All You Need to Know About Cellular IoT and it’s Smart Solutionsby Monomita Chakraborty January 20, 2021
The technology linking physical objects to the Internet using the same cellular network commonly used by smartphones is Cellular IoT. This innovation will, particularly, connect IoT devices using current mobile networks. The Cellular IoT offers solutions and allows them to address major obstacles for a multitude of sectors, like management systems, farming, and smart services.
According to Soracom, “Cellular IoT is often used in:
- Smart agriculture – remotely start farm equipment to improve production efficiency and convenience.
- Smart city – counters allow public parks to count their attendance each day without paying staff to manually monitor the crowds.
- Public safety – IoT-connected asset trackers monitor school buses in real time to ensure they are on schedule and to keep students safe at all times.
The following advantages are provided by Cellular IoT:
Wide Area of Coverage
There is an extensive coverage area already in place since cellular IoT uses pre-existing mobile networks. One can also handle the distribution of devices in various countries and cities. This is necessary for any IoT project in which the availability of information is critical and especially for the monitoring of properties, mobility, and other technology firm activities.
It is important to periodically test and monitor any physical device and that involves cellular IoT devices. You can remotely monitor and troubleshoot your linked connected devices, regardless of geographic location, using an online IoT system. This advantage implies that service technicians can be notified instead of having to search every system for anomalies. Cellular connections thus eliminate interruption and significantly curb field service-related expenses.
Personal networks & tools for protection
To guard against illegal disclosure, every IoT application requires security protocols. This is especially relevant for all sensitive data tracking devices, such as medical applications or fraudulent ones. To add layers of protection to the user, network, and data, cellular IoT devices may use private network technologies like VPNs, APNs, and IPsec protocols.
Advancement of Cellular IoT
Cellular networks are now ubiquitous across the entire planet, able to promote huge data movements, so we wouldn’t need to create any new physical infrastructure to support cellular IoT. Cellular-enabled IoT computers, however, were using a lot of power for years, restricting their utility to apps where energy was easily obtainable. However, modern cellular sensors can now transmit acceptable quantities of data over large distances without exhausting the power. And moreover, the future will look bright for cellular IoT with 5G on the way.
Upcoming Possibilities of Cellular IoT
According to Network World, “5G is the future of mobile communication and IoT, promising blistering speeds and ultra-low latency for a wide range of devices/services. Of course, the road to 5G runs through 4G infrastructure, building on 4G as an overlay using fixed wireless, enhanced mobile broadband, low latency and automated data communication.
This has important consequences for cellular IoT. While 5G holds great promise for IoT devices, carriers don’t have to wait. Cellular IoT can be deployed today using 4G networks and will occupy a sizable portion of 5G networks in the future. As a next step, carriers must find ways to monetize the service and decide on reasonable prices for commercial customers.”