Industry: Smart Building

What is NB-IoT and Cat-M1? What’s the difference?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

These are two different cellular technologies that run on the cellular network. They’re both designed to be used for low-powered devices that have relatively low bandwidth requirements. So, in a…

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What is BLE?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a relatively short-range technology that is universal (works on the same frequency anywhere in the world), very accessible (every smart phone has BLE capability), and…

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What is Sigfox?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

Like LoRaWAN, it is also a long-range, low-power, low-bandwidth wireless communication technology. It is available worldwide, with some countries having outdoor coverage and some cities having indoor coverage. It’s always…

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What is LoRaWAN?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

LoRa stands for “long range,” so it the word literally means “long-range wide area network.” It is a low-power WAN modulation technique that uses license-free frequency bands to transmit small…

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What is a “time series database”? How is it different from a “regular” database?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

A time series database is specifically about being able to store the same information over time and then being able to quickly aggregate that information. This is very common in…

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What is a “microservice environment”? What makes it better for IoT?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

It is what Prism Core and Prism Edge are built on. It uses a software development model where instead of writing one giant program that performs a set of functions,…

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What is “edge computing” and when is it needed?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

Think about the “edge” as being the physical location of wherever the IoT solution is happening remotely. So, it’s not where the user is. It’s where the remote thing is….

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Is a long-term contract required?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

Not required, no. Typically, we sign a one-year, renewable contract. This works well for both parties. Some customers want longer contracts to lock in pricing, SLAs, or some other aspect…

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What ongoing costs of running an IoT solution should I plan for?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

Whether we host the application or you do, there is an operating cost which includes computer equipment, services, connectivity, support, updates, security patches, maintenance, backups, etc. After all, servers require…

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How long will it take to develop and deploy an IoT solution?

by ObjectSpectrum - Jul 13 2021

It depends, of course. A proof of concept can often be done in less than thirty days. Depending on the scope and complexity of a complete solution, it could run…

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