LITTLE THINGS ON A MASSIVE SCALE
It's not IoT Lite. It's IoT massive. Low and medium data connectivity for large-scale applications.
To do anything on a massive scale, the price has to be right. That's why the NB-IoT and LTE-M standards were developed. They strip away functionality that many IoT applications simply don't need. The result: hardware that costs less to manufacture, uses less power, and because it focuses on doing the simple things really well, can deliver greater range and penetration than other IoT technologies.
NB-IoT is intended for low data purposes. Such as a connected car-park where all you need to know is whether there’s a car there or not.
Because NB-IoT is being adopted by so many companies, hardware costs are falling fast. But it's not just hardware; low data requirements also mean lower connectivity costs. This is ideal when IoT makes sense in large numbers but ARPU is low.
NB-IoT can out-perform other standards in terms of range both above and below ground – so that makes it ideal for things like utility metering.
Because NB-IoT doesn't try to do it all. It's battery life is up to 10 years – and we'll see how long it keeps going after that. This makes it ideal for applications such as environmental monitoring and other uses where you have a lot of sensors carrying out relatively simple functions, but you don’t want to have to change the battery every year.
NB-IoT is great at what it's great at. But if you need a little more data and functionality, we offer LTE-M.
Keep track of things on the move. LTE-M enables asset tracking and
In cases where people may need to communicate via your connected things, such as security and mecial alarm systems LTE-M can support.
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