The dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT) creates a more connected world. With devices all interacting wirelessly, the dreams of smart cities and devices is quickly becoming a reality. According to uBlox, “the Popular Wireless communications methods include WiFi, Bluetooth low energy and LTE”, but Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is “emerging that addresses the challenges of poor signal strength and range limitations”
The use of NB-IoT can have a direct impact on time and resources for a business. The UBlox article discusses a water provider in Spain who lacked the finances to perform automated meter reading using traditional means. The power consumption was too high, and the signal environments were less than optimal. By Using NB-IoT, the company was able to run a successful trial using low power consumption and a wider range.
Until recently, NB-IoT has been perceived as more expensive to operate, but as the example above illustrates, network operators are beginning to embrace NB-IoT, which is are bringing costs down. Also the 3rd generation partnership project (3GPP) will soon be publishing it’s Release 14 which is expected to include specifications for NB-IoT.
As the demand for NB-IoT increases, so will the demand for NB-IoT testing increase. But, how do you test NB-IoT in a cost effective and reliable way?
Valid8.com understands the critical nature of reliable NB-IoT testing. Our technology supports testing for device manufacturers to test their products, as well as for network operators to test their network infrastructure. Our ability to execute these tests with an array of capabilities at a low cost of ownership provides peace of mind for manufacturers and operators in the realm of NB-IoT
NB-IoT has applications across public, private and industrial use. From wearables, to smart meters, to asset tracking, the ability to connect via reliable, low energy communication will allow IoT to grow and evolve. Reliable testing for NB-IoT assures high quality communications.