Long Term Evolution for Machines: LTE-M

LTE-M is the simplified industry term for the LTE-MTC low power wide area (LPWA) technology standard published by 3GPP in the Release 13 specification. It specifically refers to LTE CatM1, suitable for the IoT. LTE-M is a low power wide area technology which supports IoT through lower device complexity and provides extended coverage, while allowing […]

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The Internet of Things

What the blummin' heck is IoT ? Despite some experts calling the Internet of Things (IoT) the 4th Industrial Revolution, a mind blowing 87% of people have no idea what it is. The term "the Internet of things" was coined by Kevin Ashton of Procter & Gamble, later MIT's Auto-ID Center, in 1999. Well, it's […]

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What is LoRa?

A Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) or Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) network or Long range (LoRa) or Low-Power Network (LPN) is a type of wireless telecommunication wide area network designed to allow long range communications at a low bit rate among things (connected objects), such as sensors operated on a battery. The low power, low bit rate […]

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What is Sigfox?

Sigfox is a French company founded in 2009 that builds wireless networks to connect low-energy objects such as electricity meters, smartwatches, and washing machines, which need to be continuously on and emitting small amounts of data. Sigfox is based in Labège near Toulouse, France, and has over 80 employees. The firm also has offices in […]

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What is NarrowBand IOT?

NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) radio technology standard developed to enable a wide range of devices and services to be connected using cellular telecommunications bands. NB-IoT is a narrowband radio technology designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) and is one of a range of Mobile IoT (MIoT) technologies […]

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What is Zigbee?

Zigbee is an IEEE 802.15.4-based specification for a suite of high-level communication protocols used to create personal area networks with small, low-power digital radios, such as for home automation, medical device data collection, and other low-power low-bandwidth needs, designed for small scale projects which need wireless connection. Hence, Zigbee is a low-power, low data rate, […]

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What is LTE?

LTE, or Long-Term Evolution is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile devices and data terminals, based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies. It increases the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements. The standard is developed by the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) and is specified in […]

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What is Ingenu?

Ingenu, formerly known as On-Ramp Wireless, is a provider of wireless networks. The company focuses on machine to machine (M2M) communication by enabling devices to become Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Ingenu was founded in 2008 as On-Ramp Wireless; by the end of 2014, it was valued at $72 million according to data from PitchBook. […]

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What is Weightless?

Weightless a set of LPWAN open wireless technology standards for exchanging data between a base station and thousands of machines around it. These technologies allow developers to build Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN). There are currently three published Weightless connectivity standards Weightless-P, Weightless-N and Weightless-W. Weightless-N is an uplink only, ultra narrow band technology operating in […]

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What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi or WiFi is a technology for wireless local area networking with devices based on the IEEE 802.11 standards. Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance, which restricts the use of the term Wi-Fi Certified to products that successfully complete interoperability certification testing. Devices that can use Wi-Fi technology include personal computers, video-game consoles, […]

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