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u-blox demonstrates the benefits of NB-IoT technology with various companies at Mobile World Congress


u-blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, is collaborating with Vodafone and many different companies across the IoT ecosystem to demonstrate the power of Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology at Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry’s premier event, held in Barcelona on 27 February – 2 March 2017 (

Each listed demo will run on a u-blox SARA-N2 NB-IoT module to illustrate various use cases of NB-IoT. Announced in June 2016, SARA-N2 was the world’s first cellular radio module compliant to the 3GPP Release 13, NB-IoT (LTE Cat NB1) standard, a new Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology for applications that require small amounts of data, over long periods, in hard to reach places. SARA-N2 supports wide geographic coverage and 10+ years of battery life on a primary single-cell battery, thus reducing deployment and maintenance costs. Based on u-blox’s very small SARA form factor, it offers easy migration between u-blox GSM, HSPA and CDMA modules, while enabling future-proof, seamless mechanical scalability across technologies.

Representative examples of what to see and where:

  Company Application Location
1 Accent Systems: – Real time geolocation of luggage and pallets. ·         CS50 Congress Square Catalonia Pavillion; B39.


2 Accenture: – The Accenture IoT Device Platform, containing the u-blox NB-IoT module, enables the rapid prototyping and development of IoT use cases. ·         Contact Phil Vann at the Accenture booth, Hall 2, 2H20. Also Vodafone booth Hall 6, B30.


3 HappyOrNot®: – NB-IoT Smiley Terminal™ and customer experience data analytics. ·         Hall 6, B30; GSMA Innovation City’s Connected Living programme, Hall 4; FIRA main entrance.


4 Pessl: – Holistic Farm Management with IoT. ·         Hall 6, B30.


5 TST Sistemas: – Waste container management. ·         Hall 6, B30.


6 Vodafone Automotive: – Tracking. ·         Hall 6, B30.


7 Webthings: – Bus route passenger counting.  Environmental sensors (gases, air quality, temperature, humidity). ·         Hall 6, B30.


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