Verizon Launches NB-IoT Network
May 14, 2019
Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) Network is now
available coast-to-coast covering more than
92% of the US population. The launch of this
additional IoT connectivity option in
combination with the company’s
ThingSpacemanagement platform, APIs, tools
and rich ecosystem of partners will provide
enterprise customers the ability to bring
unique NB-IoT solutions to market quickly.
Other ideal use cases for NB-IoT
Smart buildings – enhance building safety and incident response times through connected smoke detectors including regular auto-test, battery check and real-time alerts to the relevant parties in case of fire.
Industrial – improved machinery maintenance cycles and factory safety through machinery control such as equipment status, factory control, and process and safety monitoring.
Environment monitoring – increase focus on environmental responsibility through status reporting of manhole covers, fire hydrants and chemical emission levels.
Agricultural – improve efficiency
in the agricultural industry with livestock tracker, connected
greenhouse, stationary tracking and monitoring of air quality, humidity,
moisture, temperature, and weather conditions of air and soil.
Utilities – improve efficiency and decrease waste by using gas and water metering, including smart meter consumption tracking and pipeline monitoring.
Verizon is ready to support developers and manage commercial traffic
Verizon continues to expand its
already robust ecosystem of partners to help develop, bring to market,
connect and manage IoT solutions. Verizon has partnered with leading
chipset and module manufacturers so that IoT makers can immediately
start working towards building their devices for the Verizon NB-IoT
network. Three module manufacturers in final stages of testing - Telit,
SIM-COM and Quectel - have modules on Verizon’s Network which are ready
to be used in development efforts. Additionally, customers will be able
to manage their connections securely using the integrated ThingSpace
platform that supports connectivity management, location and device
maintains a strong leadership position in IoT technology and solutions
with a history of providing customers with many options to meet their
needs including nationwide deployment of 4G LTE, LTE Cat 1, and LTE Cat
M1 networks. While CAT-M1 targets a wide range of applications for
business customers such as wearables, fleet and asset management, NB-IoT
focuses on applications needing data rates below 100 kbps. NB-IoT
technology occupies a dedicated frequency of 180 kHz bandwidth
designated for IoT applications which does not share spectrum resources
with commercial smartphone traffic.