A field demonstration for always-on IoT appliances using Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) in a commercial setting is scheduled this month in Osaka, Japan.
The demo will be using the high-security Non-IP Data Delivery (NIDD) technology, which has been pilot tested by Softbank Corp. in a commercial environment in September 2018.
According to Softbank, the technology has been newly defined in the 3GPP*2 for NB-IoT, the LTE communication standard for IoT devices.
Softbank’s partner in the Osaka demonstration is 100-year-old appliance manufacturer Panasonic, which has started offering IoT appliances that can be linked to smartphones and web services.
It has also been seen is promoting the verification of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) wireless technology, which enables the use of cloud computing in homes without an internet connection simply by turning on products.
The two companies said that during the field demonstration in Osaka, Softbank “will conduct a verification of the NB-IoT LTE communication standard using NIDD, which allows data communication without allocating an IP address to an IoT device.”
“This will enable the development of a high-security network for IoT appliances. Through the elimination of the data, such as header information additionally required in conventional data communication, NIDD can reduce the power required for communication and help the battery last longer, as well as allow broader area coverage,” Softbank said in a news release.
Panasonic, which celebrated its 100th founding anniversary this year, has been exploring new ways to transform the company from a consumer electronics company and has identified IoT and Robotics as a key component of its R&D agenda in the next 10 years.