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Wireless technologies are known to track things, share, and stream data in homes, offices, and public areas.
FREMONT, CA: There is not even a single platform where connectivity has not entered. Starting from home to work-life, commerce, industry, and transportation are all about connectivity these days. IoT has transformed industries over the past decade, and more wireless innovation is expected in 2020 and beyond.
WiFi 6 is the short-range wireless standard developed to enable a high density of devices embedded into the specification. Previous WiFi versions mainly focused on speed and performance. Think of WiFi 5 can be picturized as a bullet train where all data can move quickly, but there are no high-speed trains on the track at the same time.
The arrival of WiFi 6 will see an increase in the number of devices connected to a WiFi network, with reduced latency, longer battery life, and increased overall user experience. WiFi 6 chips have already started to the market, and quite several access-point manufacturers are releasing products compliant to the specification. Besides, most of the Smartphone manufacturers will add WiFi 6 to next-generation handsets. In contrast, connected-device manufacturers will comprise the new wireless technology in a range of IoT products from this year onwards.
Indoor location tracking isn't a practical option with GPS, as only outdoor locating GPS was only possible. Recently, device makers have taken initiatives to solve the problem of indoor location services, with a mix of technologies such as RFID and Bluetooth beacons, enabling precise location services.
Cellular technology is starting to move from smartphones into the IoT as a viable option for low-power wide-area-network (LPWAN) connectivity. LTE-M is a good option for LPWAN applications with integration of long battery life, LTE reliability, and low latency. LTE-M is also compatible with existing LTE networks and, in the future, will coexist with 5G technologies.
IoT device manufacturers now have many options to utilize LPWAN connectivity at lower costs, thereby making rapid improvement in developing an experience for long-range, low-data-rate, low-power applications.