CELLULAR/GSM and NB-IOT
While LoRA and ZigBEE are great for transporting data over long range, there are cases where it is not as ideal. This includes application where:
High bandwidth is desired: CCTV viewing, streaming of HMI and where throughput might be significant.
GeoSpatial Applications: Where distance is far beyond the Line of Sight range or WAN type applications
What is cellular?
Simply put, this is the standard network that you use on your mobile. However, unlike typical mobile clients, there are various challenges that an Industrial include:
APN and IP limitations: WAN facing IP might pose a challenge to customers who require to deploy a WAN accessible device
VPN deployment: Various network and application requirement will determine the type of mode.
Cost: M2M networks will require a separate business model and costing compared to the consumer facing front
Infrastructure monitoring: Connection of the terminals, remote triggering and management of the device are crucial in ensuring uptime for the devices
Cellular Gateways can be used for:
Secured remote access and control of machines or SCADA system and BMS Systems
Remote CCTV access
Transfer of consolidated data from one source to another
Transfer of TCP/IP packets
ATM, POS and Kiosks