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Wireless connected payment devices have already been widely embraced across the globe with consumers preferring the convenience of card or mobile phone-enabled payments over handling cash. Since the pandemic, this has become even more apparent and cashless is not only the favored payment method but now the default for most users. In 2020, global consumer preference to pay with cash fell to 15%. The move away from cash and increased trust in near-field communication (NFC) for payments, has seen connected terminals for in-store remote payments become part of everyone’s daily lives and the global point of sale (POS) terminal market is growing even more rapidly because of this.
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.
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.
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.
Quectel’s LC79D GNSS module enables the eMobility industry, especially micromobility companies, to harness the fusion of data from different sensors in a very small footprint at very low incremental cost yet with unparalleled accuracy. The LC79D is in production and samples and development kits are available now, uniquely offering both L1 and L5 capability which can bridge the gap between basic GPSmodules and very expensive high-end GNSS systems that are both cost-prohibitive and too power-hungry for use in eMobility.
This white paper sets out the promise of connected vehicles, assesses the technical and commercial challenges they face, and considers the road ahead. Read on for detail on where the opportunities in connected driving lie, which forms of connectivity are set to enable the next generation of automotive services, and how Quectel - the global market leader in automotive IoT modules - can support those planning a move into this space.
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We are living in a hyper-connected world in which interconnected devices are ubiquitous. At the same time, existing technologies such as 2G and 3G are being retired to be replaced by new choices of network technology that can provide excellent fits for individual solutions. However, the IoT industry is looking for an all-in one solution that brings together excellent coverage and capacity and is secure, resilient and future-proof. In addition, the solution needs to deliver cost advantages, global roaming and voice capability.
LTE Cat-1 is a transformative technology because it can provide all these attributes and presents a simple way to connect IoT and enable a smarter world. To learn more read our report here.
Considering the critical role they play in a successful IoT deployment, cellular IoT module function must always be appropriate, consistent and sustainable. These small communication adapters and computing devices allow physical objects to connect and interact with wireless networks as they transmit the data that devices sense, collect and store.