In June, telecommunications standards body 3GPP finalized the specifications for Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT)technology. While this may seem like an administrative point, it's an important step forward in the technology's development. With the standards in place, it's time for the industry to deliver on the promise of this low-power wide-area networking technology. With this in mind, I discussed what’s next for NB-IoT in IoT Journal.
In the article, I outline how NB-IoT is a type of low-power wide-area (LPWA) networking technology, in which small amounts of data are transmitted over long distances via cellular devices with low power requirements and a long battery life. This makes it ideal for functions ranging from sensor monitoring to asset tracking in remote or hard-to-reach places, giving it the potential to connect millions of objects, including water meters, trash cans, parking spots and other important resources.
The new 3GPP standard will act as a common foundation for developers and engineers to design NB-IoT applications, services and systems that work together. Stakeholders already testing the technology can now accelerate their development programs with confidence. As trials transition to standardized technology, the industry can expect to see the pace of development accelerate. And, with the building blocks of the technology now firmly in place, it's important for the industry to focus on building and supporting the NB-IoT ecosystem. With the collaboration of leaders across the industry, and with the talents of developers, we can bring NB-IoTsolutions to the market by 2017, and ensure future innovation with the technology.