LTE-M Technology for Internet of Things
LTE-M or Long Term Evolution category M1 is the technology for Internet of Things devices to connect directly to a 4G network. It’s cheaper as the devices can connect to 4G networks with chips that are less expensive to make. Furthermore, the devices can enter a “ deep sleep” mode or wake up only periodically while connected. Also, these devices do not tax the 4G network as much and carriers can offer service plans that closer to old 2GM2m pricing than 4G pricing.
Startups Started Modern LPWAN Movement
Sigfox, a French startup began the modern LPWAN movement. Soon it has become the “in thing” in the Internet of Things over the last few years. LoRa came onto the scene after LPWAN and now many carriers are offering their own IoT device connectivity options. Before LPWAN, there were similar topologies and network architectures like AlarmNet or ARDIS. However, in recent times re-emergence of LPWAN s technologies is more in vogue due to low-cost and low-data devices in trend. SigFox invigorated the interest which started in 2009.
Considerations While Building a Solution with LTE-M
A small, power-efficient sensor device cannot host PPP, therefore serious embedded development is required. Furthermore, securities also come with complexities, therefore, the plan should be in offing to address the situation. Also, it is necessary to correct battery chemistry and capacity while building a solution with LTE-M.
Mobile Internet of Things Forum
The forum provides all industry and wider ecosystem stakeholders with market representation to accelerate the wide-spread adoption of 3GPP-based LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies. It also facilitates commercial launches of LTE-M and NB -IoT solutions globally Furthermore, it is also promoting collaboration between all LTE-M and NB-IOT industry partners to ensure the interoperability of solutions. The forum is open to GSMA members and Associate Members. However, all members are required to contribute to the Task Force ‘s high-level objectives.