For much of the last decade there has been a great deal of media attention around IoT – and the smarter, ubiquitously connected world that it could enable. This would improve the crop yields in agriculture, boost the productivity of factories, result in better healthcare by monitoring patients from their homes, allow traffic congestion and air pollution issues within cities to be alleviated, etc. At international trade shows and conferences, it has driven debate and discussion. In a succession of reports, industry analysts have made ambitious projections about how many IoT nodes they expected would be in operation with certain timeframes. Unfortunately, the sort of figures envisaged are yet to actually be realized. Currently we are still at a stage where proof of concept IoT projects are being evaluated, and relatively small implementations are being undertaken in some disjoint sectors. This is still a long way from what had been originally hoped for.
Murata, Deutsche Telekom and Nowi have been working on a unique development platform: the Autonomous NB-IoT Development Solution (ANDS). Murata provides the connectivity module, Deutsche Telekom the nuSIM and Nowi the energy harvesting integration.
Combining Technology Innovations to Make IoT Implementations Cost-Effective and Sustainable is a whitepaper written by the three aforementioned companies with the objective of providing readers with a better understanding of all the engineering and logistical challenges that are associated with large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) deployment and the ongoing operation of each of its constituent nodes. To illustrate the points raised, this white paper will give details of the collaborative work being done by Murata, Nowi and Deutsche Telekom to encourage more widespread IoT proliferation. It will describe the multi-element solution that these companies can offer to customers to assist them with their IoT projects – where the wireless communication, power management and subscriber identity module (SIM) aspects have all been covered.