With the launch of its nationwide IoT network, Vodafone has become the first mobile operator in Ireland to have done so. Their goal is to connect millions of smart devices, while radically saving time and money.
The newly launched NB-IoT network is based on a low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology, which is designed to connect a myriad of devices with low bandwidth requirements. This technology also has a broad level of support within the mobile industry: 40 mobile operators on a global level, 550+ mobile IoT innovators, and 27 technology vendors.
In the future, we can expect to see the nation going through a significant digital transformation, and the effects will be visible in the form of health care advancements, smart homes, connected cars, and smart cities.
In concrete terms, imagine a smart rubbish bin that has the ability to alert a local authority when full. This is going to revolutionise the way we live and significantly improve how clean the cities are; or a parking sensor that can show you the nearest parking space, thus effectively reducing traffic congestion. The possibilities for digital growth are nearly endless.
Anne O’Leary, Vodafone CEO, said that the company’s latest innovation will provide a head start to Irish businesses. Furthermore, she mentioned that the technology is deployed in the licensed spectrum. This is important from the perspective of cybersecurity.
Vodafone is planning to switch on the new IoT network before the end of the year.