Telecom giant Vodafone has rolled out a new network that will strengthen its IoT leadership in New Zealand. The new rollout compromises of NB-IoT and LTE-M2, which the company has categorized as oT1 technologies. The network will enable Kiwis to join the world leaders in IoT technologies for an enhanced range of IoT applications. Vodafone has reached in 33 countries and enjoys 77 million connections.
Tony Baird, Vodafone Technology Director, said that the technologies are one of their kinds in the world. The company has 1.6 million cellular IoT connections in New Zealand and it enjoys the reputation of being the largest IoT provide in the country. The newly rolled out technologies are likely to bring a brand new wave of IoT innovation in the country and elsewhere in the world.
The new IoT technologies clubbed with a mobile and fixed network of Vodafone will provide Kiwis an access to great connectivity experience in the globe. Vodafone IoT technologies are already used within connected vehicles manufactured by BMW, General Motors, SEAT, Yamaha motorbikes, Porsche, Ford and more.
Scott Pollard, Vodafone IoT Country Manager, said that the technologies will provide enhanced connectivity to be used in a range of devices through licensed spectrum in the most efficient and effective manner.
The signal strength of NB-IoT can be deployed in all kind of environment like concrete surface or even underwater, said Pollard. The technology is being looked up by the company as the future of connected farm with applications such as enteric fencing and water tank levels.
LTE-M is being promoted by the company as IoT device that has great battery life, is faster, and efficient in real-time applications such as asset monitoring and logistics. These IoT technologies are the most anticipated ones. The company is also reportedly working on certain pilot projects.
A local volunteer group Predator Free Punakaiki is reportedly working to create a native bird sanctuary in Punakaiki, in the West Coast of New Zealand. IoT pest control solution MinkPolice is being deployed for the noble cause. The solution has already been deployed in Europe and has proved to be a great success.
Heiko Kaiser, the Managing Director of MinkPolice said the MinkPolice smart-phone application uses an IoT network of Vodafone for reporting of an issue. The app sends a notification to volunteers on the activation of the trap. The app sends the volunteers the location of the trap for them to reach out for it and reprogram it. The traps were first deployed with Vodafone’s SIM on the 2G IoT network but now they will be deployed with the latest network NB-IoT. The network will enable the volunteers to set the traps in the remote areas of the sanctuary.
On the same line, Grant Parrett of Predator Free Punakaiki said the IoT technologies have greatly benefited the volunteers. The IoT technologies, in fact, have freed the volunteers from the toil of walking through terrain to check on traps.