As a move towards the use of Internet of Things (IoT), R&D division of EDF is going to explore low power wide area (LPWA) wireless technologies. Joint effort incorporating Nokia TestHub services is among the industry’s most comprehensive testing to date using IoT devices for industries
The project aims to test the performance of LPWA in providing safe and secure connections with potentially millions of sensors and other devices.
Nokia will be EDF R&D’s exclusive partner for this effort. The two companies will engage in a comprehensive testing regime through Nokia TestHub services.
The testing will compare IoT technologies recently standardised by the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP) – including NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-Machine (LTE-M) – with other emerging, largely unlicensed IoT technologies.
Stéphane Tanguy, head of IT Systems, EDF R&D, said, “Many use cases can be enabled by IoT technologies in various businesses from power generation to marketing. The cellular IoT technologies (LTE-M and NB-IOT) are two major technologies that we have decided to test with Nokia, which provides us with a very interesting test environment and valuable expertise to carry out these evaluations.”
Matthieu Bourguignon, head of Global Enterprise and Public Sector, Europe, for Nokia, said, “The use of IoT devices in industrial networks is in its infancy, and, it is critical that our customers can evaluate now the various technologies before making substantial investments. Nokia’s Device Testing Lab, staffed by some of the most experienced wireless networking experts in the industry, will make it much easier for EDF to evaluate the performance of LPWA against other emerging technologies and reduce the risk of future deployments.”
This agreement highlights the progress of Nokia’s strategy of expanding its customer base outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company’s diversification efforts. Read more…