Vodafone is a global market leader in Internet of Things (IoT) technology powering millions of devices, in all kinds of verticals, in every industry. Globally, we are connecting game-changing technologies that are changing the way we live and work. Tony Guerion, Global Head of IoT Sales at Vodafone Group Enterprise, joins Vodafone for CeBIT Australia 2017 and shares his wisdom about how IoT tech, particularly Narrowband IoT, is changing the world.

Vodafone IoT around the world

Today Vodafone powers 54 million connections, which means we talk to 54 million IoT devices in the field on a daily, minute-by-minute basis. As a global market leader in IoT we work across many verticals, from automotive to health, smart cities, and consumer electronics. We are driving connectivity everywhere, in every asset in the field.

One American company we are proud to power with the Vodafone SIM is Ekso Bionics. Tragically, some people suffer strokes and spinal cord injuries and need to learn how to walk again. In recovery, the number of steps that you make on a daily basis makes a huge difference to how quickly your body relearns to walk, and if a patient has to actually rely, on their own strength alone they tend to make very slow progress. Ekso Bionics has developed the first FDA cleared exoskeleton, designed to help patients get back on their feet. The connected elements of the device enable the doctor to measure data in real time, helping to make minute data-led decisions at scale. Imagine: every detail is captured and every recommendation is optimised, instantaneously. It’s precisely this kind of technology that is revolutionising recovery. This is just one example about how IoT technology is already changing lives around the world.

The next chapter: What is Narrowband?

Today, about 6.5 billion ‘things’ are connected to the Internet. And while this sounds like a lot, less than 1% of all the things that could be connected, are.

So, why aren’t they?

They’re either too remote, too inaccessible, or there’s simply too many of them to make it economically viable to do so.

Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) is a new technology standard, designed to broaden the future of IoT connectivity. Ratified by the 3GPP, an international telecoms standards body that works to develop future generation wireless technologies, NB-IoT may soon be deployed by operators across the globe.

To efficiency, and beyond!

Power consumption is a big problem for companies building Internet of Things solutions: once you have an asset in the field, you don’t want to waste resources visiting that asset every week. Narrowband optimises power consumption, and with this technology, a device’s connection could have 10 years’ worth of life.

The other huge enhancement that Narrow Band IoT actually delivers is the penetration. So 4G, 2G, 3G, have some limitations when it comes to big concrete walls (like those in car parks!). Narrow Band IoT actually gives you 20dB upside, meaning that devices located underground are able to connect to the 3G or 4G network via Narrowband, whereas previously they could not. That is very, very important in a world where smart driving – and smart parking – is becoming more and more ordinary in the smart cities of the future.

NB-IoT is already a reality overseas, with test labs live in Spain, the UK, and Germany. Today we are expanding the global ecosystem to get ready for this technology to be deployed around the world. We’ve already seen a lot of interest from Vodafone small business and enterprise customers, but that appetite needs to accelerate if Australians want to reach their potential when this technology arrives. NB-IoT is going to change every element of connected business – it’s very real, and our specialists are equipped to find a solution for you. Our customers, big and small, are seeing benefits from our IoT capability all over the world. We are genuinely leading the pack when it comes to bringing low power area network into the market, and whatever your size, Vodafone is ready to work with you.

Vodafone can power your business

Interested in Vodafone’s IoT? Contact our specialised team today. We are the global leader in IoT technology, and have worldwide capabilities to suit every need, from start up to enterprise.

We’ll give your small business the kind of TLC that you give your customers, because we know that’s what SMEs need from their telco to succeed.

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1 Vodafone has been named global leader in IoT services in the Machina Research 2016 IoT Communications Service Provider Benchmarking report for the fifth consecutive year.

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Neelum Prakash

Neelum Prakash

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