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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

5G and IoT

In our overview of 5G, we described the unique features of the 5G network architecture that can enable new enterprise IoT solutions. In this section, we will look at the 5G technology roadmap and coexistence with LTE in support of new IoT solutions.

Given that 5G is a fairly new technology and the new 5G modules/devices are required to support 4 X 4 MIMO, high bandwidths (high peak data rates), and LTE Advanced (Cat 17+), the cost of these modules/devices is currently around five times higher than standard LTE (Cat 1+) devices/modules. As with any new technology, the cost will decrease over the next few years. Since Qualcomm is the primary chipset supplier for 5G IoT modules and devices, its feature release schedule is a primary driver for the 5G IoT market. The high cost of 5G hardware is a big hurdle for new 5G enterprise IoT solutions where the features of standard LTE and even LTE low-power wide area (LPWA) (LTE-M or NB-IoT) are sufficient. The primary concern in...