Telekom Slovenije tests Narrowband-IoT standardized technology

LJUBLJANA, 02-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Telekom Slovenije has successfully completed testing the Narrowband-IoT standardized technology. This is a low-power network technology that utilizes the existing infrastructure. It designed for effective communication of mass-distributed devices (up to 50,000 devices per network cell) on a broad geographical area or in a tight urban space, and for transferring their data streams. It is suitable for devices that generate little data traffic (such as sensors), and are battery-powered with a long lifecycle. Telekom Slovenije is planning to shortly establish test environments in Ljubljana and Maribor, allowing interested companies, individual developers and educational institutions to test the operation of their own Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

Solutions that can be used with the NB-IoT technology are diverse, ranging from simple ones, such as remote meter reading, to the more complex, like smart power grids, autonomous vehicles and smart cities. Right now the most active industries utilizing IoT solutions are transportation (cargo tracking, vehicle monitoring, electric vehicle charging, etc.), public utility services (smart water distribution systems, gas pipe networks and power grids), protection and security (emergency calls, critical communication, alarms and warnings, surveillance, etc.) and smart cities. In the future a major expansion in use of Internet of Things is expected in manufacture, sales and finance (banking, payments, insurance, etc.) healthcare (remote care, remote doctor, etc.), and public utility services (waste management, recycling, etc.).

Alongside NB-IoT Telekom Slovenije is also testing other IoT wireless technologies (LoRA, Wi-Fi, etc.) that support different IoT applications. “Telekom Slovenije is testing and using the latest technologies, while closely monitoring the development and current trends in this field. The NB-IoT technology utilizes existing network infrastructure to provide excellent coverage and reliable connectivity that can benefit companies of all sizes. This method of providing connectivity to devices and things opens the door to the development of new business models, partnerships and end-to-end solutions. That is why we invite companies, independent developers and educational institutions to test the operation of their solution in a real environment, so they can further develop and optimize them,” said Igor Bohorč, MSc., Director of the Strategic Unit B2B at Telekom Slovenije.

Today there is a growing number of interconnected devices and systems, and in the future these needs will be even greater. The Narrowband-IoT technology standard allows the development of standardized solutions that work in existing networks, and is especially useful when the established communication channels between devices (mobile networks, DSL, WLAN, Bluetooth) are not technologically suitable or cost effective. Devices connected into the Internet of Things generally do not require a lot of data transfer, are energy efficient, and operate as independent units. They require a strong radio signal to operate, one that can also cover cellars and other indoor locations (NB-IoT provides 20 dB more power indoor than the GSM technology), that ensures reliable, stable and secure data transfer, and long-lasting, energy efficient batteries that can run for 10 years and more.

SOURCE: Telekom Slovenije

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