Although Mobile IoT technologies are still relatively new, the start-ups participating in the GSMA Mobile IoT Innovators Showcase are close to commercialising their solutions. Together with Deutsche Telekom, Flashnet has deployed its street lighting solution and some other NB-IoT-based applications in Patras in Greece, and for a pilot in Bonn, Germany. “For now we see the most interest in NB-IoT to come from Europe, and most probably the European NB-IoT based projects will be pioneers around the world, but we expect that with time interest will grow in the Middle East and in Asia as well,” says Orsolya Szallos-Kis, Sales Engineer at Flashnet.
Telekom’s whitepaper on NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) communication technology: technical capabilities, use cases and future expectations
"The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing our world. Companies and cities all over the world are equipping physical objects with software, sensors and connectivity to merge them into a global network, the IoT. As things are becoming able to collect and exchange data, they emerge into new ecosystems across processes, industries and countries, enabling new services or whole new business models. Well-known IoT use cases include smart metering, goods tracking and equipment monitoring."
With hundreds of existing projects deployed worldwide, InteliLIGHT’s smart street lighting remote management solution is a proven concept employing a range of communication protocols. Having identified NB‑IoT as strategically important, InteliLIGHT chose to partner with u‑blox on the development of its FRE 220 NB range of NB‑IoT compatible luminaire controllers.
IoT deployments need connectivity and data communication solutions, that much is clear. What type of connectivity solution fits best for which application depends on the nature and context of the application and a long list of possible considerations.
Future Electronics has strengthened its position in the lighting sector by signing a distribution agreement covering EMEA with Flashnet for distributing Flashnet’s inteliLIGHT, a LoRaWAN-compatible smart street lighting solution.
LoRaWAN™ and inteliLIGHT®, mentioned as contributors to Smart Cities concept in EBV presentation @ Electronica
The 3rd day of EBV's Electronica Fair outlined technologies like LoRaWAN and inteliLIGHT that contribute to the Smart City concept.
You don’t need a very high bandwidth because you’re just sending over control data for turning the lights on and off or for dimming them, but these need to be transmitted over long distances. You also want to detect an error and then using a GPS system to locate the broken luminaire on a map. [...]
ReThink, an analysis company that specializes in researching disruptive technologies for the Internet of Things, published an article about the latest developments for the LoRa long range RF technology, that you can read it here.