The specialized educational and research laboratory of information technologies for the Internet of Things of the Institute of Information Technologies received developers kits of NB-IoT solutions from MTS PJSC. Starting with February 2021, this equipment will be used to train students in the Information Technologies of the Internet of Things course within the framework of the Samsung IT Academy project.
Each kit includes:
main board with STM32L152RE microcontroller, U-blox SARA-R410M-02B radio module, sensor set and (U) MFF2 NB-IoT SIM chip;
- expansion board with GNSS GPS / GLONASS module;
- ST-Link programmer, debugger for STM32 microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics;
- set of GPS and GLONASS antennas
- access to the platforms of PJSC MTS
- NB-IoT solution developer documentation kit
NB-IoT technology is a promising area for the development of the Internet of Things and is focused on creating systems with a large number of devices. Unlike existing solutions, it is provided by the telecom operator, which significantly reduces operational costs and deployment time. Its benefits also include:
high energy efficiency and long battery life without batteries replacement (up to 10 years);
- network coverage throughout the country;
- high noise immunity and improved signal penetration.
The NB-IoT networks are deployed on the basis of the existing LTE base stations, and in future, they will be expanded on the basis of this particular technology; one of the deployment scenarios for fifth-generation mobile communications (5G) networks - Massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC) - will be built. Since 2019, Russia has been actively creating such networks, and currently, there is a stable NB-IoT coverage in major populated centers. MTS PJSC is one of the leading mobile operators and one of the first to open these networks for commercial access.