BT is currently trialling a new wide-area network platform developed by Cambridge start-up Neul which will support machine-to-machine (M2M) data communication, in a bid to accelerate the 'Internet of Things' (IoT).
Dubbed NeulNET, based on the Weightless open standard, the networking technology includes both hardware and software necessary for the creation of prototype services for the IoT.
The hardware elements of the system include the NN2510 base station which can be mounted on street furniture, in addition to NT1001 terminal modules incorporating Iceni RF transceiver chip.
Designed for operation in licensed and unlicensed spectrum, the new technology offers two-way, managed communication with quality of service (QoS) for M2M devices and the IoT.
BT Mobile Strategy director and Wireless Cities Programme lead Mark Harrop said that the Internet of Things market has huge potential, but existing short-range and cellular networking technologies are unable to meet the requirements of many applications.
"A networking technology that can provide deep indoor coverage, last for many years from a single battery, is simple to use, and comes at the right price point is essential for realising the true potential of the IoT," Harrop said.
"The NeulNET solution promises to deliver on these requirements, and we're excited to be trailing this over the coming months."
Capable of working in both licensed (2G/3G/4G) and unlicensed spectrum (white spaces), the new system works across a variety of frequencies that allows service providers employ unlicensed spectrum or their own licensed spectrum as per their preference.
The system is designed to operate in both licensed spectrum (2G/3G/4G) and unlicensed spectrum (white spaces), and works across a variety of frequencies, meaning that service providers can choose how they want to deliver it.
Neul CEO Stan Boland said that the Internet of Things promises a world of new services, lower operating costs and more efficient systems and products which improve quality of life.
"To enable this, small, super-low cost Things need to communicate with services running in the cloud, often from underground or deep within buildings, and run for many years on a single battery,"
"Until now, network operators couldn't provide a data communications service to deliver on this promise.
"Our NeulNET system offers service providers a comprehensive solution, enabling them to grow their revenues by capitalising on the Internet of Things opportunity."