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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

Overview of 5G

Let’s begin our review of 5G with an overview of the 5G network architecture, including the 5G network deployment options. We will conclude our overview with a review of the 5G radio technology and frequency spectrum as well as service-based architecture (SBA) slicing, supporting unique 5G IoT use cases.

5G network architecture

Most of the 5G NR network deployments today use what is called a Non Standalone (NSA) architecture where the LTE network Evolved Packet Core (EPC) is used for the control plane data, with 5G used for the user plane data. The control plane manages how data packets are forwarded, whereas the data plane actually carries the user traffic. These networks are typically planned to evolve to a Standalone (SA) architecture with both user and control plane data on a dedicated 5G core. These network architectures are shown in Figure 5.2:

Figure 5.2 – 5G NSA versus SA

Figure 5.2 – 5G NSA versus SA

Due to existing LTE network infrastructure...