We take care of areas where, for example, cellular or GPS are not the best alternatives, such as deep underground or deep inside buildings in remote areas. In addition to positioning, we offer a vast array of sensors and combine positioning data with sensor data.”
In one deployment of WiTTRA’s unified gateway, you have the possibility of 3D positioning in very tough environments, such as an underground mine in Finland. If that company wanted to install 5G three kilometers underground it may work, but the cost would be prohibitive. WiTTRA offers a solution at a fraction of the cost, and WiTTRA only works with network solutions based on open standards, helping make systems and applications more functional and interoperable, and reducing vendor lock-in for customers, which ensures the long-term viability of the technology investment – giving customers the freedom to choose.
“Many use cases can rely on cellular and GPS connectivity,” explains Håkan Dackefjörd, CCO Wittra. “We offer different options for different customers for different verticals. Mining, for example, has different needs and requirements than an electricity meter in a building. With an electricity meter, you don’t need to set up an infrastructure if you just want to measure usage – any IoT technology, such as NB-IoT is perfect for this. A customer in Germany working with recycling tried GPS and cellular, but when they tried our solution, we were 73% lower in TCO.”
It’s the remote areas, the hard-to-reach areas with tough conditions where the WiTTRA solution combines with cellular connectivity to give the customer the best result. Cellular connectivity comes into the picture in the unified gateway, which is where the Tele2 IoT SIM is installed.
“I think a combination of different IoT technologies is the future. Cellular connectivity offers a backhaul for our unified gateway,” says Håkan Dackefjörd. “But it’s also clear that cellular connectivity isn’t always the best answer in remote areas. Adding a SIM to every device can be too costly. It is important to remember that the total amount of data that we collect in our unified gateway has to be connected in some way or another up to the cloud. And that is where our customers see the benefit of working with us because we take care of all the data aggregation and make sure it gets to the customer’s cloud or end-user application.