Why 3G Matters to the Expanding Internet of Things

Last updated: 24 September 2014

Technology is driven by innovation and the next “big” thing – which is almost always smaller, sleeker and faster.  As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands and grows, it’s turning everyday objects into smart solutions that improve our lives. But in the world of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology, that axiom is turned on its head.

M2M powers the IoT, a web of connected objects and devices that simplify our day-to-day life. Smart homes automatically send text messages to parents when children arrive home from school, connected pill dispensers prompt patients when medicine is due and automatically refill prescriptions, and enchanted umbrellas light up and send messages when rain is expected.

These ‘smart’ applications are exciting, growing and transforming our daily lives. Some applications need a maximum amount of bandwidth while others thrive on 3G networks because they don’t need the larger bandwidth that 4G and LTE provide.   As the internet of things matures, Mobile Network Operators are getting smart about matching applications with the network that meets bandwidth needs, which in-turn allows them to leverage their existing 3G infrastructure in an ideal way: providing a cost effective solution for applications that thrive on 3G.

We recently announced an initiative to enhance M2M connectivity across the United States with the Cinterion PCS3 module on the Sprint network. This new module delivers superior efficiency and an expanded wireless range for better coverage in buildings and rural areas, which is crucial for mHealth applications, smart home solutions, and remote monitoring applications. Its high-performance power management system extends battery life up to 10x for compact devices – ideal for mobile solutions and devices in the field.

250 million M2M devices are projected to be in the field worldwide by the end of 2014, and their efficiency and long-term durability have never been more crucial. Read the press release to learn more about our new module with Sprint.

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