Ericsson, China Mobile Group Shanghai Company and bike-sharing service Mobike joined forces to trial the latest cellular Internet of Things (IoT) technologies on a live network. The trial provided a more convenient and enhanced bike-sharing experience to Mobike users through new cellular IoT technologies.
Carried out on China Mobile Shanghai’s live network, the trial used Ericsson’s latest cellular IoT technologies to allow Mobike’s IoT-enabled bikes to be located more accurately and extend to areas that traditional coverage can hardly reach, such as underground parking lots.
Moving forward, the new technologies will also reduce the time to unlock the bikes and users will enjoy “open upon scanning” without waiting.
“China Mobile Shanghai is excited to be working with Ericsson to partner with innovative companies like Mobike and help build more new IoT applications,” said Gang Huang, Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Group Shanghai Company. “China Mobile is committed to IoT innovation by all, aiming to serve the public with the latest technologies anytime, anywhere, and for everything.”
“The latest cellular IoT technologies like CAT-M1 and NB-IoT will greatly enhance user experience in the future and will solve the existing challenges encountered by Mobike such as coverage in challenging locations,” said Zhongjie Yang, Vice President, Mobike. “We also expect Chinese operators to complete the nationwide deployment of cellular IoT as early as possible.”
“Ericsson is determined to drive the development and commercialization of the cellular IoT ecosystem, and in doing so, unleash the full potential of the Networked Society,” said Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson.
New cellular IoT technologies provide better coverage and faster response time with narrower bandwidth and fewer resources than cellular technology.
Compared to traditional cellular networks, it introduces energy-saving and deep-coverage features which enable five-to-seven-fold coverage improvements for operators in the same site environment. The battery life also extends to over ten years.
The successful trial marks an important step forward in the large-scale commercial deployment of cellular IoT in China. Software enhancements to mobile networks can ensure that the extensive footprint, high reliability, and security of cellular technology will be platform for IoT growth in smart cities, utilities and other industries.
The software enables support for millions of device connections in each mobile network cell site. It also introduces support for the new low-complexity IoT device category known as Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). NB-IoT continues to cut device cost up to 90% while improving on 10-plus years of battery life and extending coverage – delivering a 20 dB advantage over existing solutions.
These improvements enable operators to leverage their current LTE infrastructure to deliver a range of new IoT applications through a simple software upgrade.