u-blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced that it is partnering with key players of the IoT ecosystem, Huawei, Vivo, CAS Tecnologia and PinMyPet running lab and field tests inside new Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT or Cat NB1) networks in Brazil.
The first tests are ongoing since Q1 2017 and initially focused on metering and tracking applications. These trials reflect u-blox's focus to meet pent-up demand for low power wide area (LPWA) connectivity, as delivered by NB1 technology, standardized by 3GPP in June 2016.
Embedded in the test device is the u-blox SARA-N2 NB-IoT module, a cellular NB-IoT module compliant to the 3GPP Release 13, Narrowband IoT (LTE Cat NB1) standard. Designed for use in applications such as smart buildings and cities, utilities metering, white goods, asset tracking, and agricultural and environmental monitoring, the module will operate for 10+years from a single-cell primary battery.
Its 16 mm x 26 mm LGA form factor, using u-blox nested architecture, facilitates simple upgrades from u-blox GSM, HSPA or CDMA modules and ensures future-proof, seamless mechanical scalability across technologies, said the company.