Quectel’s NB-IoT Module Shines at 5th China International Water Meter Expo
Quectel Wireless Solutions, a leading global supplier of GSM/GPRS, UMTS/HSPA(+), LTE and GNSS modules headquartered in Shanghai, unveiled its latest BC95 CAT-NB1 module at the ongoing the 5th China International (Ningbo) Water Meter Expo 2016 in east China’s Zhejiang Province, which lasts from October 13 to 15.
The BC95 CAT-NB1 module, among the world’s first NB-IoT modules compliant with the 3GPP R13 standard, is expected to be applied in smart water meters. It will allow utility providers to read and collect consumption data from the meters remotely, and this will undoubtedly cut operating cost by eliminating periodic trips to read the data manually.
The module adopts LTE-based narrowband technology optimized for IoT. It is a Low Power Wide Area technology that enables the connections between IoT devices to be faster with wider range than the existing bluetooth and Wi-Fi approaches while at the same time being cheaper and consuming less power, according to Deng Jingxiong, Quectel’s NB-IoT product manager.
Quectel’s modules are able to operate constantly for up to 10 years after installation. Therefore, it is ideally suitable for water meters, which are usually hidden in humid environment without power connection, said Deng.
Deng added that the modules designed for smart metering are at low prices. This will absolutely help promote the popularization of smart meters in domestic market, and push the development of the whole industry.
It is reported that smart water meter only takes 15 percent of the Chinese market, indicating that the sector has a tremendous market potential. The devices are predicted to grow at an annual compound growth rate of more than 30 percent since 2016.
Quectel Wireless Solutions is a leading global supplier of GSM/GPRS, UMTS/HSPA/(+), LTE and GNSS modules. Leveraging Quectel’s strong R&D capabilities, comprehensive expertise, wide variety of high quality products and consistent philosophy of putting the customer’s demands at the forefront, Quectel has established itself as a reliable and trusted provider of wireless modules since its establishment. Quectel modules can be ideally suitable for any M2M applications from Telematics to Smart Metering, to Wireless POS, to Security, to mHealth, to Networking and other application fields.