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Olivier Pauzet, Vice President, Marketing &
Market Strategy, Sierra Wireless
Standardization, and the strong ecosystem
support that results from these efforts, is
needed for device-to-device communication to
Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) wireless networking technologies
have taken center stage in Internet of Things (Io T) connectivity
because of their promise to deliver low power, low speed, and low
cost with very high network coverage. The technologies that are best
positioned for LPWA longevity are the ones that will be standardized
and will therefore be able to offer the greatest ecosystem support and
interoperability. From this perspective, the 3GPP LTE-Machine Type
Communications (LTE-M) LPWA technology stands out as a leader.
LTE-M is slated for commercial availability in the second half
of 2017, with multi-national network deployments in hundreds of
countries, and it is already proving itself in IoT trials. At Mobile
World Congress in March 2016, Sierra Wireless demonstrated two
devices communicating with each other using an LTE-M module,
where we implemented low power features for both transmission
and reception using Ericsson base station infrastructure. It was a
world first to have both features in a cellular module.
Market timing and solution readiness are, of course, only two
of the many forces at play. Cost, power, and coverage are all
key factors when it comes to predicting which standards and
technologies will have the greatest impact.
Because the complexities of all LPWA solutions are similar,
costs are much more likely to be influenced by economies of scale.
Standardized solutions with worldwide adoption that support a
massive M2M ecosystem could make the technology much less
expensive than other niche proprietary solutions.
Standardized solutions like LTE-M stand to fare much better over
the long haul than proprietary ones, and they will best serve the
industry and the IoT as a whole.
Stephanie Montgomery, Vice President of
Technology & Standards, TIA
In any communication device design, it is
ideal to have interoperability at the interface,
Manufacturers, vendors, and users tend to come together in
each industry vertical to have harmonized platforms for easy
transitions by the end user from one feature set to another. Of
course, there are proprietary solutions which get broad deployment
and in effect become ‘de-facto’ standards. However, as the markets
mature and there is more overlapping competition, vendors of
M2M systems may find that there are distinct advantages to create
industry standards from which they design their products to
comply, ensure compatibility, and encourage innovation.
Standards drive interoperability and avoid re-inventing the wheel
for each product. The time-proven model for developing standards
encourages open participation and engagement from experts in
the industry. There are already some M2M standards in the market
which define the core platform and the base architecture from
the TIA, ETSI, and oneM2M standards programs, and we assume
there are others out there. As the community moves deeper into
the explosion of M2M, use cases are being developed with a look
toward defining the recommended interfaces.