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Since their inception, networking technologies have revolutionized global communications, offering us new ways to connect and collaborate in real time across the globe. From business and enterprise to the public sector, enhanced network capabilities have allowed organizations to improve their response times, increase their efficiency, and employ data-driven decision-making for better outcomes across multiple scenarios.
Everyone understands that 5G will bring with it a huge uplift in speed and capacity as well as device density per cell to support massive IoT. 5G is fundamentally changing the way we communicate, delivering improved latency and throughput. These benefits, plus network slicing, are just a few ways in which 5G will transform life for businesses and consumers. Central to 5G’s delivery will be antenna technology, and as such, the entire RF front end design layout. This is highly complex and 5G IoT deployments are reliant on optimized antenna and RF performance so 5G can deliver on its promises.
The promise of 5G is increased speed and capacity through extended mobile broadband (eMBB), but significant challenges exist in terms of spectrum availability which broadly divides 5G deployments into Sub 6GHz and mmWave bands. In 3GPP Release 15, FR1 describes the sub-6GHz spectrum while FR2 describes the range above 24GHz which extends to 100GHz – and beyond. Spectrum therefore has a significant effect on the throughput that 5G networks can achieve.
The combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), dubbed AIoT, opens up new possibilities for how we collect, analyze and react to data, promising an era of smarter, faster decision-making. Using clusters of AI-empowered IoT devices, computing will shift to the edge, where high-speed data processing will enable lightning-fast adjustments to processes, workflow and productivity.
With the advent of 5G technology comes the promise of ubiquitous connectivity, low latency and high capacity across a wide range of use cases. As the Internet of Things (IoT) ushers in an era of up to a million connected devices per square kilometer, existing network architectures such as 4G, won’t be able to keep up with increased data usage needs.
According to Machina Research, the number of global IoT conections will reach 27 billion by 2025. Among them, the total size of cellular lot connections is expected to exceed 5 billion. Technologically, as the world is moving towards the 5G era, and 4G has become the mainstream mobile communication system, shortcomings of 2G/3G become increasingly obvious either regarding spectrum allocation efficiency, wireless peformance, or operation and maintenance costs. The worldwide 2G/3G sunset is in progress with many countries giving their own timelines based on their needs for telecommunications networks (see Figure 1).
Quectel’s off-the-shelf and customized high-performance antenna portfolio boosts wireless connectivity significantly by offering the highest quality antenna and module products in the industry. Quectel also offers a complete range of engineering support services to achieve your optimal design.
Energy industries around the globe need to implement change to increase their efficiency, reduce their environmental impact and address the need to manage increased demand for applications such as charging electric vehicles. Smart metering of electricity, gas and water consumption is playing a vital role in this as utility companies seek more accurate, granular and timely data to operate their businesses more efficiently.
With the rapid growth of the IoT and the number of new devices being developed to take advantage of it, it’s becoming more and more likely that you will consider using an RTOS in the near future. The remainder of this article will explore the overall RTOS value proposition, both pros and cons, so you can consider whether an RTOS would be beneficial for your next product development project.
By forging new links between the cyberworld and the physical world, IoT creates a paradigm shift that dramatically increases the scope of security. As organizations rush to adopt IoT, novel security challenges abound, amplified by an enormous diversity of hardware, software, services, and deployment locations. In fact, while 91 percent of IoT decision-makers report plans to increase the number of their connected devices by more than 15 percent within two years, they cite security as the greatest concern for deploying IoT technologies.
Threats to devices, applications, services, connections, and data must be addressed holistically across the IoT infrastructure to create a consistent security posture across IoT devices, the edge, the cloud, and the connections between all those elements.
Elsys, a Brazilian company with 31 years of experience in the electronics and telecom market, has turned to Quectel to provide its BG95 module for integration into its new IoT modem.