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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

Licensed versus unlicensed technologies

To begin our exploration of IoT wireless technologies, it is important to understand the difference between licensed versus unlicensed wireless spectrum. Unlicensed spectrum is public wireless spectrum that can be used by organizations without getting permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US or the governing wireless regulatory body in the deployment region globally. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) designated Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) unlicensed frequency bands for many uses beyond telecommunication. Examples of IoT technologies that use unlicensed spectrum or ISM bands include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Long Range (LoRa), and Thread, as well as other proprietary technologies. We will go into detail on each of these technologies later in this chapter. From a radio frequency (RF) perspective, the lower the frequency the better the range/coverage—so, for example, technologies utilizing...