Vodafone launched two new Internet of Things (IoT) offerings in New Zealand in an attempt to capture the growing interest of customers in an emerging technology market.
The giant of the telecommunications companies revealed NB-IoT and LTE-M2, designed to allow Kiwis to connect to an IoT platform and a wide range of IoT applications.
"This is the first combined global release of NB-IoT and LTE-M IoT networks at the same time within the Vodafone Group," said Tony Baird, Vodafone's technology director.
"With more than 1.6 million cellular IoT connections, Vodafone New Zealand has already established itself as the largest IoT provider in New Zealand, and these technologies are expected to drive the next wave of IoT innovation here. Zealand and abroad.
"When combined with our extensive mobile and fixed networks, these new IoT technologies will give Kiwis access to some of the best connectivity experiences in the world."
Leveraging more than 77 million rabbits In more than 30 countries, Vodafone IoT technologies are integrated into connected vehicles manufactured by Audi, BMW, Daimler Benz, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, SEAT, VW and Yamaha motorcycles.
Scott Pollard – Vodafone IoT country manager: both technologies will enable connectivity for a wide range of devices that use licensed spectrum in a "secure, scalable and affordable" manner.  659002] and deep in infrastructure, "Pollard added.
"It is configured to shape the connected farm of the future with applications such as remote monitoring for stock feed, electric fences and water tank levels.
" LTE-M offers a strong battery life and Rapid data performance allows real-time applications such as vehicle tracking, asset monitoring and logistics, with future support for voice calls.
"The entrepreneurs and developers of kiwi have anticipated the arrival of these technologies and we are responding with enthusiasm to the launch, we have some pilot projects that are already underway".
Kiwi Case Studies
A local example is in Punakaiki, in which the local volunteer group Predator Free Punakaiki is working to create a native bird sanctuary.  The company has taken advantage of an IoT pest control solution, MinkPolice, which already has a "success story" in Europe.
"Within each trap there is a SIM card that is connected through Vodafone's IoT network to the MinkPolice smartphone application," explained Heiko Kaiser, managing director of MinkPolice.
"Volunteers are notified each time a trap is activated that sends them to the exact location of the trap, to eliminate it, reset it and catch more pests more frequently. " Initially, the traps used the card Vodafone's global SIM on the 2G IoT network, but we are about to move to the NB-IoT network, which will allow volunteers to install traps in more remote areas of the sanctuary knowing that I still have reliable connectivity. "
, Motiv, an IoT solutions company based in Auckland, has designed custom hardware and a web-based control and programming system to manage and monitor the status of traffic signs in Auckland's electronic schools.
Previously, the schools were responsible for manually monitoring the signs, including turning them on and off.
At the same time, Auckland Transport wanted visibility of its fleet, so they could explore automated maintenance models that would increase service uptime.
"We have created an IoT solution that delivers Auckland Transport's real-time performance from its fleet of smart school posters, which means they are alert to any collision on the side of the road. or vandalism and can track solar performance, "added Ben Birch, CEO of Motiv Solutions.
"The application has been ported to operate on the Vodafone LTE-M network and has provided exceptional performance during the engineering tests of the first live towers.
" The LTE-M network offers a powerful combination Low power and high performance, which means that we have full control over the amount of power we use and the amount of data we want to collect.
"The solution offers peace of mind to schools that can now operate signals without stress knowing that they have the support of Auckland Transport in case the signals are damaged or stop working properly. "
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