Softbank has succeeded in completing the world’s first connection test in a commercial environment for NIDD which has been defined in the 3GPP for NB-IoT.
Softbank Corp announced it has succeeded in completing the world’s first connection test in a commercial environment for NIDD (Non-IP Data Delivery), which has been defined in the 3GPP for NB-IoT. NB-IoT is considered the LTE communication standard for IoT devices. The company now plans to recruit service providers and begin experimental services in commercial environments.
NIDD technology allows users to send data to IoT devices without the need for an IP address. This reduces the risk of malicious attacks, making a highly secure network possible. It also reduces power usage and extends battery while allowing the devices to cover larger areas. NIDD can enable service providers to create IoT platforms with strong security from end to end.
“We expect that NIDD technology to reduce communication load for IoT devices and enables to accelerate utilization in IoT field especially for those who had difficulty in conventional condition. As NIDD technology corresponds to open standards, it can easily connect to Microsoft Azure IoT platform and enable to implement data management, view and AI features. SoftBank and Microsoft Japan will continuously contribute to accelerating IoT technology utilization in every industry,” said Akira Sakakibara, CTO at Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd. and President of Microsoft Development Co., Ltd.
Softbank says the introduction of NIDD technology along with Category MI and conventional NB-IoT will allow it to introduce and commercialize devices customized for various industries including as crime prevention, social infrastructure, and agriculture that will take advantage of its low power consumption, high coverage and strong security.
“We are pleased to work closely with SoftBank in taking advantage of the latest LTE technologies to help enable the creation of innovative IoT products and services, using Qualcomm Technologies’ modem leadership combined with SoftBank’s IoT network,” Vieri Vanghi, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. said.