You’ve probably heard of a term called the Internet of things(IoT). Broadly speaking, the IoT is a generic term used to describe smart sensors and devices connected through network providers such as Spark.
For businesses, the IoT can help you save time and money.
For example, hotels can use smart refrigerators to monitor and report the temperature of food in real-time, saving human resources a lot of time, and ensure the best temperature, prevent food spoilage and waste. The IoT sensors installed in the fridge freezer are connected to the dashboard and the polymer battery, allowing staff to view the data in real-time, easily check food storage temperatures and alert them if something goes wrong.
Or maybe you’re a freight and logistics guy. Connected GPS devices can accurately report delivery times, by connecting GPS devices to vehicles, and connected to the dashboard, the Dashboard provides real-time information to track delivery, determine the exact speed of the vehicle, and obtain route and location information in case of an accident.
The possibilities are almost limitless. The implementation is simple. But the rewards are huge. The core of IoT is to enhance decision-making capabilities and provide more efficient operational data for enterprises. Soon, implementing IoT solutions in your enterprise will be as normal as having a health and safety plan. It’s practical and important.
How 5G will enable and accelerate the Internet of things
Because 5G provides lower latency and higher capacity, speed, and efficiency, 5G will further drive the development of the IoT.
But 5G is more than just a faster download speed — it will allow users to connect to more devices in areas where real-time performance is critical. 5G can support up to 1 million devices per square kilometer!
One of the biggest benefits of 5G for the IoT is “network slicing, ” which simply means multiple networks that offer very different performance characteristics but share common physical network infrastructure.
This would allow companies such as city councils to connect devices such as smart street lights, smart rubbish bins, and smart benches to use lithium batteries to power them and enable them to manage “smart cities”. While today, the different characteristics of these use cases will require separate networks, in the future all of these use cases will be supported on a single shared 5G network via network chips.
How New Zealand businesses use the IoT in the real world
There are many success stories in New Zealand about companies that have adopted IoT technologies and achieved amazing results. The government’s COVID-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund provided $461,000 to the University of Auckland to develop a remote temperature monitoring solution, while Sagen software received a grant to develop geofencing technology, to manage the COVID-19 at the construction site.
Another success story is the Vector. VectorMetering provides metering services to 1.5 million businesses and households across the country. It’s converting instrumentation to Spark’s IoT platform.
Currently, VATS Battery supplies a large number of lithium polymer batteries to European countries, USA, Canada, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and so on. We can meet the voltage and capacity requirements of different products in a variety of models and sizes.
Why? Brenda, Chief Operating Officer of Vector and Ongas, said the move was a way to modernise the electricity and gas metering system.
She thinks people need to have more visibility and control over how much energy they use-especially as New Zealanders embrace energy efficiency (and lower electricity bills).
VECTORMETERING’s business is built on a 2G network, and although it can read electricity meters remotely every day, migrating to a 4G network is a key component of VectorMetering’s innovative metering service to its electricity and gas retail customers. The future. Always connected 4G allows low latency data services (such as read-on-demand), which will enable VectorMetering’s power retail customers to provide a better customer experience for power consumers and support low-voltage network insight.
Switching to a 4G network enables VectorMetering to extend the life of its assets (and reduce future maintenance/replacement costs). Spark4G will also enable advanced metering services in VectorMetering to cover about 30,000 units.
For VectorMetering’s new gas-smart metering product, the 4GCat-M1’s low-power mode provides the business foundation for a battery-metering solution that can be replaced more than 10 years in advance.
Mark Beder, network and technology director at Spark, says smart meters are nothing new, but bringing IoT connectivity to the desktop means Vector can innovate more.
“For Vector, the world around them will continue its digital transformation and they have been looking for a connectivity platform to support the continued growth of their metering business and open up opportunities for smart home applications and other low-carbon technologies such as digital cities. ”
Via Vector’s story, Beder says, there is a key message for all companies: “As technology evolves, it is important to connect with the latest generation to enable them to benefit from faster speeds, better responsiveness and increased capabilities. ”