VODAFONE HAS announced that it is trialling smart internet-connected lighting in Ireland as part of an upgrade of its base stations.
The telecoms giant is debuting narrow-band Internet-of-Things technology to deliver connectivity for digital services. The operator is working with Swedish tech firm Ericsson on upgrading its base stations to handle the technology and also says it is in discussions with potential customers serving both residential and industrial contexts.
As well as smart lighting, it is also undertaking proof-of-concept trials with smart parking and smart bins.
As well as connectivity, Vodafone is offering specialist consultancy services to help customers protect their data.
Anne O’Leary, CEO at Vodafone Ireland, told the press: ‘The evolution of the Internet of Things means that there is an urgent need for a low-power way to connect thousands of devices. Narrow band IoT fits the bill perfectly.
‘Our latest innovation will provide a head start to Irish businesses and consumers in their race to become truly smart and efficient, radically saving time and money.
‘The narrow band IoT network is a standards-based technology and is deployed in the licensed spectrum which is important from a security perspective.’
Narrow band IoT is one of a number of technologies – along with LoRa, Sigfox and LTE-M – vying for supremacy in outdoor applications.
- IoT-connected city lighting is one of the sessions at the new Smart Spaces Conference feature at the LuxLive 2017 exhibition and conference. It runs on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.
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