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A low power IoT solution for wide area deployment

What is NB-IoT?

NB-IoT is a low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology. NB-IoT has been developed to enable efficient communication, long battery life for mass distributed devices and lower costs for wide geographical footprints or deep within urban infrastructure.

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Why is LPWA important?

LPWA is specifically designed for connecting devices with low bandwidth requirements, using low power, while providing wider and deeper network coverage. Many millions of devices are predicted to be connected via LPWA networks in the next few years.

The potential for LPWA technology is huge. Most devices can last ten years in the field without a battery charge, connect as far as 10km, cost only$10 each, with cell sites able to support 10,000 devices.
 

 

LPWANs driving device connectivity

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Strong coverage over large areas, even underground or deep within urban infrastructure

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Great power efficiency, devices can run on batteries for 10 years or more without a charge

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Massive scale, connecting potentially millions of devices in a single deployment

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Low cost communications hardware, enabling data collection devices to be built for less than $10

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Low bandwidth, many use cases require only a few bytes of data to be transmitted per device per day

Why NB-IoT?

  • NB-IoT is a specification developed by 3GPP, and was standardised as part of 3GPP Release 13 in June 2016.
  • NB-IoT is an ‘industrial grade’ LPWA solution – it runs on licenced spectrum which guarantees quality of service and a future-proofed capability
  • It’s a cellular technology related to LTE, supports two way communications and is designed specifically for LPWA applications
  • It is designed to offer 20 dB coverage improvement versus GSM
  • Low device cost, and compatibility with existing cellular network infrastructure, with the same level of security as LTE.

Find out more detail about the features of NB-IoT as described in the 3GPP specification Release 13 from June 2016

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Security

LTE grade security as standard, keeping your data and network safe
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Existing infrastructure

Uses existing LTE networks

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Open standards

Based on open standards – service is not vendor or operator dependent

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Industry support

Wide industry support from service providers through to chipset makers

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Two-way

Bi-directional communication

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Licensed spectrum

Operates in a licensed spectrum and provides assured quality of service with minimal risk of interference

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64dB propagation

Deepest and furthest reach of any LPWA network

Why Choose Us

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50% of all wireless connections will be LPWA by 2025

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Vodafone was 1st to announce launch of live commercial NB-IoT network in Spain (Jan 2017)

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Vodafone was 1st to complete NB-IoT pilots

We have launched NB-IoT in 9 markets:

- Spain -
- Ireland -
- Netherlands -
- Czech Republic
- Turkey
- Italy
- Australia
- South Afric
- Germany

The power of our network, as well as our place as a founding member of the GSMA NB-IoT Forum, puts us firmly at the forefront of delivering this pioneering technology. Read more about what we are doing to enable the Internet of Things with NB-IoT

NB IoT Smart Access Control by LEAPIN Digital Keys with Vodafone NB IoT

NB IoT Smart Access Control by LEAPIN Digital Keys with Vodafone NB IoT

NB-IoT is an efficient, cost effective technology for a wide range of IoT applications. Any devices that have low energy consumption, low data transfer demands and are geographically dispersed or remote can benefit from its application. Developments so far include:

large-business

Connected Cities

Street lighting
Smart waste
Smart transport
Road traffic monitoring
Smart parking
Infrastructure sensors

business

Connected living and working

Pet tracking
Fire safety
Asset tracking
Location security
Smart metering

delivery

Connected industry

Warehouse monitoring
Safety and security
Wear monitoring

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Connected agriculture

Animal welfare monitoring
Crop monitoring
Animal tracking
Soil monitoring

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Connected industry

Warehouse monitoring
Safety and security
Wear monitoring

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Connected science

Smart laboratories
Asset tracking

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Connected health

Drug delivery
Wearables for elderly

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Connected retail

Intelligent stores
Smart connected cabinets
Smart shelves

LPWA

Why is LPWA important?

LPWA is specifically designed for connecting devices with low bandwidth requirements, using low power, while providing wider and deeper network coverage. Many millions of devices are predicted to be connected via LPWA networks in the next few years.

The potential for LPWA technology is huge. Most devices can last ten years in the field without a battery charge, connect as far as 10km, cost only$10 each, with cell sites able to support 10,000 devices.
 

 

LPWANs driving device connectivity

broadband-or-wifi

Strong coverage over large areas, even underground or deep within urban infrastructure

Alarm-System

Great power efficiency, devices can run on batteries for 10 years or more without a charge

Generic - Device - IoT

Massive scale, connecting potentially millions of devices in a single deployment

Auto Top Up

Low cost communications hardware, enabling data collection devices to be built for less than $10

Image-icon-red-network-signal

Low bandwidth, many use cases require only a few bytes of data to be transmitted per device per day

Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT)

Why NB-IoT?

  • NB-IoT is a specification developed by 3GPP, and was standardised as part of 3GPP Release 13 in June 2016.
  • NB-IoT is an ‘industrial grade’ LPWA solution – it runs on licenced spectrum which guarantees quality of service and a future-proofed capability
  • It’s a cellular technology related to LTE, supports two way communications and is designed specifically for LPWA applications
  • It is designed to offer 20 dB coverage improvement versus GSM
  • Low device cost, and compatibility with existing cellular network infrastructure, with the same level of security as LTE.

Find out more detail about the features of NB-IoT as described in the 3GPP specification Release 13 from June 2016

rank-pro

Security

LTE grade security as standard, keeping your data and network safe
Generic - Device - IoT

Existing infrastructure

Uses existing LTE networks

TV_EPG_backwards

Open standards

Based on open standards – service is not vendor or operator dependent

Sim

Industry support

Wide industry support from service providers through to chipset makers

forum

Two-way

Bi-directional communication

profile

Licensed spectrum

Operates in a licensed spectrum and provides assured quality of service with minimal risk of interference

tick-simple

64dB propagation

Deepest and furthest reach of any LPWA network

Why Choose Us

APP_multiscreen

50% of all wireless connections will be LPWA by 2025

Generic - Device - IoT

Vodafone was 1st to announce launch of live commercial NB-IoT network in Spain (Jan 2017)

superstar

Vodafone was 1st to complete NB-IoT pilots

We have launched NB-IoT in 9 markets:

- Spain -
- Ireland -
- Netherlands -
- Czech Republic
- Turkey
- Italy
- Australia
- South Afric
- Germany

The power of our network, as well as our place as a founding member of the GSMA NB-IoT Forum, puts us firmly at the forefront of delivering this pioneering technology. Read more about what we are doing to enable the Internet of Things with NB-IoT

NB IoT Smart Access Control by LEAPIN Digital Keys with Vodafone NB IoT

NB IoT Smart Access Control by LEAPIN Digital Keys with Vodafone NB IoT

Narrowband-IoT applications and solutions

NB-IoT is an efficient, cost effective technology for a wide range of IoT applications. Any devices that have low energy consumption, low data transfer demands and are geographically dispersed or remote can benefit from its application. Developments so far include:

large-business

Connected Cities

Street lighting
Smart waste
Smart transport
Road traffic monitoring
Smart parking
Infrastructure sensors

business

Connected living and working

Pet tracking
Fire safety
Asset tracking
Location security
Smart metering

delivery

Connected industry

Warehouse monitoring
Safety and security
Wear monitoring

TV_everywhere

Connected agriculture

Animal welfare monitoring
Crop monitoring
Animal tracking
Soil monitoring

car-dongle-wifi

Connected industry

Warehouse monitoring
Safety and security
Wear monitoring

rank-genius

Connected science

Smart laboratories
Asset tracking

diagnotics

Connected health

Drug delivery
Wearables for elderly

shopping-trolley

Connected retail

Intelligent stores
Smart connected cabinets
Smart shelves

NB-IoT OpenLabs

We have a number of NB-IoT OpenLabs available for customers, partners and vendors to test their applications, devices and chip sets in a secure, live environment.

Main OpenLab sites:

UK (Newbury)
Germany (Dusseldorf)

Satellite sites:

Italy (Milan)
Romania (Bucharest)
Hungary (Budapest)
Egypt (Cairo)
Iceland (Reykjavik)

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Our OpenLabs are innovative places that provide an environment for application developers and device, module and chip manufacturers to test their products. This accelerates their time to market for NB-IoT devices and services. It also allows device manufacturers to verify that their products meet the exceptional sensitivity and battery life performance requirements of NB-IoT devices.

Services offered at our Open Labs include:

  • NB-IoT device test for network integration
  • E2E testing from device to network, and from network to the internet and user applications
  • Power consumption testing
  • Extended coverage testing (ECL0 / ECL1 / ECL2)
  • NB-IoT GCF Certification
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