Companies from across industries are connecting physical assets to each other and to software in the cloud, creating what’s known as the “Internet of Things” (IoT). IoT makes it possible for these companies to remotely gather and analyze data from millions of devices, enabling faster and smarter decision making and much more. For most organizations, IoT adoption is no longer a question of “if”, but rather “when”.
There are many different types of networks available to connect IoT devices, including Wi-Fi, cellular, satellite, and more. For most use cases, cellular is an optimal choice, given its consistent, cost-effective availability around the world.
But the choice doesn’t end there. Within cellular, there are several different “generations” of technology – including2G, 3G, 4G (LTE), and new 5G technologies designed specifically for IoT: LTE-M (aka Cat-M) and NB-IoT.
It is a low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology speciﬁcally designed to cost-effectively support hundreds of millions of battery-powered IoT devices.
It costs less
both lower cost modules and lower rates for data transmission.
It extends battery life
optimized power consumption means batteries can last up to 5 years.
It’s broadly available
nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and is rapidly expanding globally.
It offers advanced features
sufficient bandwidth to support lower-quality voice calls,mobile/moving devices, and properly orchestratedover-the-air (OTA) software updates.
And it will last
as part of 5G, LTE-M will remain available even longer than LTE (until 5G sunsets, well beyond a decade into the future).
LTE-M is a lower-bandwidth technology designed for devices and use cases that send limited amounts of data over long periods of time. A few key use cases include:
IoT solutions are, by nature, inherently complex webs of interconnected elements that require careful monitoring and management.
An issue with any one element in an IoT system — from remote apps and configuration of the connected “thing” itself to its radio module, cellular networks, authentication and policy, IP transit, and cloud infrastructure — can result in costly outages, data spikes, or even security breaches.
Properly managing data flows across an end-to-end system becomes even more challenging on bandwidth-constrained networks like LTE-M.
To take full advantage of the cost, longevity, and battery-life benefits that LTE-M has to offer, companies require experienced partners offering not only great coverage, but access to expertise and technology needed to ensure reliability and security.
The Aeris team has more than a decade of experience connecting millions of things over 2G, 3G, 4G, and LTE-M networks around the world. We built our entire offering—technology, tools, and teams—to enable you to provide the highest quality of service to your customers. With Aeris you get:
Access to the global networks your business needs, with options for custom steering based on your application’s characteristics
Network-aware OTA capabilities specifically designed to optimize efficient and cost-effective firmware updates over LTE-M networks
Unrivaled end-to-end visibility— from device to network to application—and a partner that can detect and resolve issues faster than anyone else
Aeris is a pioneer and a leader in the IoT market, with a proven history of helping companies unlock value through connected technologies. We strive to fundamentally improve business performance by dramatically reducing costs, accelerating time-to-market, and enabling new revenue streams.