Gemalto and Huawei have joined hands to develop a mass market solution based on NarrowBand IoT (NB IoT) to help device manufacturers meet a growing demand for long-lasting low-power IoT modules.

Gemalto and Huawei’s semiconductor arm, HiSilicon – are working together to develop the next generation of modules that combine an extra level of security and consume very low power. By combining the expertise from both companies, these NB IoT modules will help manufacturers reduce the cost and size of their devices, and lengthen the battery life of the devices to up to ten years.

NB IoT has been developed to address lower bit rates and lower cost segments, and works virtually anywhere. It offers ultra-low power consumption enabling devices to be battery operated for periods of up to 10 years. Applications include smart parking sensors, intruder and fire alarms, personal healthcare appliances, tracking devices, and street lamps to name a few. According to ABI Research, NB IoT modules connecting objects to networks are forecast to represent over 20 percent of all cellular shipments by 2021. – Communications Today Bureau