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Implementing Cellular IoT Solutions for Digital Transformation

By : Dennis McCain
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Implementing Cellular IoT Solutions for Digital Transformation

By: Dennis McCain

Overview of this book

Even if you’re an IoT technology manager with a sound understanding of wireless local area network technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you may face many unique challenges when implementing a wireless wide area network (WWAN) IoT solution with cellular technologies with respect to choosing the optimal IoT device, cellular connectivity, and architecture. To help you overcome such roadblocks, this digital transformation book guides you in implementing a robust, end-to-end cellular IoT solution using best practices for all aspects of managing the IoT solution. Starting with an introduction to the top IoT markets and solutions in the context of an enterprise’s digital transformation, this book will show you how this leads to cost savings and new business models. You’ll grasp all you need to know about the IoT system components, life cycle, and best practices for implementing an IoT solution. While the book explains all the leading IoT wireless technologies, the focus is on LTE and 5G cellular technologies. With a review of real-world cellular IoT solution case studies and future IoT trends, you'll be ready to work with wireless IoT technologies, devices, and architectures. By the end of this book, you'll be able to identify the best wireless technologies for your IoT use cases and successfully implement cellular IoT solutions addressing key issues in the solution life cycle.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1: Entering the World of the Internet of Things
Part 2: Deep Dive into Cellular IoT Solutions
Part 3: Cellular IoT Solution Life Cycle and Future Trends

The cellular IoT network architecture

A high-level diagram of the LTE network architecture in the context of IoT solutions is shown in Figure 2.5. Starting with the IoT device, we will discuss the process for accessing and sending data on the LTE network and the role of the network components shown.

Figure 2.5 – The cellular IoT network architecture

Figure 2.5 – The cellular IoT network architecture

In this section, we will describe each of the main cellular network components shown in Figure 2.5, including the role of each network element in identifying and allowing cellular IoT devices to access the network.

Let us begin our overview with the IoT device that is used in the enterprise IoT use case, which is termed user equipment (UE).

The UE

The UE or IoT device must be compatible with the LTE network to gain access. This means it must support the specific LTE technology and frequency bands and have the properly licensed LTE carrier credentials (for example, AT&T or Verizon), which...