NB-IoT Intelligent Energy Management System Available Globally

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ZTE announces the general availability of its system that uses NB-IoT technologies for energy-saving and emission management.

Business man touching light of ideaMobile telecommunications services provider ZTE has announced its Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT)-based intelligent energy management system is now available globally.

The system, which has been running as a pilot program in China, was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress Shanghai last month. It uses IoT technologies and services for energy-saving and emission reduction management. It’s designed to enable enterprises to use its energy-saving control function to reduce consumption during research and production and after hours, when equipment sits idle but still uses power.

Reducing power consumption saves money

“The Intelligent Energy Management System can reduce power consumption and bring about significant savings to enterprises. With the installation of 50 energy-saving control terminals in a typical wireless base station test environment, up to 50,000 kilowatts of electricity can be saved every month through the centralized automatic shutdown of the terminals outside of office hours. This significantly reduces power consumption and emission reduction, bringing about more savings on energy use,” the company said in its announcement.

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Investment costs are lower and return-on-investment increased with the use of NB-IoT. The communication network features wider coverage with less construction time and ease of use. Traditionally, energy-saving control terminals could only be placed inside buildings due to the limitations of transmission technologies, but with ZTE’s built in chip module, the company claims high energy-consumption equipment, including drainage pumps, exhaust fans and high-power lights can now be controlled remotely.

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The module gives companies remote control and strategy customization, allowing users and IT departments to implement personalized management for each deployed device.

The company says that since the finalization of the NB-IoT standards in June 2016, it is first vendor to rollout demonstration of NB-IoT proof of concept networks.

Pricing information was not available.

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