IoT Incubator for NB-IoT/LTE-M Streamlining

IoT Prototype Timeline

With Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) focuses on future technology rollouts in the form of 5G and Mass IoT, often the use case and application development for Radio Network is overlooked. Leaving 5G use cases aside for a different time, most IoT applications are very small data or very well could be allowing for the use of cost effective rate plans and chipsets for NB-IoT/LTE-M networks. One of the greatest hurdles for MNOs to overcome is educating the developer community on how to use these new networks to minimize the amount of impact to their network capacity. This means getting them off older networks (2G/3G) and not to utilize the full capacity of 4G/5G networks unless the application absolutely requires the speed and latency.

What do developers need to know to update their existing applications or trial new networks? How do they push their data across these new networks? The cases for them to understand how NB-IoT/LTE-M can work for them tend to focus on.

  1. Live Radio Module Testing: The basic methods to drive NB-IoT and LTE-M real-world modules. Testing commands on different modules before buying saves time on delivery and simple connection and develops understanding of best practices already available.
  2. Device/Sensors: Most IoT devices are similar in the form of an Arduino (for simplicity discussion only, everyone has their own flavor of testbeds). This means they need to get their code onto a device and test it out. Once they know it works, they can move on to the full prototype ordering and engagement. Closing the gap on development to prototype is key to NB-IoT/LTE-M network adoptions. These devices are typically simple sensor for specific tasks that need to only send small packets of information back. The backbone of NB-IoT/LTE-M network concepts.
  3. Edge type computing. Using more processor driven applications such as video recognition or localized network of nodes feeding into a single interface connection back.

Providing an IoT incubator to modules could reduce concept to working prototype by over two months over current methods for effectively using wireless networks. It would also reduce the barriers to entry of IoT for start-ups and single developers in their garage to get the next great idea to market. The gain for MNOs is 10-fold. Not only do they speed to market devices to get on their networks, they also understand through testing what protocols are being used and steer developers to best practices to maximize network capacity down the road.

Developers must validate network connections, protocols, and best practices for wireless integration into their concepts. A means to log in and test modules, networks, and devices anytime, anywhere. Will the module selected work in Europe the same as North America, with one firmware versus another? The real-world test cases for network can be setup, accessed, and validated without leaving your PC. The current process of order a developer kit, get a sim, hope you bought the right one for your needs, develop and then scale is a very long process. People need help along the way. Eliminating hurdles will open the floodgates of the trillion device NB-IoT networks MNOs envision. Ask TTS-Wireless what we can do for your IoT needs. From remote control and module checkout, to protocols, to field mobility testing and data synchronization with analytics; we have your IoT development needs covered.

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