What is NB-IoT?
Narrowband IoT, is a low power wide area network technology (LPWAN) developed with the aim to connect multiple Internet of Things devices and empower IoT architecture using existing mobile networks. In a nutshell, it is a narrowband and low power technology that handles small amounts of two-way data transmission in an efficient, secure, and reliable manner.
NB-IoT features at a glance
Connecting devices to devices and humans to devices
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.
A Communications Technology for the 21st Century
Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a communications technology(part of the 5G standards) that was developed to enable efficient communication and long battery life for mass distributed devices across wide geographical footprints and deep within urban infrastructure.
Creating New Business Models and security standards
NB-IoT can be used to connect devices, such as sensors, to drive new data streams, reduce operational costs and create new business models. It is the most secure communication technology available taking advantage of mobile network encryptions and security features
No onsite equipment or infrastructure needed
NB IoT integrates into telecommunication companies mobile networks, so there is no need for onsite network infrastructure such as Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi bridges, so devices can be manufactured and sold cheaper.
Narrowband IoT(NB-IoT) utilises mobile network security and encryption. Devices built with NB-IoT consume low power and have short transmission times (on average 1-3 seconds). The devices also require no onsite equipment or infrastructure.
Compare NB-IoT to other access control technologies
Codelocks OTP/ BLE Smart Lock
typically mains powered
Internet connected smartlock
Mobile network connectivity(NB-IoT/LTE-M)
No onsite equipment required
No onsite power required
Works with keycards
Multiple locks on one account
Live event notifications(tracing/audits)
Access management software
Cancel digital keys in app/software
No onsite wiring
2 - 5 years