November 23, 2021

Uncovering the Hidden Use Cases of Narrowband Cellular for the IoT

Let's dive into a few 'hidden' use cases of cellular IoT like file transfer and remote control.

Rob Lauer, Developer Relations Lead

Many off-the-grid IoT solutions rely on low-bandwidth cellular protocols (e.g. NB-IoT and LTE-M) for communications. While there are numerous advantages to these protocols, as they consume less power and are more cost-effective, they are typically limited to infrequently relaying small packets of sensor data.

This low-bandwidth/high-latency process makes perfect sense for the majority of remotely-deployed IoT solutions, as relaying data from device-to-cloud is the essence of what they are providing.

However, what if our needs are slightly more non-standard. What if we are relying on NB-IoT or LTE-M, but also need to:

  • πŸ€– Remotely control machinery with inbound communications?
  • πŸ—ƒ Transfer binary files (of any size)?
  • ♻️ Update Machine Learning models on-the-fly?
  • ☁️ Perform Notecard and MCU firmware updates remotely?

Normally we might delegate tasks like these to Wi-Fi. But if Wi-Fi isn’t an option or is too power-hungry, the Blues Wireless Notecard device-to-cloud cellular data pump can help.

In this webinar, we covered all of the above topics and showed how to efficiently and securely utilize narrowband cellular to its fullest extent in less than an hour. Watch at your convenience on YouTube:

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