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Verizon flaunts affordable, easy-to-use IoT platform

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Verizon? IoT? LTE? 4G? API?

Intelligent track and trace

Adding sensors to boxes, pallets and transportation could greatly improve shipping across industries. Verizon partners developed a ThingSpace-based tracker with 13 configurable sensors, from accelerometer, orientation, pressure and light, and a network chip that could track a large pallet.

Battery life of the tracker

Battery life of the tracker (above, on a pallet) is 21 days with constant use. (Image: EE Times/Jessica Lipsky)

Users can receive information from the tracker and control the device remotely via a cellular connection. When pressed about saturating a network with millions of small devices, Verizon officials said new low latency, low bandwidth CAT 1 LTE modules will help provision demand and make the network smarter.

Smart monitoring

Verizon demonstrated a smart metre as-a-service system for utility companies. The half circle shaped Verizon-branded board has an embedded communications interface card and runs LTE backhaul but can support other communications such as Zigbee.

ThingSpace

Four pilots have been underway over the past year and commercial service was launched in July. Large scale deployment is expected in January 2016. (Image: EE Times/Jessica Lipsky)

The board also speaks to load control switches and dynamic response activities. Verizon also incorporated an interface to plug in an unlicensed 900MHz to "turn into a router gateway and speak to various devices through a common connection."

- Jessica Lipsky
??EE Times


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