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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

WWAN and WLAN IoT technologies

WWAN technologies include cellular LTE and 5G, as well as some unlicensed Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies such as LoRaWAN, whereas WLAN includes the prevalent Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies.Well over 80% of the connectivity in current IoT solutions are the WLAN and WPAN technologies, which are critical parts of the IoT ecosystem and will be reviewed next. We will cover licensed cellular LPWA in detail in Chapter 4, Leveraging Cellular IoT Technologies.

There are four primary WLAN/WPAN unlicensed technologies used in most enterprise IoT solutions. These are as follows:

  • Bluetooth/Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • Wi-Fi
  • LoRa and LoRaWAN
  • LR-WPAN (IEEE 802.15.4)

We will start our review of WLAN/WPAN technologies with Bluetooth/BLE, which is the most prevalent WPAN technology.


Bluetooth is a ubiquitous, short-range, standardized WPAN technology developed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth...