u-blox and Digicom see pent-up demand for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity, as delivered by NB-IoT technology, standardized by 3GPP in June 2016. The benefits of NB-IoT over other cellular radio technologies include lower device complexity, ultra-low power operation, and support for > 50k devices per single cellular cell. As NB-IoT operates on networks within the licensed spectrum, it also offers greater security and freedom from interference. It is therefore ideal for IoT and M2M applications requiring extremely low power consumption and better coverage even in shielded areas.
Digicom offers solutions for the industrial markets using NB-IoT, with a particular focus on connectivity solutions for Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, Industry 4.0 in general and the Automotive industry. Digicom platforms are designed for the protection of vehicles, people and pets, offer ultra low power consumption and several years operation in battery mode. Embedded in Digicom’s products and solutions is the u-blox SARA-N2 NB-IoT module, which was announced in June 2016 as the world’s first cellular radio module compliant with 3GPP Release 13. Release 13 defined the NB-IoT cellular air interface standard, specifically targeting devices that need to communicate small amounts of data over long periods of time in hard-to-reach places.