Some time ago, we had the luck to be one of the firsts pioneers in Italy to have the opportunity to test the new Narrowband-IoT (Nb-IoT) technology standard, in Vodafone Open Lab in Milan.
First of all: What is Vodafone Open Lab?
The Open Lab allows companies to test their devices and/or services in a secure environment to replicate, exactly, the performance of the Nb-IoT technology standard. This simulated environment allows to accelerate the entry in the market time of Nb-IoT solutions, and also allows to test whether the devices that are tested meet the requirements of the Nb-IoT standard.
NB-IoT allows to connect devices more simply and efficiently on already established mobile networks. Notably it provides:
- Low power consumption
- Cost savings
- Reliability and security
- Wider deployment also of remote and rural areas
- Global reach.
In Vodafone Open Lab we had the possibility to test our structural health monitoring (SHM) solution which allows to control, in remote and in real-time, the state of conservation of a construction.
How was our experience?
It was certainly positive. The staff we faced was skilled and proactive in helping us carry out the various tests, which allowed us to quickly and brilliantly reach the two fixed steps.
The first was to plug in the Vodafone IoT sim to make our device connect to the Nb-IoT network. Once the device was connected (we did it in less than 30 minutes!), we moved to the second step: the data stream via Nb-IoT network from our sensor to our platform IoT, tertiumcloud.com, and the Vodafone IoT platform, RMCS.
So after this amazing experience, TERTIUM is fully ready for the upcoming Nb-IoT revolution.
Thanks Vodafone Open Lab!