Efento among 12 companies which will develop NB-IoT products

Efento was selected as one of 12 European companies which will develop NB-IoT based products or solutions in WARP program organized by hub:raum along with T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom.

From a large number of applications hub:raum’s and T-Mobile’s experts slected companies whose products or services suit best T-Mobile’s and its customers’ needs. Twelve selected companies include:

  1. Agritel (Romania) – agriculture sensors network and predictions
  2. BS2 Sicherheitssysteme (Germany)  buildings infrastructure service
  3. Digital Keys (UK) – locks and digital keys devices
  4. Digitanimal (Spain) – wearables devices for livestock animals
  5. Efento (Poland) – sensors and cloud platform for monitoring goods
  6. IoT.water (Czech Republic) – remote water meter-reading system
  7. Isimpio (Poland) – solution system for water and sewage
  8. Istmos (Greece) – safeguarding wine quality system along the supply chain
  9. Meazon (Greece) – energy metres service with integrated cloud technology
  10. Sensolus (Belgium) – tracking service for non-powered assets
  11. Smart Sense (Croatia) – outdoor and indoor air quality monitoring system
  12. ToolSense (Austria) – mobile and energy-critical tools system with NB-IoT

More information about WARP NB-IoT program can be found on hub:ram’s website

Narrowband IoT – the future of Interent of Things communcation

Currently, Internet Things devices use a variety of wireless communications techniques, but each has limitations in terms of range, battery life, or installation and maintenance issues. The solution to these problems is the Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network, where device-to-server communication can be carried out over very long distances while ensuring long battery life. Narrowband-IoT is one of the types of LPWA network in which communication infrastructure is provided by cellular operators based on the narrow frequency band used by LTE technology. The key advantage of this communication technique is that the user does not need to build infrastructure that allows sensors to transmit data to the server – it can use the connectivity provided by the network operator. As a result, the installation and maintenance of sensors is much simpler and cheaper – the user takes the sensor out of the box, registers it on the server platform, and starts monitoring the selected parameter.

At the moment we are facing a huge breakthrough in sensor technology. At this year’s CeBIT fair in Hannover, practically all telecom operators, led by Deutsche Telekom, presented the Internet of Things as one of the main development directions. Deutsche Telekom announces the launch of the NB-IoT backbone network in eight countries by the end of this year (Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary). It is estimated that the cost of a typical LPWA module will be $ 5 to $ 20, depending on the technology used. With subsequent LPWA implementations, module costs may drop to $ 1 or $ 2 in wholesale. Such low prices of communication modules will result in mass deployments based on LPWA networks. According to forecasts, by 2025, the use of LPWA communications in known or new applications will account for 70% of the 3.5 billion networked devices.