Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

NetComm modem lets businesses connect with Cat-M1 and NB-IoT

Steve Rogerson
September 6, 2018



Australian telecoms company NetComm has added to its IoT portfolio to let businesses connect all low-power, low-bandwidth devices to LTE networks.
 
Low-power devices that only require a very limited amount of bandwidth are being introduced by businesses to optimise operations and reduce running costs. With the NetComm NTC-100 modem, businesses can be less dependent on proprietary unlicensed networks in the area to manage and control these devices remotely.
 
"This is the first low-power, low-bandwidth device introduced to our industrial IoT portfolio and the only device of its kind to integrate a dual technology LTE module using Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technologies to economically track and monitor low-cost applications that were traditionally too costly to connect,” said Els Baert, NetComm director of marketing. "This will accelerate the uptake of industrial IoT by providing diverse industry sectors with the chance to connect and cost-effectively manage large fleets of small, low-value assets everywhere where there is an LTE network available."
 
Businesses across all industry sectors can use this to connect devices with the 3GPP Cat M1 and NB-IoT standards. Widely available LTE networks support these applications by adding low bandwidth capabilities to extend range and battery life.
 
The NTC-100 is a commercially available modem supporting Cat M1 and NB-IoT connections to any device that needs network connectivity, giving businesses a way to manage, control and gather data remotely from their devices. Whether it's to find an economically viable means of monitoring environmental conditions, such as ocean levels, improve smart metering, monitor the farm or introduce smart city applications such as road signage, parking meters and bin collection, a growing number of devices can now leverage LTE networks worldwide.
 
Built to endure vibration and extreme temperatures in harsh industrial, commercial and automotive environments, the modem features rugged IP40 rated industrial housing to ensure reliability and longevity in harsh remote and isolated climates providing always-on connectivity. The remote management allows for a wide range of automation and monitoring features to avoid unnecessary truck rolls.