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PSM in NB-IoT Module - Energy Saving Option | Fibocom

PSM in NB-IoT is a popular feature with higher energy efficiency. Fibocom's N510 module is designed for large-scale IoT deployment with massive end devices.

Energy-saving option for NB-IoT module through PSM from Fibocom

NB-IoT PSM is a well-liked feature with improved energy efficiency. Fibocom N510 module is one of our NB IoT compatible devices intended for widespread end-user IoT usage.

One of the main aims of Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology is to prolong the battery life of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The cellular LPWAN technologies, NB-IoT (Cat-NB1 & Cat-NB2), LTE M,eDRX, and NB IoT PSM, all provide power-saving capabilities as a result. NB IoT PSM and Extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX) are two crucial power-saving features for NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies.

Using an intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) system is a sustainable decision for cities today and will have a significant impact on the quality of urban services, energy savings, operating cost savings, and enhancement of road safety. You can reduce your electricity usage by 30% by employing a certain NB-IoT technology.

NB-IoT PSM contribution to cellular technology advancement:

The development of NB-IoT technology makes it possible for devices to connect to wireless networks and achieve extensive interconnectivity. It gives the device more time during the active time phase to stop listening to the network. Being inaccessible for several seconds or more is acceptable for many IoT devices. When NB IoT PSM is used, the power consumption is reduced while the device is still reachable.

In terms of cost, service quality, and management, NB-IoT systems provide enormous advantages, and they represent a significant advancement towards a smarter, more connected city. Smart devices are best suited for Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), which is now categorized as a 5G technology and offers corporate advantages in wide deployment, power efficiency, reliability, and global reach. The NB-IoT PSM technology decreases power consumption and has low installation costs, which would lessen the financial burden of urban buildings.

Fibocom N510 compatibility with the NB IoT network:

The NB-IoT module N510 from Fibocom is created to provide an affordable wireless data transmission solution for situations that call for extensive IoT deployment with numerous end devices. Multiple network protocols are integrated within the NB-IoT N510 module, which supports the global frequency range. It supports eDRX, and PSM (low power consumption) mode, and it is available in LCC+LGA form factor, making it the perfect choice for IoT industrial applications with low power consumption and ultra-small size as their primary requirements. The N510 module from Fibocom can accommodate a variety of deployment needs for clients from around the world. The NB-IoT N510 module is currently widely employed in industries including smart metering, smart grids, smart agriculture, and smart cities.

Fibocom MA510 module application in the IoT sector:

A high-performance IoT module, the Fibocom MA510 module is fully compliant with 3GPP Release 14 and supports LTE Cat M1/Cat NB2/EGPRS in addition to 450 MHz. Additionally, the MA510 has a built-in GNSS and is compatible with the Fibocom LTE Cat M module 510 family, allowing customers to switch between technologies without having to change their hardware.

MA510 is appropriate for IoT sector applications such as asset monitoring, smart metering, smart parking, wearable devices, smart home, wireless POS, etc. Thanks to its tiny size and extremely low power consumption, rich set of internet protocols, industry-standard interfaces, and other advantages.

The deployment and management of Internet of Things (IoT) devices on a large scale will become a crucial for industrial advancements, which is why we at Fibocom have developed devices compatible with this network to provide new, cutting-edge technology. Such devices include the NB-IoT module N510 and MA510. With its NB IoT PSM feature, it saves power consumption while providing affordable wireless data transmission solutions for circumstances that call for extensive IoT deployment with many end devices.

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A More Intelligent Street Light System Empowered by Fibocom NB-IoT Modules

Under the splendid night view of the city, there are invisible huge energy consumption, labor and operating costs hidden behind the colorful street lights. Maintaining a highly efficient street light system is essential to urban service and the well-being of citizens. However, due to the large number of street lights, the efficiency of troubleshooting is extremely low and requires a lot of manpower for maintenance. Fortunately, the emergence of NB-IoT technology enables street lights to access the wireless network to achieve large-scale interconnection. The adoption of an intelligent IoT street light system is a sustainable choice for cities today and will be of great significance to the quality of urban services, energy saving, operating cost saving, and improvement of road safety.

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Intelligent Brightness Adjustment
Replacing traditional sodium lamps, the intelligent street lights use LED technology to provide lighting to the road. Working with light sensors installed on the lamp, these smart street lights are able to automatically detect the light level of the road and adjust the brightness of LED accordingly. An intelligent street light system also grants the government the ability to control light usage based on time periods or traffic density. With motion detectors embedded, the IoT street lights can be automatically dimmed when there is no traffic at midnight, and can be brightened when passengers or vehicles are detected. Current excessive street lighting that results in energy waste and increases in maintenance burden can be effectively avoided by automatically adapting street light usage based on demands. According to some field experiments conducted by smart city labs, switching to NB-IoT street light system can save 30% of electricity consumption. The intelligent conversion of light brightness is also remarkable in reducing light pollution as it can always maintain brightness at a comfortable level for people to avoid visual fatigue and dizziness due to excessive lighting.

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Automatic Reporting
The lack of automatic error reporting function of traditional street light system, which leads to low efficiency in troubleshooting, has imposed a great burden on maintenance. Empowered by NB-IoT technology, intelligent IoT street lights can perform automatic inspection and report error messages to the government with accurate locations. This series of automatic diagnosis and reporting operations can significantly reduce manual maintenance costs and enhance efficiency, allowing the government to perform timely repairs and provide a higher quality city lighting service. Meanwhile, embedded with NB-IoT modules, IoT street lights can share voltage, current, power consumption and lighting status periodically via the cellular networks with the central management system for statistical and management improvement purposes. Through smart software, these data can be visualized into an intuitive graphical report to compare the performance of street light service in different time periods and traffic zones. A better understanding of the city’s lighting performance can help the government better control urban expenditures while providing optimal services. Its capability to automatically inspect and diagnose street light malfunctions can save labor and operating costs by 60%.

NB-IoT Street Light System – A Big Step Toward a Smarter City
Intelligent NB-IoT street light system presents tremendous benefits from the perspectives of cost, service quality and management, and it marks a big step towards a smarter connected city. Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), which now has been classified as a 5G technology, is ideal for future smart street light scenarios considering its business benefits in power efficiency, wide deployment, reliability and global reach. With lower power consumption of NB-IoT technology, street lights can maintain a longer life while satisfying medium-low rate data transmission between the lights and the system. The low installation cost of NB-IoT technology will also alleviate the economic burden of urban construction.

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Fibocom’s NB-IoT module N510 is designed to offer an affordable wireless data transmission solution for scenarios that require large-scale IoT deployment with massive end devices. The NB-IoT N510 module supports the global frequency band and integrates multiple network protocols. It is available in LCC+LGA form factor and supports eDRX, PSM low power consumption mode, which is an ideal solution for IoT industry applications with low power consumption and ultra-small size as core requirements. With global certification, Fibocom’s N510 module is able to meet different deployment requirements of customers from all over the world. At present, the NB-IoT N510 module has been widely used in fields such as smart agriculture, smart cities, smart grids, smart metering and etc.

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