What is NB-IoT?

A communications technology (part of the 5G standards) designed and built specifically for Internet of Things devices.

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NB-IoT by the numbers

141 Telco's    

Have deployed NB-IoT networks

NB-IoT is part of the 5G standards, but it is only a software upgrade on mobile tower networks.

70 countries

Have nationwide NB-IoT coverage

Many countries switched on nationwide coverage in 2019/2020.

100 million

Deployed NB-IoT devices

NB-IoT devices such as smart electricity meters, and smart street lighting have been rolling out across the globe.

20% beyond

normal mobile network coverage

NB-IoT was designed for use anywhere including below ground and high in skyscrapers

NB-IoT features 

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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

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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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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Strong coverage

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

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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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No onsite equipment required

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

Connect with confidence

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 network operators are changing all that.

What NB-IoT means for access control.

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