New report helps companies select IoT technology
Pilz Automation Ltd
Posted to News on 5th Oct 2016, 15:19

New report helps companies select IoT technology

There are a variety of technologies to choose from when connecting a product or service. Therefore, consulting firm Northstream has produced a white paper, commissioned by Telenor Connexion, to help guide businesses among the various Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Telenor Connexion today issued the report "Connectivity Technologies for IoT'.

New report helps companies select IoT technology

Selecting the most suitable connectivity technology is one of the most critical decisions when a company develops an IoT system. Making the right decision is crucial since the wrong choice can result in poor performance or higher costs in the short term. In the long term, the consequences can include reduced scalability and, at worst, an expensive swap to a more future-proof option.

Today there are a variety of technologies for IoT networks, such as traditional cellular (2G/3G/4G), Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWA), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. LPWA, in particular, has recently emerged as an alternative for things that were previously too expensive, remote or battery draining to be connected.

Martin Whitlock, CTO at Telenor Connexion says: "Telenor Connexion sees great potential in LPWA, which enables new use cases beyond the cellular-based applications that we deliver today. We have particularly high expectations on the LPWA standard Narrow-Band IoT, which we believe will be a technology that operators worldwide will establish, thereby ensuring high demands on performance and future proofing. The scale advantages from a widespread usage of NB-IoT cater for an ecosystem where the costs for connected devices can be kept down."

Telenor, together with Q-Free will be the first in the Nordic region to use NB-IoT on a larger scale as the companies will launch a pilot in January 2017, for smart parking in Trondheim, Norway. The pilot is considered as the first step towards a full-scale commercial network for IoT in Norway.

Every company has different needs that require various technical considerations, such as coverage, energy efficiency, security, scalability, and interoperability. These factors determine the choice of IoT technology. The report identifies and groups these considerations into three categories: technical, commercial and ecosystem related, providing companies a structured approach to analysing their requirements.

Bengt Nordstrm, CEO of Northstream, says: "There is not one single technology or solution that is ideal for all IoT solutions, and some technologies will coexist with others rather than being a competing standard. There are many actors in the respective technologies today, aiming to become market leaders and establish their own ecosystem. The current fragmentation in the market is not sustainable in the long run and eventually leaders will emerge."

Follow the links to download the full report or the 3-page summary of the "Connectivity Technologies for IoT' report.

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