Robocar-Driverless car makes History on the streets of Paris

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Roborace today showed their self-driving Robocar on the city streets of Formula E’s Paris ePrix. The Robocar is the first driverless car on the streets of Paris. The driverless race car performed a demonstration for the crowds at Les Invalides in the French capital and wowed the fans with a successful showcase of its autonomous capabilities.

The demonstration saw the car negotiate its way around 14 turns of the 1.9km circuit without a human in the vehicle entirely self-driven by autonomous software. Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov said, “We are extremely proud and excited to see the Robocar perform this demonstration in front of all the fans in Paris. It is another major milestone on this incredible journey. The team has worked so hard to get us to this point in a short amount of time, the car is alive and it has emotion and its own personality already. Roborace is the only company in the world right now testing driverless technologies on city streets without a human in the car – this is something truly unique.”

The Robocar is designed by Daniel Simon, the automotive futurist who creates vehicles for Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters including Tron Legacy and Oblivion, It weighs 1000kg and measures 4.8m long and 2m wide. It has 4 motors of 300kW each, a 540kW battery and is capable of speeds over 200mph.

The car uses a number of technologies to ‘drive’ itself including 5 lidars, 2 radars, 18 ultrasonic sensors, 2 optical speed sensors, 6 AI cameras, GNSS positioning and is powered by Nvidia’s Drive PX2 brain, capable of up to 24 trillion A.I. operations per second to be programmed by teams’ software engineers using complex algorithms.

At the car’s unveiling in Barcelona in February, Chief Design Officer Daniel Simon said “This needs to be the superhero of self-driving cars. An ambassador for this amazing rise of artificial intelligence.” Roborace’s open A.I. platform allows companies to develop their own driverless software and push the limits in an extreme and safe environment. The series is designed to be a competition of intelligence so all teams will use the same “Robocar” to ensure all efforts will be focussed on advancing the software for everyday road cars to adopt. Roborace will continue to perform demonstrations at Formula E events during the remainder of the season.

Source: Roborace

 

IoT Technology used to optimize fuel consumption on Russian fishing fleet

  • Solution customized as part of the Orange Business Services managed maritime solutions portfolio
  • Helps to optimize fuel consumption on vessels

Russian fishing fleet operator Dobroflot Group of Companies is set to deploy an IoT solution for fuel monitoring from Orange Business Services. The solution helps to optimize fuel consumption, analyzing weather and vessel position, to save up to ten percent of fuel costs, and also helps to prevent unauthorized fuel usage. The IoT solution takes advantage of a fully-managed satellite solution from Orange Business Services that connects Dobroflot’s vessels and onshore operations.

Russian fishing fleet operator Dobroflot is set to deploy an IoT solution for fuel monitoring from O ...

Russian fishing fleet operator Dobroflot is set to deploy an IoT solution for fuel monitoring from Orange Business Services. Source: Dobroflot

Dobroflot, the leading manufacturer of canned fish in the Far East, will pilot the IoT solution initially on a single vessel before rolling it out across eight vessels in their fleet, including Vsevolod Sibirtsev, the world’s largest floating fish factory. This pilot will enable Dobroflot to accurately monitor fuel consumption online while at sea, as well as during bunkering and refueling. It will help crew to reduce commercial losses by continuously monitoring the vessel’s main engine, its auxiliary diesel generators and boilers.

To develop the customized IoT solution, Orange Business Services teamed up with Technodar, a Russian expert in fuel consumption monitoring systems and satellite transport monitoring. Technodar leverages the highly-accurate Coriolis flow meter technology to measure mass flowing through a pipe. Sensors feed measurements directly to the IoT solution, which sends data back to shore via an onboard VSAT terminal. The solution requires no initial investment from Dobroflot, who will pay only a monthly subscription for the service.

“The savings from Orange Business Services’ IoT solution will have a significant impact on our bottom line, as around half of a vessel’s operating costs are related to fuel. An active IoT system on board our vessels will enable us to collect data in real time and map the most efficient routes,” said Evgeny Stepanov, CTO, Dobroflot.

“We started discussing innovative IoT solutions with Dobroflot after we successfully deployed VSAT satellite terminals across its fleet. We jointly came to the conclusion that Orange Business Services IoT solutions could provide Dobroflot with a suite of tools and applications that could reduce their operating costs, detect inefficiencies and predict when maintenance is needed – whether the vessel is at sea or onshore. This project again demonstrates Orange is a leader in building and managing global IoT solutions,” said Richard Van Wageningen, senior vice president, Indirect, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Orange Business Services.

The pilot implementation will be onboard a refrigerated transport vessel, which is used to navigate the notoriously difficult Northeast passage through the Arctic. Dobroflot is the only Russian fishing company using this route to transport goods to the central part of Russia. Orange Business Services’ fully-managed satellite solution and fuel monitoring system will make the route safer and more efficient for Dobroflot’s vessels.

 

 

Source:  Orange Business Services

 

Electric Vehicle street charger pops up when needed, sinks down when not

The City of Oxford is to trial the UEone pop-up charger
The City of Oxford is to trial the UEone pop-up charger (Credit: Urban Electric)

With most major car manufacturers now invested in EV development, it looks like everyone but diehard petrol-heads will be quietly getting from A to B in electric cars in the near future. Even big oil is joining the party by rolling out networks of charging points. For those who charge at home, off street parking is pretty much essential. But that’s changing. Ubitricity has been installing charging points in streetlamps for a few years now, and now London, UK, startup Urban Electric is about to trial a pop-up charge point in Oxford.

The UEone charge point has been designed specifically for the 43 percent of UK households who have to park their cars in residential parking zones. The 5.8 kW charger rises to 875 mm (34.5 in) when activated by an iOS/Android companion app. The EV driver then grabs the same kind of SmartCable used for Ubitricity’s streetlamp charge points and plugs in.

When the charge cable is unplugged from the UEone, the charge point retracts back flush with the pavement, so as not to permanently spoil the look of a residential area. Urban Electric says that the charger only needs an installation depth of just 405 mm (16 in), thanks to what looks like three part telescopic housing.

The pop-up solution is reckoned to be good for around 90 percent of residential streets, and if the UEone is rolled out to every parking bay in a street, then there should be no need for EV-specific parking bays. And because the system makes use of the SmartCable, EV drivers can make use of any Ubitricity streetlamp charging points that have been installed nearby or at the office without needing to carry additional cables to plug in.

Urban Electric told us it will operate the charging service in the UK, as well as supply, install and maintain all of the pop-up chargers. The first UEone chargers looks set to be rolled out in Oxford thanks to a £600,000 (US$810,000) trial of the system in partnership with Oxford City Council.

Source: Urban Electic/New Atlas

Aeris & Barnacle Collaborate to Modernize Vehicle Parking Enforcement via IoT

Aeris & Barnacle Collaborate to Modernize Vehicle Parking Enforcement via IoT

Companies unite to help parking managementagencies replace the “boot” with the “Barnacle”.

Aeris, said today it is working with Barnacle Parking Enforcement, a pioneer in parking enforcement technology solutions that makes parking enforcement in communities and on campuses safer, greener, more efficient, and more convenient for everyone.

Aeris is providing an IoT connectivity solution for the Barnacles around the world that streamlines the way parking is enforced.

Barnacle Parking Enforcement unveiled the Barnacle in 2016. The bright yellow, 16-pound device sticks to a vehicle’s windshield using suction cups with more than 1,000 pounds of force. Instead of using a boot to keep a wheel from moving, officers and parking enforcement officials can immobilize a vehicle by placing a Barnacle across its windshield and arming it with a keypad. Vehicle owners can disarm the Barnacle with their phone, paying their fine online or by dialing a toll-free number.

A Barnacle web app is available for parking enforcement officials to manage the IoT-enable devices. The app allows officials to track deployed Barnacles through Aeris’ IoT asset tracking functionality and receive updates about their status, process payments, and run reports on fines collected. The app also includes a worldwide map to track all deployed devices.

The Aeris® IoT Connectivity platform is being used by Barnacle Parking Enforcement to allow parking enforcement officials to streamline the way they monitor the Barnacle and deploy their personnel. The Barnacle also makes being a traffic enforcer safer, freeing officials from lugging around the parking boots, which typically weight 40 to 45 pounds, and putting themselves in a dangerous position to install them.

The Barnacle offers efficiencies across the entire scope of parking enforcement from deployment to retrieval. This results in:

  • Less carbon emissions from tow trucks and deployment vehicles;
  • Small, electric deployment vehicles;
  • Less maintenance needed; and
  • Less storage space necessary, freeing up critical space in cities.

The Aeris IoT Connectivity platform offers many innovative features that let Barnacle Parking Enforcement improve its service delivery and expand its service radius in other markets outside of the U.S.A.

Kevin Dougherty, Co-Founder and CEO, Barnacle Parking Enforcement
“Together with Aeris we are working to make the necessary process of parking enforcement more efficient and convenient for everyone involved, including the motorist. The Aeris IoT Connectivity platform provides us cost-effective global IoT connectivity for all deployed Barnacles around the world.”

Erica Glavnik, Campus Safety Supervisor, Corban University

“We absolutely love this technology. The efficiency and convenience the Barnacle provides our enforcement program has been beneficial for both our students and Safety team members. The real-time tracking and alerts allow us to deploy the device while not worrying if a student is circumnavigating the vehicle lockdown.”

Christina Richards, Vice President of Global Marketing, Aeris
“Aeris is an Internet of Things industry leader. Through our work with Barnacle Parking Enforcement, we can present them the opportunity to easily track and deploy Barnacle devices enabled by Aeris. The Aeris IoT Connectivity platform is built for IoT and has been globally tested at scale. For more than a decade, we have unlocked IoT value for businesses and look forward to helping Barnacle be the preeminent provider of parking enforcement.”

Soure: IoT Business News

Nokia and SFR conduct 5G Radio call using 3.5 GHz spectrum in France

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Nokia and SFR first in France to conduct a 5G New Radio call using 3.5 GHz spectrum

  • Over-the-air test of 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio using 3.5 GHz frequency band continues focus on joint testing and development of initial 5G applications
  • Application of Nokia’s AirScale radio platform, Cloud RAN running on Nokia AirFrame data center solution, and 3GPP-compliant end-user test devices
  • 5G will provide SFR with massive bandwidth, ultra-high speed and very low latency to transform the mobile experience for its customers



 Nokia and SFR have successfully completed a 5G call, using the 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system over-the-air on the 3.5GHz frequency band. The test took place on  May 3rd, 2018, at the Nokia 5G Test Network and Competence Center in Paris-Saclay, France.

The 5G call used Nokia 5G NR technology, incorporating the Nokia 5G-ready AirScale radio platform and Cloud RAN technology together with 3GPP-compliant end user test devices. A cloud infrastructure based on the Nokia AirFrame Datacenter solution was built to support Cloud RAN.

The 5G New Radio NR standard, agreed by the 3GPP in December 2017, is designed to support a wide variety of 5G applications and enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) services. Nokia 5G NR systems use smart antennas to deliver multi-gigabit throughput speeds and millisecond low-latency. This will enable operators such as SFR to increase network capacity in spectrum below 6GHz frequency bands to deliver wide-area coverage.

Nokia is a key supplier to SFR, specifically on the radio access network, and this latest milestone is fully in line with SFR’s ambition to be at the forefront of innovation for the benefit of its customers.

François Vincent, head of Mobile Network at SFR, said: “SFR is developing a roadmap for the evolution of its networks that takes into account the benefits and complexity of implementing 5G. The joint projects and trials will enable us to meet future data demand in the most effective way, while exploring new ways to deliver our media content that will increase the subscriber experience.”

Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile Networks at Nokiasaid: “Nokia is pleased to support SFR in accelerating its implementation of 5G and developing new business models that will enrich the user experience. By testing 5G technologies now, we can place SFR ahead of the needs of its data-hungry customers while preparing the operator for the launch of next-generation services.”

Source: Nokia

Motorola Solutions Wins TETRA Radio Tender in Brandenburg, Germany

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Company will provide TETRA digital two-way radio solutions, accessories, software and services to police and non-police authorities and organisations in the German federal state of Brandenburg.

 Motorola Solutions has been selected in the latest tender of the German federal state of Brandenburg and will supply TETRA digital radio solutions to security authorities and organisations (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben, BOS). The TETRA digital two-way radios plus accessories and supporting services will be used by the police, emergency services, as well as public and private fire departments in Brandenburg.

The multi-year frame contract covers the supply of approximately 2,600 TETRA digital radios including Motorola MTP6650 and MTP8000Ex series TETRA portable two-way radios, Motorola Solutions ST7000 small TETRA radios as well as MTM800 ET TETRA mobile radios. In addition to the delivery of TETRA terminals, Motorola Solutions will also supply the police and non-police public safety users in Brandenburg with a broad range of accessories. With the new radio solutions, Motorola Solutions will update and expand the existing TETRA radio equipment, which has been successfully used by public safety organisations in Brandenburg since their introduction in 2013. Motorola Solutions’ TETRA radio solutions were specially developed in accordance with the requirements of German security authorities and organisations, and will ensure secure and reliable voice and data communication for all police and non-police users.

The delivery to police and non-police forces in Brandenburg also includes the Integrated Terminal Management (iTM) solution from Motorola Solutions for the entire vehicle fleet with up to 50,000 deployed devices. iTM automates the TETRA radio programming process including fleet management and software upgrades, making the process of auditing radio assets and implementing software version control much more efficient. In addition, Motorola Solutions will provide its TETRA RF Automated Coverage and Evaluation Solution (TRACES). TRACES has been designed to track network coverage and performance to provide full visibility of the TETRA network.

“The renewed TETRA tender win in Brandenburg reinforces our position as a trusted market leader in providing mission-critical communication solutions to public safety organisations in Germany and worldwide,” said Mark Schmidl, Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Motorola Solutions. “With customers in more than 100 countries, more than 3.5 million delivered TETRA radio terminals and more than 1,000 TETRA systems, which have been supplied by our TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, Germany, the tender win in Brandenburg is a further important milestone for us. Motorola Solutions will continue its investment in both TETRA and new mobile broadband-based smart public safety solutions to lead the way into a safe future for our customers.”

Co-Star supply antennas to enhance the performance of TETRA equipment when installed into vehicles.

Peplink and RFC Wireless Announce Partnership

RFC Wireless will be applying Peplink’s unbreakable connectivity to turn Silicon Valley employee shuttle buses into mobile workplaces

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(Fremont, California and Hong Kong) Peplink International Limited, a global leader in wireless SD-WAN technology under its own brand Peplink, has announced its new partnership with Silicon Valley communications experts, RFC Wireless. RFC Wireless’ clients will now have access to Peplink’s full line of connectivity solutions, including transport connectivity solutions used by some of Silicon Valley’s largest and most prolific companies.

 

RFC Wireless, a pioneer in communications technology, has served the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years by providing solutions and support across a variety of industries including high tech, transportation, manufacturing, and public services. The partnership with Peplink enhances RFC Wireless’ ability to provide cutting edge connectivity solutions by utilizing the Company’s unmatched reliability and security to provide clients with true mobile office environments for their employees.

 

“RFC’s partnership with Peplink provides an outstanding solution that transforms commute downtime into a productive work environment”. No longer will employees have to waste their valuable time in the daily routine of getting to and from work. We are helping our clients broaden the parameters of productivity,” observed Roger Dickinson, Founder and President of RFC Wireless.

 

More and more highly prominent Silicon Valley entities have been looking to employees’ transportation time as a source of untapped productivity. RFC Wireless’ knowhow and proven understanding of the mobile communication needs of the Bay Area, combined with Peplink’s advanced wireless SD-WAN technology, have now made mobile office environments a reality. With unbreakable connectivity, and proven secure tunneling technology, the commute is now a truly viable workplace.

 

“This is not about Wi-Fi on buses,” said Keith Chau, General Manager of Peplink. “This is about extending your corporate workspace to the bus, providing the connectivity and security to allow employees to do anything they could do at the office, while en route. Online collaboration, programming, and all manner of delicate, secure work can now be done on the way to or from the office. This partnership with RFC Wireless will help bring this technology and enhanced productivity to their clients across Silicon Valley. We at Peplink are very excited to be working with these communications leaders.”

Co-Star are distributors for Peplink 4G LTE wireless gateway’s in the UK.

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Atlas Copco selects Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT solution to transform industrial compressor business

  FX30 Programmable IoT Gateway with Legato® open source Linux software and AirVantage® IoT platform enable Atlas Copco to rapidly develop and deploy Industrial IoT applications globally

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Sierra Wireless,  the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Atlas Copco, a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, has selected Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT solution to transform its industrial compressor business.

Atlas Copco is expanding its customer service capabilities by deploying IoT applications at the network edge. The machine data collected allows Atlas Copco to provide preventive maintenance, which gives local service teams the ability to deliver the right spare part at the right time for faster fault resolution, saving costs associated with breakdowns and production loss. It also empowers its customers to manage energy usage efficiently and further increases product reliability.

Atlas Copco chose Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, comprised of FX30 programmable IoT gateways and the Legato® open source Linux platform tightly integrated with AirVantage®, to quickly develop, deploy and scale its SmartBox solution as a worldwide IoT service focused on customer success.

“The Internet of Things is transforming businesses across all industries worldwide, and Atlas Copco is a leading innovator,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “With Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, Atlas Copco was able to increase its industrial machine intelligence, productivity and efficiency by deploying custom applications at the edge, leveraging data to develop new business models.”

Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution provides data collection and delivery, device management, embedded application lifecycle management and best-in-class interoperability, allowing Atlas Copco to securely and reliably push business data from their connected assets to their enterprise systems. Edge processing applications were developed in a secure sandbox using the Legato open source Linux platform.

The FX30 programmable IoT gateway is the industry’s smallest, most flexible and rugged programmable cellular gateway. Customers can accelerate time to market by up to three years using the FX30, compared to building their own “point” solution with a basic cloud management platform and embedded software stack developed in-house. It provides a pre-certified, integrated embedded platform to connect any machine to any IoT application or cloud, with Legato open source Linux-based programmability and 2G, 3G and LTE connectivity to manage any type of machine. It supports Sierra Wireless’ multi-operator Smart SIM, which delivers best-in-class coverage and superior data service quality. Future releases will also support the GSMA eUICC specification for remote provisioning, allowing subscriptions to be remotely updated over-the-air. Entire fleets of FX30s can be monitored, managed and controlled remotely through AirVantage.

Offering unparalleled flexibility for many different applications, the FX30 programmable IoT gateway is available in both Ethernet and Serial variants, and it supports an IoT Connector to enable hardware extensions to interface with an unlimited range of sensors and wired and wireless networks. It offers best-in-class low power consumption, consuming less than 1W in idle mode and 2mW in ultra-low power mode, making it ideal for solar and battery-powered applications. Security features include support for the Lightweight M2M protocol and pre-shared key encryption.

Co-Star distribute the full range of Sierra Wireless IoT Gateway’s.

Connected and autonomous vehicles set to provide huge economic benefits to the UK

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will provide huge social, industrial and economic benefits to the UK. In particular, these innovative vehicles will expand our industrial base, improve safety and congestion, drive up productivity and free up space usually devoted to vehicles in our urban areas.

CAVs will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people in the UK, according to our research published in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Revolutionising Mobility in Society. The first comprehensive UK-based study of the human impact of CAVs, canvassed the views of more than 3,600 respondents and found that this new technology will offer freedom to some of society’s most disadvantaged, including those with disabilities, older people and the young.

Connected vehicle technology is varied and can be grouped under the following headings:

  • In-vehicle systems
  • Commercial management systems
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Vehicle to vehicle systems (V2V)
  • Vehicle to infrastructure (V2I)

There is already a staggering level of connectivity and autonomy in vehicles compared to just a decade ago – in 2015, more than half of all new cars sold in the UK featured autonomous safety features. Autonomous emergency braking and lane assist technologies provide safer driving and internet connectivity over mobile networks is capable of keeping vehicle occupants connected to the online world.

According to the KPMG study commissioned by SMMT, connected and autonomous vehicles are set to add £51 billion a year to the UK economy by 2030. This is in addition to creating 320,000 jobs news, 25,000 specifically in automotive manufacturing.


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To find out more about connected and autonomous vehicles read our position paper.

Source: SMMT

 

Battle of the IoT networks: Cellular versus Wi-Fi – IoT Agenda

When it comes to the internet of things, perhaps the key enabling technology is wireless networking technologies. Without the two primary wireless data networking technologies — cellular and Wi-Fi — almost every IoT device would require a wired connection to the internet, dramatically limiting the ability of developers to create IoT applications that deliver value to businesses and consumers.

However, thanks to these two wireless networking technologies, IoT is big and getting bigger — research firm Gartner forecasted that in 2017, 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide, with this number reaching 20.4 billion by 2020. With as many as 10 billion additional connected devices forecast to be deployed over the next three years, IoT application developers face an important question as the market continues to mature — given each technology’s bandwidth, cost, coverage and security characteristics, should they design their IoT applications to use cellular, Wi-Fi or both?

Coverage

While the differences between Wi-Fi and cellular in terms of bandwidth and cost have been narrowing or disappearing, cellular is expanding on its coverage advantages. By definition, Wi-Fi is a local area network (LAN) which provides great coverage in a very limited area. Yet, the moment a connected device leaves that area, coverage is lost, which results in significant design limitations for IoT application developers. On the other hand, cellular data coverage today is extensive and growing, as wireless network operators compete with each other to offer better coverage to their customers. In addition, standard low-power wide-area (LPWA) cellular IoT technologies (LTE-M and NB-IoT) provide deeper coverage than traditional cellular technologies, expanding cellular connectivity to underground spaces, buildings and rural environments. While LPWA is new, it is rapidly being embraced by network operators, as upgrading 4G LTE infrastructure to support LPWA only requires a simple software update. For developers who want to deploy IoT applications around the world or to remote, underground or similar hard-to-reach locations, cellular provides clear advantages — advantages that will only grow over the coming years.

Security

When evaluating the security differences between Wi-Fi and cellular, one must always remember that no network can ever be made 100% secure. Nonetheless, cellular does possess several security advantages over Wi-Fi. First, all cellular data is encrypted by default. Wi-Fi data can be encrypted, but this encryption has to be turned on. This introduces human error into the Wi-Fi security equation, and as seen in recent cybersecurity attacks, such human-error related vulnerabilities can and will be exploited by cybercriminals. In addition, cellular security updates are made by network operators who have dedicated cybersecurity staff in place and very strong financial and reputational incentives to ensure such updates are made as quickly as possible. However, Wi-Fi depends on individual Wi-Fi network owners to make security updates, and it is easy for individual Wi-Fi network owners to delay or overlook these updates. The problem with overlooking such updates was recently demonstrated by the Key Reinstallation AttaCK, aka KRACK, on the key exchange handshakes used in the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocols. Another security issue with Wi-Fi is cybercriminals can create “fake” Wi-Fi networks that unsuspected device owners connect to, allowing these criminals to hack into these owners’ devices. While creating fake cellular networks is theoretically possible, cellular’s built-in security advantages, as well as size and scale of network operators, make the creation of similar fake cellular networks much more difficult. As cyberattacks continue to increase, cellular’s security advantages give it a leg up on Wi-Fi for developers building applications where security is a key design consideration.

Bandwidth

For years, Wi-Fi had a significant advantage in bandwidth over cellular, with older 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi technologies offering speeds up to 450 megabits per second and the newer 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology offering speed up to 1.3 gigabits per second (Gbps). However, cellular technologies based on the 4G LTE standard are now as fast as 1 Gbps, making cellular bandwidth comparable with Wi-Fi. In addition, while new Wi-Fi technologies based on the 802.11ax standard promise speeds of up to 10 Gbps, new cellular technologies using the 5G standard will offer similar speeds. With cellular now able to come close, if not match, Wi-Fi in regard to bandwidth, when it comes to video and other high-bandwidth IoT applications, there is little to no difference between the two technologies on speed.

Security, bandwidth and coverage are not the only capabilities developers need to consider when deciding whether they their IoT applications should use cellular, Wi-Fi or both, but they might be the most important. In terms of cost and bandwidth, cellular has in recent years caught up to Wi-Fi, and today Wi-Fi’s advantages in these areas are minimal or non-existent. However, when it comes to coverage and security, cellular has significant advantages over Wi-Fi, advantages that it will build on over the coming years.

Despite these advantages, Wi-Fi is not going away anytime soon. Wi-Fi has a strong established base in most households, and the fact there are no additional costs to connect multiple devices to a Wi-Fi network means that Wi-Fi will likely continue to be used for many consumer and smart home IoT applications over the coming years. In addition, with costs coming down for both technologies, building IoT applications that support both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity is an increasingly attractive option for developers looking to cover all their bases and differentiate their consumer versus enterprise-level services. However, with cellular increasingly equal to or better than Wi-Fi in terms of bandwidth, cost, coverage and security, many developers who previously might have only considered Wi-Fi for their IoT applications are likely to be looking at, if not switching to, cellular over the coming years.

Source: Philippe Guillemette Sierra Wireless – IoT Agenda