NB-IoT Overview

What is NB-IoT?

Narrowband IoT, is a narrowband and low power communication technology that exists on mobile networks to handle small amounts of two-way data transmission between devices and the internet in an efficient, secure, and reliable manner. 

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NB-IoT is trusted by the world's leading organisations

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NB-IoT connecting billions of things

Today, about 6.5 billion ‘things’ are connected to the internet. Yet, we are still only connecting less than 1% of what could be potentially connected to the internet. This is because these items are either too remote, too inaccessible, or there are simply too many to make it economically viable to do so. NB-IoT aims to change all that.

NB-IoT by the numbers

141

Telco's

Have deployed NB-IoT networks

70

Countries

Have NB-IoT networks switched on

100

Million

NB-IoT devices have been deployed globally

NB-IoT features at a glance 

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Fully Managed and standardized

NB-IoT is part of mobile networks with fully managed, standardized systems guaranteeing the integrity of all data running through it

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Strong coverage

Signals extend 20% beyond normal mobile phone coverage, and it also extends underground and deep within buildings

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Advanced security and encryption

NB IoT has passed security protocols by 3GPP/GMSA the organisations responsible for managing mobile networks globally.

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Massive Scale

Billions of IoT devices from smart lights, to smart meters and smart locks can connect to the internet on global NB-IoT networks

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Great Power Efficiency

Devices can run on batteries for up to 5 years as they can remain in a deep sleep mode and woken up when required

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No onsite equipment required

NB-IoT devices can be standalone and not require any supporting equipment or infrastructure. 

What NB-IoT means for access control - compare

Digital Keys

NB-IoT Smartlocks

August Wi-Fi/BLE

Smart Lock

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Codelocks OTP/  BLE Smart Lock

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Typical RFID

Keycard Lock

API integrations

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Battery life

1/2 year

2 years

typically mains powered

Internet connected smartlock

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Mobile network connectivity(NB-IoT/LTE-M)

No onsite equipment required

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No onsite power required

Works with keycards

Multiple locks on one account

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Live event notifications(tracing/audits)

Access management software

Cancel digital keys in app/software

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No onsite wiring

Time-sensitive use

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2 - 5 years

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More information about NB-IoT for download

Mobile IoT Commercial Launches by GSMA

Link to GSMA website for most up to date info