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There’s a tendency to think of the Internet of Things (IoT) as one, interconnected technological entity.

But in actuality, the IoT is a much more widely diverse and multifaceted realm. In fact there are several types of IoT wireless technology, including:

  • Bluetooth and BLE
  • Cellular
  • LPWANs
  • WIFI
  • RFID

 Tech analysts insist that each IoT realm has its own strengths and weaknesses, best-suited for different IoT use cases.

For example, Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) are the new phenomenon in IoT. By providing long-range communication on small, inexpensive batteries that last for years, this family of technologies is purpose-built to support large-scale IoT networks sprawling over vast industrial and commercial campuses.

One particularly big advantage of LPWANs is that they can connect all types of IoT sensors. This helps facilitate numerous applications from asset tracking, environmental monitoring and facility management to occupancy detection and consumables monitoring.

Another IoT realm, cellular, is of course already well-established in the mobile market. Cellular networks offer reliable broadband communication supporting various voice calls and video streaming applications.

On the downside, they impose very high operational costs and power requirements.

While cellular networks are not viable for the majority of IoT applications powered by battery-operated sensor networks, they fit well in specific use cases such as connected cars or fleet management in transportation and logistics.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers IoT Wireless Connectivity Bootcamp, a 2-day technology training course covering leading types of IoT wireless connectivity technology and their best use cases.

Participants learn about Internet of Things (IoT), wireless connectivity solutions for IoT products and services, their strengths and weaknesses for different IoT use cases.

For more information, questions, comments, contact us.

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