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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

LTE technologies

As of 2022, LTE based on at least the 3GPP Release 8 standard has been deployed in licensed spectrum in over 170 countries, with over 530 cellular carriers; however, the LTE MTC (including LTE-M and NB-IoT) part of the 3GPP Release 13 standard has only been deployed in 74 countries, with 170 cellular carriers. Unlike standard LTE (LTE Cat 1), the cellular LPWA LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies are not as ubiquitous globally, with some countries deploying only LTE-M, only NB-IoT, or both. This is a key consideration for global enterprise IoT solutions, which we will discuss later in this chapter when we review LTE LPWA best practices and network coverage.

We covered the high-level LTE network architecture in Chapter 2, Understanding IoT Devices and Architectures, including how user equipment (UE) or IoT devices access the LTE network via the LTE eNodeB Radio Access Network (RAN). We also reviewed the elements of the LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC), which validates the...