u-blox Runs NB-IoT Lab and Field Trials in Brazil

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u-blox today announced that it is partnering with key players of the IoT ecosystem, Huawei, Vivo, CAS Tecnologia and PinMyPet running lab and field tests inside new Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT or Cat NB1) networks in Brazil.

The first tests are ongoing since Q1 2017 and initially focused on metering and tracking applications.

These trials reflect u-blox’s focus to meet pent-up demand for low power wide area (LPWA) connectivity, as delivered by NB1 technology, standardized by 3GPP in June 2016. The benefits of NB1 over other cellular radio technologies include lower device complexity, ultra-low power operation, and support for more than 50,000 devices per single cellular cell. As it uses a licensed spectrum-based network, it also offers greater security and high robustness from interference. NB1 is therefore ideal for IoT and M2M applications requiring extremely low power consumption and better coverage even in shielded areas.

“We are excited to partner with u-blox to help our mutual customers migrate to the new, low-power and low-cost Narrowband IoT technology that also offers excellent coverage,” says the Vivo IoT Senior Manager, Eduardo Takeshi.

“We chose u-blox because of the quality of its products and excellent technical support,” said Marcos Buson, Director, PinMyPet. “The SARA-N2 NB1 module delivers the reliable, low power, and optimized LTE cellular connectivity necessary to our pet tracking device.”

“The low power consumption of u-blox SARA-N2 and improved coverage of NB-IoT networks in Brazil will bring important benefits to our solutions,” said Welson Regis Jacometti, CEO at CAS Tecnologia, a technology leader in smart metering in Latin America.

Ricardo Adulis at SmartCore, the representative of u-blox in Brazil, says:

“Keeping 2G network is not efficient use for the increasing number of IoT devices. NB-IoT is the natural evolutionary step for wireless operators, hardware manufacturers, and end customers.”

Embedded in the test device is the u-blox SARA-N2 NB-IoT module, the world’s first cellular NB-IoT module compliant to the 3GPP Release 13, Narrowband IoT (LTE Cat NB1) standard. Designed for use in applications such as smart buildings and cities, utilities metering, white goods, asset tracking, and agricultural and environmental monitoring, the module will operate for 10+years from a single-cell primary battery. Its 16 mm x 26 mm LGA form factor, using u-blox nested architecture, facilitates simple upgrades from u-blox GSM, HSPA or CDMA modules and ensures future-proof, seamless mechanical scalability across technologies.

“Allowing for easy migration across 2G, 3G and 4G, cellular modules from u-blox support a comprehensive set of communication protocols with minimal signalling overhead to conserve power,” added Suresh Ram, President u-blox America. “We are working with our partners and customers to introduce products with our modules where longevity of operation and reachability in poor propagation conditions are mission critical.”

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U-blox puts NB-IoT to the test in Brazil

U-blox puts NB-IoT to the test in Brazil

Wireless comms specialist U-blox is field-testing new IoT networks in Brazil alongside Huawei, Vivo, CAS Tecnologia and PinMyPet.

NB-IoT test networks have been set up in Brazil to experiment with metering and tracking applications.

The trials are being run by Swiss wireless communications specialist U-blox, in conjunction with partners Huawei, Vivo, CAS Tecnologia and PinMyPet. According to U-blox, the tests began at the start of the year, with the goal of gauging demand for low-power wide area network (LPWAN) connectivity.

The company claims that the benefits of Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) over other cellular radio technologies include lower device complexity, ultra-low power operation and support for more than 50,000 devices per single cellular cell.

Since NB-IoT uses licensed spectrum, it adds, it also offers greater security and high robustness from interference. That makes it “ideal for IoT and M2M applications requiring extremely low power consumption and better coverage even in shielded areas”, according to the company.

Read more: T-Mobile US bets on NB-IoT, completes Vegas live tests

U-blox module

Embedded in the test devices that partners are using on the networks is the U-blox SARA-N2 NB-IoT module, which the company claims is the world’s first cellular NB-IoT module compliant to the 3GPP Release 13, Narrowband IoT (LTE Cat NB1) standard.

Designed for use in applications such as smart buildings and cities, utilities metering, white goods, asset tracking, and agricultural and environmental monitoring, the module will operate for over 10 years from a single-cell primary battery.

The company said that the module’s 16 mm x 26 mm LGA form factor, using U-blox nested architecture, “facilitates simple upgrades from U-blox GSM, HSPA or CDMA modules and ensures future-proof, seamless mechanical scalability across technologies.”

Read more: Telefonica & Huawei launch NB-IoT open lab

Partner power

Brazilian telco Vivo, legally known as Telefonica Brazil and part of the Spanish multinational, is one of the partners taking part in the tests. “We are excited to partner with U-blox to help our mutual customers migrate to the new, low-power and low-cost Narrowband IoT technology that also offers excellent coverage,” said Vivo’s IoT senior manager, Eduardo Takeshi.

Another is CAS Tecnologia, a smart metering specialist for clients primarily in the utilities sector, based in Sao Paulo. The company’s CEO Welson Regis Jacometti believes that improved coverage of NB-IoT networks in Brazil “will bring important benefits to our solutions.”

Finally, there’s also pet tracking service PinMyPet, where the U-blox module delivers the “reliable, low-power and optimised LTE cellular connectivity necessary to our pet tracking device,” explained company director Marcos Buson.

Meanwhile, Ricardo Adulis at SmartCore, which represents U-blox in Brazil, commented that since 2G networks cannot keep pace with the increasing number of IoT devices, NB-IoT represents “the natural evolutionary step for wireless operators, hardware manufacturers and end customers.”

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Datora Mobile to Launch Ingenu’s RPMA Network in Brazil

Datora Mobile to Launch Ingenu’s RPMA Network in Brazil

Reliable, secure IoT network to provide machine connectivity to largest market in Latin America.

Ingenu Inc. and Datorá Telecomunicações Ltda. (“Datora”), today announced the launch of the Machine Network™ in the country of Brazil.

The Internet of Things (IoT) network, powered by Ingenu’s RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology, will serve Brazil’s population of over 200 million, providing reliable connectivity for IoT/M2M applications such as agriculture, environmental monitoring, logistics and smart city.

Datora will deploy the Machine Network throughout Brazil, with expected completion in late 2018. The network will be integrated with its IoT Connectivity Abstraction Layer Solution (IoT CAL Solution), which allows different types of seamless connectivity for its clients.

The initial RPMA rollout will be in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil’s third-largest state in terms of GDP and home of the headquarters of CODEMIG (Companhia de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais), a company responsible for significant economic development in the State and a Datora Mobile shareholder.

“The Brazilian market is rapidly expanding its focus on IoT connectivity to bring useful new applications to the region,” said Tomas Fuchs, CEO of Datora Group.

“Datora’s vast experience in providing IoT/M2M connectivity and Ingenu’s robust, reliable RPMA technology will provide unprecedented network availability for a host of IoT solutions and flexibility of integration with our IoT CAL Solution.”

Ingenu is currently building out its Machine Network in the U.S. and is on pace to have over 100 major metropolitan areas covered by the end of 2017. The company is also partnering with global strategic companies, like Datora, to build country-wide public networks specifically for IoT traffic in their respective countries.

“Ingenu’s partnership with Datora is the company’s largest deployment in the Latin American market to date,” said John Horn, CEO, Ingenu. “We are excited to align our global expansion with Datora, an established and profitable Brazilian company, to support the connectivity needs of this growing nation, and to extend the reach of our RPMA technology in Brazil.”

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