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MWC ‘17, Day 2: LPWAN and the future of the smart city

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February 28, 2017

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Robb Henshaw

With the second day of Mobile World Congress officially wrapped, we have more to share from the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona.

On day two, Cisco Jasper focused on LPWANs (Low-Power Wide-Area Networks) and their potential to enable massive-scale, cost-effective IoT growth. Earlier today, we announced that our Control Center platform will be expanded to support LPWAN technologies, specifically Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT). NB-IoT is a 3GPP-standard for low-power wide-area networks that is expected to hugely accelerate the growth of the IoT sector and increase the number of connected devices to more than 3 billion by 2023. This announcement addresses increasing demand from companies looking for low-cost, low-power IoT devices to help optimize their businesses and deliver new services.

“LPWANs enable things to connect far more cost effectively than traditional methods,” commented Sanjay Khatri, Head of Platform Product Marketing, Cisco Jasper, who noted that LPWAN technology has the potential to significantly boost Cisco Jasper’s growth.

 

Which industries will benefit most from LPWAN?

When speaking to our partners, we focused on identifying the industries most likely to benefit from LPWAN connectivity. According to Rami Avidan, Managing Director of IoT at Tele2, agriculture is advancing rapidly with connected solutions, and NB-IoT technologies will take that to the next level in the coming years. Rami elaborated that IoT can improve the way we manage the food business, concluding that, “We have to become smart in how we manage, produce and consume our food.”

Another hot topic of the day was the smart city and, in particular, smart meters. Throughout the day, Cisco Jasper execs and their partners had many interesting things to say on the subject. “NB-IoT technologies are going to be catalysts for a whole new class of application, particularly around the smart city,” said Khatri. He added that smart meters could be one technology that gives ordinary people a sense of the true value of IoT.

Signing off for the day was Eugene Viskovic, Group VP to Business at Veon (previously VimpelCom), who looked forward to blazing new frontiers in IoT. “When we signed with Cisco Jasper, we were looking for this type of new revolution. We have the right partner to move forward the next ten years.”

Stay tuned for more insights from the show floor on day three of MWC 2017.

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