Vodafone New Zealand has simultaneously launched two new IoT, NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies, which will allow Kiwis to connect to the world's leading IoT platform for a new and innovative range of IoT applications.
Vodafone is the world leader in managed IoT, with 77 million connections in more than 30 countries.
"This is the first combined global release of NB-IoT and LTE-M IoT networks at the same time within the Vodafone Group," says Vodafone Technology Director Tony Baird
"With over 1.6 million connections IoT cellular, 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 in New 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. "
Worldwide, Vodafone IoT techno Motorcycles are integrated into built-in connected vehicles by Audi, BMW, Daimler Benz, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, SEAT, VW and Yamaha bikes.
Scott Pollard, manager of Vodafone IoT, adds that both technologies will allow connectivity a wide range of devices that use licensed spectrum in a secure, scalable and affordable way.
"NB-IoT offers a power signal that can penetrate through the concrete, underwater, underground and deep infrastructure. It is configured to shape the connected farm of the future with applications such as remote monitoring for inventory feeding, electric fences and water tank levels.
"LTE-M offers great battery life and fast data throughput to enable real-time applications such as vehicle tracking, asset tracking and logistics, with future support for voice calls." Entrepreneurs and developers Kiwi have been anticipating the arrival of these technologies and are responding enthusiastically to the launch, we already have some pilot projects underway. "
In the impressive Punakaiki, home of Pancake Rocks on the west coast of New Zealand, the local volunteer group Predator Free Punakaiki is working to create a native bird sanctuary.
In their quest to eradicate predators, they have turned to an innovative IoT pest control solution, MinkPolice, which already has a track record of success in Europe.
"Within each trap, there is a SIM card that is connected through the MinkPolice smartphone through Vodafone's IoT network." Explains MinkPolice CEO, Heiko Kaiser
"Volunteers receive a notification every time a trap is activated that sends them to the exact location of the trap, to eliminate it, restart it and catch more pests more frequently Initially, the traps used the Vodafone global SIM card in the 2G IoT network, but we are about to move to the NB-IoT network, which will allow volunteers to place traps in more remote areas of the sanctuary. "
NB- IoT and LTE-M will be implemented securely in the existing Vodafone 4G network.