Industry Voices—Jarich: When do we move beyond cows, bikes and grapes for massive IoT commercialization?
After a few years of hype (can we call it pre-hype?), the past year has finally given us plenty of examples of LTE-M and NB-IoT in action. We’ve heard about connected cows, and the added value connectivity (and analytics) brings to their owners. We’ve heard about the way NB-IoT has enabled innovative, new bike sharing businesses. We’ve heard about yield improvement for super-premium grapes thanks to IoT-enabled irrigation optimization. Operators around the world looking to compete more effectively with low-cost LoRa or SigFox solutions rejoiced. Vendors looking to earn their piece of the IoT ecosystem spending did too.