IoT (Internet of Things) – Everything You Need To Know

IoT (Internet of Things) – Everything You Need To Know

IoT is a term used to describe the network of devices that are connected to such as watches, televisions, appliances, etc. One of the great benefits of having these devices connected to that they can send and receive information to make your life easier.

A prime example of how the IoT devices improve our lives is in automobiles that are now ‘smart’. These smart automobiles get and give directions as you drive, they can call emergency services if they sense you’ve been in an accident, and they can allow you to stream movies and games for the kid’s entertainment on those long trips. Also, while self-driving cars that are connected to the IoT are still in the experimental stages, there will come a time when you can summon a car from your smartphone, and kick back and relax while it takes you safely to your destination.

While these connected devices are here to stay and are making our lives easier and safer, the fact remains that wireless networks of today aren’t up to the task of handling these devices efficiently. Today’s wireless technology is built for fast data transfer speeds but cares little for power consumption because we’re all used to charging our devices daily.

Internet of Things
Internet of Things

IoT devices aren’t being charged daily and rely more heavily on long battery life, which is where narrowband IoT comes in. Narrowband works with the LTE standard and allows IoT devices to be connected to the network without the power drain that comes from full LTE. This means that IoT devices can operate in the field much longer without the need for being charged.

In addition, traditional LTE is designed for moving large packets of data quickly, but devices only require small bits of data to be sent at a time, and LTE is overkill for that purpose, which is why the narrowband IoT is perfect.

Narrowband IoT Can Benefit Your Business

Because narrowband IoT isn’t as power-hungry, a company can deploy thousands of devices out in the field that are network connected without having to worry about charging or replacing batteries. In theory, many of these devices could remain powered on for 10 years or more. Also, narrowband IoT is more secure than both WiFi and Bluetooth, both of which are affected by interference.

Where You Can Use Narrowband IoT?

While it’s still an emerging technology, some applications for narrowband are in product tracking and logistics and wearable techs such as the Fit Bit, GoPro, and Apple Watch.

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