Vodafone launches narrowband Internet of Things network

NB-IoT aims to meet need for low-power method of connecting thousands of devices

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten  with Vodafone Ireland chief executive Anne O’Leary: new network is designed to wirelessly connect millions of devices with low bandwidth requirements. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten with Vodafone Ireland chief executive Anne O’Leary: new network is designed to wirelessly connect millions of devices with low bandwidth requirements. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

 

Vodafone has launched Ireland’s a narrowband Internet of Things network,

The network is designed to wirelessly connect millions of devices that have low bandwidth requirements – such as smart parking bays with a sensor that could notify drivers where the nearest available free spot is available.

It could also see “smart” rubbish bins alerting the relevant local authority when they are full, reducing cost and improving city cleanliness.

Farmers could also use the network to monitor and track livestock in real time on a smartphone or tablet.

Vodafone Ireland chief executive Anne O’Leary said: “The evolution of the Internet of Things means that there is an urgent need for a low-power way to connect thousands of devices. NB-IoT fits the bill perfectly.”

* This article was amended on August 31st