Narrow Band IoT is the first technology focused on connecting everyday objects that require small amounts of data over long periods of time to the internet. This technology has been developed to enable efficient communications and high battery life for massively distributed devices. It uses the already existing mobile network to connect all these objects. It is ideal for devices that generate not very high data traffic and have a long life cycle.
IoT: Internet of Things
It describes the network of physical objects (things) that carry built-in sensors, software and other technologies in order to connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet without human intervention. These devices range from everyday household items to sophisticated industrial tools. With more than 7 billion IoT devices connected today, experts predict this number will rise to 10 billion this year and 22 billion in 2025.
At Plantae we have used this technology since our inception to be able to send the data captured by our sensors to the cloud, in this way it is easier to exploit and present them in our tools.
Although the idea of IoT has been around for a long time, a number of recent advancements in various technologies have made it a reality.
- Reduced price of hardware components. Affordable and reliable sensors make IoT technology possible for more manufacturers.
- Connectivity. A set of network protocols for the Internet has made it easy to connect sensors to the cloud and other “things” for efficient data transmission (NB-IoT, LoraWan, LTE, etc. ).
- Cloud Computing. Increased availability of cloud platforms allows both businesses and consumers to access the infrastructure they need to scale capacity without having to manage everything.
- AI and Machine learning. With the advances made in artificial intelligence (more specifically in machine learning), together with access to huge amounts of wide variety of data stored in the cloud, people and companies can take decisions in a much more concise and secure way.
Advantages of Narrow Band IoT Technology (NB-IoT)
The main advantage of this technology is being able to measure data in real time. In the field of agriculture, the measurement of subsoil parameters such as temperature, humidity and conductivity, measured through sensors and visualized by both the farmer and the platform technicians, favors the following factors:
- Store data safely.
- Give a global connection.
- Favor decision-making.
- Automatic control of systems.
- Crop management with precision.
- Energy saving.
- Economic savings in the sector.
- Also to favor the quality of the products.
- low cost is very important.