NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT)

Guarantee reliable performance for your NB-IoT devices and access extensive coverage in even the hardest to reach places. Our NB-IoT network is the perfect solution for both small-scale and mass IoT deployments where low-power, wide range and low-frequency is key.

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NB-IoT SIM cards powered by Vodafone

Harness the power of NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) technology and deliver low-power, low-frequency and low-cost connectivity to your unique devices and applications. Our NB-IoT platform runs using Vodafone IoT SIMs, one of the strongest M2M cellular networks available.

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Why NB-IoT?

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LTE grade
security

LTE grade security comes as standard. Ensure data and network resiliency with NB-IoT on your cellular devices.

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Widely
supported

NB-IoT is widely supported within the industry, from chipset manufacturers to service providers.

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Two-way communication

Bi-directional communication allows you to send and receive data via NB-IoT.

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164dB propagation

NB-IoT provides the deepest and furthest reach of any LPWA network.

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Low power consumption

NB-IoT’s low power attribute makes it perfect for connecting smart devices where battery-life is important.

As our NB-IoT service uses Vodafone M2M SIMs to deliver its connectivity, we’re able to provide incredible network coverage across millions of NB-IoT enabled devices.

NB-IoT modules are designed with your applications of narrowband connectivity in mind. This means they can operate using less power than traditional IoT modules, ensuring your hardware lasts as long without maintenance as the NB-IoT SIM card inside.

Due to its incredibly low power requirements and fantastic penetrative properties in deep urban environments, NB-IoT is being deployed by many smart cities to connect their smart technologies such as car park management solutions, smart street lighting, and more.

Low frequency, high penetration

NB-IoT is a low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology that offers low frequency connectivity for long-range communication with better penetration capabilities than 2G. Narrowband IoT is designed to keep your devices connected in hard-to-reach places such as underground locations and deep urban infrastructure, meaning it is very effective for solutions such as vehicle and asset tracking in underground car parks.

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LPWAN technology

LPWA networks communicate wirelessly over long distances whilst maintaining low power consumption. Due to its wide signal coverage and maximised energy-efficiency, LPWAN is shaping the future of IoT connectivity. In fact, the number of devices connected via LPWAN is increasing at a rate of 109% each year.

  • LPWAN devices have an incredible battery lifetime, in fact they can run on batteries for 10 years+ without a single charge

  • Receive long-range connectivity, even in underground locations such as car parks and basements
  • LPWAN is low-bandwidth – most applications only require a few bytes per day

How does NB-IoT stack up against the competition?

NB-IoT technology utilises the licensed spectrum for device connectivity, meaning it comes with the security features used by MNOs. Competitors of NB-IoT, Sigfox and LoRaWAN, use the unlicensed spectrum where interference and security vulnerabilities are much more likely to occur, limiting the quality of service. NB-IoT gives you peace of mind when it comes to network and data security.

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What applications of NB-IoT are currently available?

NB-IoT offers cost-efficient and effective connectivity for a vast range of IoT solutions and applications. If your IoT devices span a wide geographical radius or need to operate in remote areas, and your data and energy consumption is low, NB-IoT could be the perfect choice for you. Here are just a few examples of how Narrowband IoT is currently being used…

Urban applications of NB-IoT

Urban applications

Street lighting, Smart waste, Smart transport, Road traffic monitoring, Smart parking, Infrastructure sensors

Tracking with NB-IoT

Tracking

Pet tracking, Asset tracking, Location security, Smart metering

NB-IoT in industry

Industry

Warehouse monitoring, Safety and security (inc. fire safety), Wear monitoring

NB-IoT in farming and agriculture

Farming & agriculture

Animal welfare monitoring, Crop monitoring, Animal tracking, Soil monitoring

NB-IoT in science and healthcare

Science & healthcare

Smart laboratories, Asset tracking, Drug delivery, Wearables & remote patient monitoring

NB-IoT in retail

Retail

Smart stores, Connected cabinets, Smart shelves

Find out more about our M2M communications:

M2M connectivity

Thanks to the industry-leading infrastructure which supports all of our IoT solutions, our M2M communications are both completely reliable and totally secure. In fact, our M2M infrastructure boasts connectivity up-time of over 99.89%. So you can guarantee your IoT-connected devices will always be communicating…

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M2M SIM management

The M2M industry is concentrated with a plethora of different solutions, networks and platforms. As more IoT applications emerge across the globe, the demand for a more diverse range of connectivity solutions is growing exponentially. NOVA makes SIM Management easy to stay on top of.

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What applications of NB-IoT are currently available?

There are over 140 mobile network operators (MNOs) in 70+ countries investing in NB-IoT connectivity. 90 of those operators have launched NB-IoT networks in 50+ countries, and this is expected to increase as demand for NB-IoT continues to grow across the world. At InfiSIM, we’re supporting the development of NB-IoT and are supporting any business looking to deploy this LPWAN connectivity option.

NB-IoT FAQs

NB-IoT stands for Narrowband Internet of Things.

An NB-IoT device is any kind of IoT device that utilises narrowband technology to connect to the internet.

NB-IoT is a wireless 3GPP technology that uses low frequency to deliver connectivity to your NB-IoT enabled devices. It is an alternative to traditional 2G, 3g, 4G and 5G technologies.

Yes. In order to deploy narrowband IoT connectivity, your hardware must have a SIM slot or have an NB-IoT SIM built into the device.

NB-IoT connectivity has been recorded to cover up to nearly 15km. And due to it’s highly penetrative connectivity properties, similar distances can be expected in built up areas.