Earlier when IoT was discovered it was widely dependent on how the experts defined it. However, with the incredible growth in the last years, IoT has secured a remarkable market position. According to the present ay record more than 15 billion smartphone devices in use are all IoT based. But a less known fact is that less than 10 percent of all IoT connections are supported by cellular networks because the vast majority of IoT connections are industrial.
IoT solutions is one of the optimized solutions that acts best with low bandwidth, highly efficient connectivity and extended battery life. They require the best seamless coverage while operating from remote areas. However, the ratio of non-cellular to cellular connectivity is set to change dramatically with the launch plan of 5G and NB-IoT. It is thus simply described as a fast paced cellular technology that is aimed to offer services like low power, highly efficient and cost effective connectivity by consuming only a fraction of the 4G LTE frequency band.
What is Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT)?
A wireless 3GPP cellular technology, Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a new fast growing standard which was introduced in Release 13. It is used to address the LPWA IoT requirements of the IoT. It was classified as a 5G technology and was standardized by 3GPP in 2016. It is one of the advanced and fast emerging LPWAN technology that is leading to enable a wide range of new IoT devices. These devices include utilities, wearables, smart parking, and industrial solutions. The best perk of using NB IoT is that, it is characterized by an exemplary indoor coverage, cost efficiency, support of a massive number of connections, optimized network architecture and low device power consumption. It has an exceptional ability to transform the network by connecting a larger flee of devices which is even up to 50,000 per NB-IoT network cell and that too without compromising the power consumption, and its coverage potential.
Why NB-IoT is a better solution?
NB IoT is not only aimed at improving the network efficiency, but also, it has the capacity to support multiple new connections by consuming just a part of the available spectrum. As stated above, NB IoT has such an efficiency potential that it minimizes the power consumption to improve the extended battery life. Not just that it has the tendency to penetrate deep underground into enclosed spaces to provide 20+dB coverage indoors. If we talk about benefits to choose NB IoT technology as a better solution, the underlying technology is less complex than the cellular mobile used traditionally. It is also used to simplify the design, development, and deployment of OEMs and to offer the best security and privacy features of LTE mobile networks including support for user identity authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, entity authentication, and mobile device identification.
Thus, with so many benefits, Narrow band Internet of Things has altogether emerged as the latest advanced and highly optimized technology. Thereby, entirely changing the market competition with its interactive modules.