Today, there is immense economic potential in the rise of Smart City technology and the need for things and places to communicate reliably and effectively has never been greater. As such, the role of technology in our daily lives is being reimagined as we work to create a more intuitive Internet of Things. By helping cities share more interactions and data across a variety of networks, we’re re-writing the narrative for IoT, creating a shared network across entire industries.
We are utilizing LTE technologies to transform smart cities, giving machines, devices and sensors the ability to connect and communicate remotely, reliably and securely. As LTE continues to play an increasingly important role for applications, such as smart cities, new technology innovations will be required in order to meet the changing space. With the recent standardization of NB-IoT (Narrowband-IoT) we are introducing new technologies that are designed to significantly reduce device complexity, increase battery life and provide deeper coverage to reach challenging locations, such as deep inside buildings. The standardization of NB-IoT will help enable new LTE device categories and technologies that can either scale up in performance and mobility (for IoT applications) or scale down in complexity and power (for sensors and meters), bringing even more potential in the rise of Smart City technology.