I recently had the pleasure of attending a two-day Hackathon at the Vodafone/Huawei (the world’s first) Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) open lab. The event was centred around the practical application of NB-IoT and how to leverage the technology to attain the somewhat figurative holy grail of battery performance for IoT devices – ten year plus battery life. Now, I am well aware that NB-IoT is more buzz word than anything else at the moment so let’s talk about what it actually is and its relevance given the state of IoT today before discussing the specific features of the technology that help to minimise power consumption.

The Internet of Things (IoT), in its essence, covers connecting a large number of devices (Things) to the internet (Internet). This is highly useful, as it gives devices on the ground access to the cloud, however it also exposes said devices to many threats and brings in more attack vectors to wherever the devices are installed. As a result, security should always go hand in hand when talking about IoT.

Perhaps one of the most exciting areas of IoT development is the smart city. Let's look at what that means and what the future might hold...

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has this to say about how it sees smart cities... “The effective integration of physical, digital and human systems in the built environment to deliver sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future for its citizens". That’s all good but let's add some substance to this. How is this integration going to help deliver sustainability, prosperity and inclusivity?