Press release -
The mobile network of things gets even better
(Fornebu, 27. November 2018) Thanks to Telenor’s new mobile network for the Internet of Things (IoT), a small tag from the tech company Oss Norge can tell you everything you need to know about your electricity use. Today, Telenor is launching the LTE-M communication technology, making it the first Nordic operator to offer a comprehensive, nationwide mobile network optimised for your appliances.
In September, Telenor expanded its 4G network to cover the Internet of Things (IoT), which has enabled ‘things’ to communicate via Telenor’s existing mobile network. Today, the network is being strengthened thanks to a new communication technology: LTE-M. Telenor has already signed contracts with several companies who will use the new technology, including Oss Norge and Flowbird.
‘We have had a long succession of companies approaching us wanting to use IoT on 4G. Optimising our existing 4G network for the Internet of Things opens up a plethora of opportunities. It’s exciting to be able to offer and discover specific solutions to real challenges,’ says Ove Fredheim, CMO Business at Telenor Norway.
Provides insight into electricity use
The new communication technology means that objects are able to send more data quicker, even when located in places with poor coverage. The tech company Oss is one of the first companies to make use of this new technology. They have developed a tag, which thanks to LTE-M is able to provide its users with insight into and an overview of their own electricity use.
‘Before the end of 2018, every Norwegian household will have received a new smart electricity meter. These electricity meters will collect large volumes of data about your electricity use, which will be sent to the power companies. The Oss tag provides you with easy access to this data so that you, the consumer, can also track what uses the most electricity in your own home. The tag is connected to the fusebox and sends the data to the Oss app, which interprets and translates the information so that it is comprehensible. LTE-M ensures we have rapid data transfers and that the tag is always online, even if it is located in the basement or somewhere else with poor coverage,’ says Janne Blaasvær, Marketing Manager at Oss.
The technology is currently being rolled out to the first 500 test users, and 100,000 tags are scheduled to be delivered over the next 3 years - if not more.
Norway the first country
Another company that is ready to start using LTE-M is the French firm Flowbird. They supply parking meters that can measure air pollution and noise, provide statistics about the traffic situation, and help motorists to find and pay for parking spaces via an app.
‘Thanks to Telenor’s new IoT network, we are finally able to test our product and service properly. The first tests are taking place in Norway before we roll out in multiple countries,’ says Egon Bjune, CEO of Flowbird Norway.
Different technologies for different purposes
The new mobile network for the Internet of Things consists of two new communication technologies: NarrowBand IoT and LTE-M. NarrowBand IoT provides excellent, penetrating coverage and is ideal for things that run on batteries and only occasionally send data via the network. This means the battery lifetime can last up to 10 years. LTE-M has several qualities in common, but can send more data quicker, making it well-suited to sensors that are in motion or that send data more frequently.
‘As the market leader in IoT in Norway, it’s crucial to use that we remain ahead of our customers’ needs. It is therefore particularly gratifying to be the first operator in the Nordic region to offer a full, nationwide network for the Internet of Things with coverage of more than 99 per cent of the population and up to 81 per cent of the land area. We currently have approximately 1.3 million devices connected to 2G and 3G. In the long-term, these will all transition to LTE-M, says Ove Fredheim, CMO Business at Telenor Norway.
Oss Norge AS
Oss has developed a new technology that enables information from your new, automated electricity meter to be easily made available to you. The Oss tags help you to retrieve information from the electricity meter, and the Oss app translates and interprets this data for you. Both the hardware and software were developed and are produced domestically in Norway.
The Cale group was established in 1955, and is currently part of Flowbird following its merger with French firm Parkeon in 2018.Flowbird produces and supplies its own smart city parking meters, mobile applications, and electronic parking solutions with cameras to gather statistics about city centre traffic. All parking meters have a top hat/measuring station for meters that measure NOX/CO2/noise. Flowbird offers its own app that helps motorists to find empty parking space, and also enables them to reserve a space in parking garages. Payment is made via Vipps in combination with a dedicated payment app.
Telenor Norge AS is Norway's largest provider of telecommunications and digital services. Our infrastructure is the foundation for digitising Norway, with its world-class coverage and high speeds. Our services and products contribute to increased productivity and provide access to everything that the digital world has to offer. Our services and products help to improve productivity and provide access to all digital content. Our security and preparedness organisation works around the clock to keep our customers safe, and we are particularly aware of our social responsibility to provide security and safety for children and young people online.
We employ 3400 people in 23 offices across Norway and we are a part of the Telenor Group, which has operations in 12 countries. Our main office is located on Fornebu in Baerum.