Glen Almendinger of Harbor Research has been following the Internet of Things / M2M / Pervasive Internet space for years. Much of the original intent was to use cellular technology as the broadband. That probably held things back a little, since in the early days cellular service was seen as unreliable. That service is improving, though, and here are some of his thoughts on CDMA technology and the IoT.

The overwhelming potential for the Internet of Things (IoT) requires that elements like basic enablement, network connectivity, middleware services, value-added services, and other device management functions are properly functioning and well-aligned. It’s not until these elements are in place that new modes of asset intelligence, collaboration, and decision-making will be enabled.

As we head down this path, devices will shift from being ‘simple’ to becoming connected and ‘smart’ – and thereby enabling a new host of machine-to-machine (M2M) services. With its high security levels, network longevity, ubiquitous coverage, high bandwidth, spectral efficiency, low latency, energy efficiency, and “always-on” connectivity, one cellular technology is particularly well-suited to make this transition: CDMA2000.

Since its initial development in 1985, CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology has continually evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the CDMA ecosystem. Today, CDMA technology is available in 121 countries and territories and with its global reach and reliable reputation, it is no surprise that CDMA2000 technologies and networks have become the go-to choice for companies offering M2M products and services. From consumer telematics and e-health, to connected homes and remote monitoring opportunities, OEMs and service providers are able to provide a host of new services – and recognize a host of benefits – enabled by CDMA2000 technology.

“As the market opportunity for connected devices and services continues to grow, CDMA technologies offer significant benefits for delivering M2M services and applications. Technical advancements such as CDMA2000 1X Rev. F enable operators to provide their M2M partners more optimized service delivery through increased data rates, decreased connection times and lower power consumption. Even as much attention is focused on 4G deployments, operators will maintain their CDMA networks for many years to come in support of their M2M customers,” said Perry LaForge, founder and executive director of the CDG.

This new paper from Harbor Research explores the application opportunities, technology requirements and business benefits arising from M2M communication and provides a range of case studies from companies that have leveraged CDMA2000 technologies to increase sales, reduce costs and improve the customer experience.

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