Wireless + Mobile

  • Short-range wireless

    These are the ubiquitous wireless technologies which you use on a daily basis in your home, your car and office. Bluetooth, Xbee, WiFi, Z-Wave, NFC, RFID – just a few of the many short-range technologies which are now in everyday use. 

    The major characteristics of these wireless technologies are that they are inexpensive, physically small and low power (essential for battery powered objects). And depending on the type of technology, they have a range between a few centimetres up to several hundred metres.

    Each is suited to a particular type of niche. Sample applications for this class of technologies include Smart Homes, Industrial Automation, Inventory Management, Wearable Devices and Point-of-Sale payments.

    Short-range wireless technologies have been widely adopted by all sectors of government and commerce. So even if you are not using them yet, your competitors almost certainly are!

  • Cellular networks

    Cellular M2M services are offered by all of the major mobile network operators, such as Vodafone and EE. So customers which use M2M application enjoy all of the benefits of cellular networks, such as long range, security, quality of service and roaming.

    Many types of consumer and business applications require precisely these kind of features.  Insurance Telematics, Remote Healthcare, Wearable devices and Connected Cars are just examples of the kind of applications enabled by this technology.

    M2M services employ GSM, 3G or LTE-M over  cellular networks to collect data from end-devices. Customers benefit from a wide range of competitively priced cellular modem devices, offered  by vendors such as Telit and Sierra Wireless.

    The sector is poised for further growth. According to a recent forecast by GSMA intelligence, global cellular M2M connections will reach a figure of 1 billion by 2020. So if you are not already using M2M applications to improve the bottom line of your business, now would be a great moment to explore this option.

  • Low-power WAN for Internet of Things

    Cellular M2M technology does have a number of drawbacks. Hardware is relatively expensive and battery life is comparatively short. This makes it difficult to create a business case for certain types of sensor and tracking applications which need to deploy low-power sensors at a high density. In response to this need, a number of Low Power WAN (LPWAN) technologies have emerged over the last few years.  

    Perhaps the best know of these in the UK are Sigfox, Weightless and LoRa. All operate in unlicensed spectrum and are optimised to support applications which require long-range, low device cost, scalability and battery life of 10+ years. Examples would be Smart City monitoring applications (e.g. air quality), Smart Building monitoring (e.g. temperature), Smart Metering and non-real-time Asset Tracking services (e.g. pets). If fact, any kind of application in which sensors generate small amounts of data at infrequent intervals.

    At Astius, we provide support LoRa technology. In this respect, we are in good company, for industry giants such as HP, Cisco and IBM are influential backers of the open  LoRaWAN standard. So do get in touch if you would like to learn more about how your organisation could benefit from embracing this remarkable wireless technology.

  • Cellullar IoT

    In response to the rise in popularity of LPWAN technologies, the cellular industry has responded by developing its own competing solutions.

    • Cellular IoT there is a new proposed standard called NB-IoT, which has been designed from scratch to compete with LPWAN technologies. However, unlike Sigfox, Weightless and LoRa, cellular IoT will make use of existing mobile network infrastructure. Sample applications would be Smart City monitoring applications (e.g. air quality), Smart Building monitoring (e.g. temperature), Smart Metering, low-priority Asset Tracking.
    • Extended Coverage GSM (EC-GSM) : this technology has been championed by Ericsson, a leading player in the telecoms industry. It extends the range of existing GSM network and reduces power consumption. Sample applications include Wearables and Vehicle Tracking.

    As these technologies operate within  licensed spectrum over a cellular network, so you can expect a better quality of service.  But for that, you will certainly pay a premium.

  • Satellite

    Satellite communications can support a wide range of monitoring and tracking  applications. However, it is a relatively expensive technology, so it tends to be used in locations where there is no viable alternative. Sample applications include:

    • Monitoring remote assets: offshore facilities and unmanned sites in remote locations.
    • Energy and mining: companies have deployed satellite sensor networks to support their operations in remote areas.
    • Vehicle and Asset tracking: satellite communications plays an important role in both terrestial, aviation and maritime tracking.

    In summary, Satellite occupies a small but very important niche market for M2M / IoT applications.

  • Wireless is the Smart choice

    Make no mistake, wireless solutions are the smart choice for your organisation. They provide market-proven benefits to business and are a key foundation of the future Digital Enterprise.

    Having a team of wireless-savvy employees and business partners is a great idea! It will empower you to improve decision making processes and to create better customer experiences.

    So when planning your organisation's future strategy, think wireless. It's the key to unlocking fresh business opportunities now, as well as creating emerging opportunities in the 'Internet of Everything' arena.

  • Get creative with Wireless

    Whether it's Smart Homes or Smart Parking, wireless technologies allow you to tap into a whole new way of delivering services to customers. But as much as we love great technology, it's not the whole story.

    We bring creativity, imagination and a flair for innovation to the challenge, in order to bring your idea to life.
    Well-proven techniques such as Design Thinking and Service Design are a standard part of our toolkit.

    We firmly believe that the best way to prepare for the Wireless Future is to create it yourself. So get creative! And with a little bit of help from Astius, you can make your wireless dreams come true.