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October 08, 2015

Webinar - A Guide to IoT Connectivity Options

Businesses that are working to implement Internet of Things solutions have a lot of choices to make.

That includes deciding what information they want to capture, what they are going to do with it, and what equipment and software will make that all possible. Organizations embarking on IoT efforts also need to choose from what has become a sizable collection of connectivity options.

There are LTE (News - Alert) and its IoT-focused variants (Cat-1, Cat-0, and Cat-M).

Both Cat-1 and Cat-0 have already been defined by the 3GPP. Altair announced the availability of its Cat-1 solution in February, and it is expected to go live in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of next year.

Cat-0, which offers even lower bandwidths and better endpoint battery life, should be in networks starting toward the middle of 2016. In fact, Verizon Wireless announced such plans with Altair in September. And Cat-M should be in widespread use by 2017. (To be clear, Cat-M is different from LTE-M; the latter is a term being used by Huawei (News - Alert), but LTE-M is not a 3GPP-sanctioned technology.)

“LTE networks are there, and they generate good revenue and profits for the carriers,” says Altair Semiconductor’s (News - Alert) Eran Eshed, co-founder and vice president of marketing and business development. “LPWA involves a purpose-built network, and you have to build it from the ground up.”

Businesses are also increasingly being pitched on low-power wide area network technologies from companies and groups like Ingenu (the former On-Ramp Wireless), the LoRa Alliance, and SIGFOX.

“The networks that were built on cellular technology were built for humans,” suggests Ingenu CEO John Horn (News - Alert). “There need to be networks that are built for machines.”

So, how is a company to decide which connectivity option to select?

In the webinar “Decisions, Decisions: How to Approach Long-Range Wireless IoT”, Altair’s Eshed will lay out the pros and cons of LPWA and LTE for long-range wireless IoT/M2M applications, and will discuss several application scenarios. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere