Regional Sales Manager
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Until recently, most M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) applications have relied on high-speed cellular and wired networks for their wide area connectivity. Today, there are a number of IoT applications that will continue to require higher-bandwidth, however others may be better suited for low-power wide-area (LPWA) options that not only compliment traditional cellular networks, but also unlock new market potential by reducing costs and increasing the flexibility of solution deployments. With LPWA, many alternatives have emerged – some fall under the 3GPP standard and use licensed spectrum such as LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT, while other alternatives such as LoRaWAN™ are based on non-3GPP standards and use unlicensed ISM spectrum. IoT certainly has its challenges – from choosing the right device, to adding connectivity and then managing those devices and the data they generate. One thing is certain and that is technology is continuously evolving and changes are on the horizon.