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Cellular and LPWAN Location Technologies

Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers and mobile network operators are looking at alternatives to GPS to provide wide area positioning. Device manufacturers seek to leverage the benefits of reduced battery consumption and availability of location information indoors, while MNOs look to provide an additional value added services as part of their IoT offerings. Cellular location as a service will enable carriers to monetize this data and provide new services in the future including intelligent traffic management and a sharing economy. The value proposition of IoT devices can also be increased by providing real-time location information combined with traditional sensor information.

 

This report provides an in-depth comparison of wide area networks (WAN) technologies including LTE, NB-IoT, Sigfox, and LoRa and how they can be used for geolocation purposes to address different use cases including asset tracking, people and pet tracking, fleet management, autonomous vehicles, UAVs, location-based cloud services, smart manufacturing, and smart bicycles. The competitive landscape is also assessed for wide area network positioning, with company profiles from key players within the value chain. This includes IC vendors, module vendors, and carrier location platform providers. A number of carrier initiatives are also discussed, providing the reader with a guide to what major players are doing to address the various use cases and technologies presented in the report.

 

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 2. THE EVOLUTION OF CELLULAR POSITIONING METHODS
    • 2.1. Future 5G Networks Will Enable Huge Amounts of Location-Based Services and Applications
    • 2.2. Network-Based Solutions
    • 2.3. UE-Based Solutions
  • 3. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES
    • 3.1. Asset and Goods Tracking
    • 3.2. UAVs and Connected Robotics
    • 3.3. People and Pet Tracking
    • 3.4. Location-Based Cloud Services
    • 3.5. Fleet Management
    • 3.6. Smart Manufacturing
    • 3.7. Autonomous Vehicles
    • 3.8. Smart Bicycles
  • 4. THREATS AND WEAKNESSES
    • 4.1. Data Charges
    • 4.2. User Consent and Government Surveillance
  • 5. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
    • 5.1. IC Vendors
    • 5.2. Module Vendors
    • 5.3. Carrier Location Platform Providers
  • 6. CURRENT CARRIER INITIATIVES
    • 6.1. AT&T
    • 6.2. Verizon
    • 6.3. Orange
    • 6.4. Vodafone
    • 6.5. SK Telecom
  • 7. TECHNOLOGY COMPARISON
    • 7.1. NB-IoT
    • 7.2. LTE CAT-M
    • 7.3. Unlicensed LPWAN
  • 8. MARKET FORECASTS
    • 8.1. Cellular and LPWAN Connections by Use Case
    • 8.2. UAV Shipments by Connectivity
    • 8.3. Asset Tracking Connections by Connectivity
    • 8.4. Fleet Management Connections by Connectivity
    • 8.5. People and Pet Tracking Connections by Connectivity
    • 8.6. Industrial IoT/Smart Manufacturing Connections by Connectivity
  • 9. VALUE OF WAN POSITIONING TO MOBILE OPERATORS
    • 9.1. WAN Positioning Operator Business Model
    • 9.2. Sharing Economy
  • 10. CONCLUSIONS