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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

Leveraging Cellular IoT Technologies

In this chapter, we will provide an overview of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) cellular IoT technologies with 5G, covered in Chapter 5, Validating 5G with IoT. There are specific LPWA LTE technologies called LTE Category M (which we will refer to as LTE-M) and Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT), which are primarily used in low-power enterprise cellular IoT solutions. Both of these LTE LPWA technologies will be covered in this chapter. As we will describe, there are unique features of LTE-M and NB-IoT that have helped drive the global cellular IoT device market to reach 2 billion in 1H21 (IoT Analytics, 2021) with the number of cellular IoT connections expected to reach 3.5 billion in 2023 (Ericsson 2022). While in 2020, unlicensed LPWA technologies (such as LoRa) led licensed LTE LPWA connections with a 53% market share, one year later, LTE LPWA connections led with a 54% share (IoT Analytics, 2021).

In this chapter, we will provide a technical overview of...