Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Orange demonstrates low-energy route to 5G IoT

Steve Rogerson
October 18, 2018
At this week’s IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona, Orange is demonstrating live LTE-M services to highlight the potential of ultra-low energy LTE-M in the massive IoT over cellular networks, paving the way to 5G IoT.
The technology comes from Sony’s Swedish subsidiary Qoitech and French firm Ercogener.
The EG-IoT range of IoT devices has been tested by Orange over the LTE-M (Cat M1) cellular network technology, with Qoitech’s Otii product validating its energy saving potential.
Engineers from both companies were on the Orange stand demonstrating the difference of energy required by the 3G and LTE-M EG-IoT. Specifically, visitors saw how connecting through LTE-M with a Category M1 device is more efficient and requires less energy than connecting over a 3G network.
The availability of LTE-M services will enable applications such as worldwide asset tracking, remote monitoring and control with secure and reliable operation. By demonstrating that LTE-M with Cat M1 is more than twice as efficient as 3G using EG-IoT modules, it will allow these devices to operate without maintenance and battery change for longer.
The energy profile of any IoT device can easily be verified in a development environment and in the field using Otii. The combination of the Orange network, Ercogener’s connectivity technology and Otii gives OEMs access to tools for building out the IoT.
“The EG-IoT modules are rugged, waterproof and shock-resistant, making them ideal for external environments,” said Ludovic de Nicolay, sales and marketing director at Ercogener. “As they operate over both cellular and LPWAN networks it is the ideal way to show the energy savings customers can achieve using our technology.”
The coverage, bandwidth and low latency that LTE Cat M1 will bring to the massive IoT will drive demand for autonomous, intelligent devices that can be deployed and left to operate without maintenance for many years. Using Otii, developers can accurately profile the energy used to connect over different networks, using various radios, and choose the method that best meets the application.
“Working so closely with Orange and Ercogener has shown us how important and useful accurate energy profiling is in the massive IoT,” said Vanja Samuelsson, founder of Qoitech. “Otii gives developers at every point in the stack the ability to verify energy consumption in a real world environment, enabling faster and more agile product development.”
Also at IoT Solutions World Congress, Lynx Software Technologies introduced a simplifying software architecture and development approach for achieving certifiability for increasingly complex software systems on ever more intricate processor platforms for connected transport, manufacturing and other IIoT applications.