw materials and finished products.

New efficiencies based on the introduction of intelligent sensors, mission-critical communications, automation, and robotics will optimize industries ranging from mining and shipping to manufacturing verticals including electronics, automotive and petrochemical products. This emerging megatrend is alternatively called the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industry 4.0, although these aren’t interchangeable terms. Let’s take a look at both.

Brian Ray

Entreprenuer, wireless nerd, Making the Things of Internet of Things. Founder of Link Labs. Dad. Sailor. Former Submarine Officer, IC, USNA, Oxford.

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