High-Capacity Wireless Access Networks Using 920MHz Band for Wide-Area IoT/M2M Services

Kazunori AKABANE  Nobuaki MOCHIZUKI  Shigeru TERUHI  Mamoru KOBAYASHI  Shuichi YOSHINO  Masashi SHIMIZU  Kazuhiro UEHARA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E99-B   No.9   pp.1920-1929
Publication Date: 2016/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2016SNI0001
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Integration Technologies of Ambient Intelligence and Sensor Networks)
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Keyword: 
IoT/M2M wireless access networks,  920 MHz Band,  high-capacity protocol,  IoT/M2M services,  

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Summary: 
In the near future, many sensors and terminals will be connected to the public network to provide various convenient IoT/M2M services. In order to connect many sensors to the network efficiently, wireless communication systems in the 920MHz band are seen as attractive solutions. We are focusing on the 920MHz band to research and develop high-capacity protocols that can accommodate many terminals, and low power consumption technologies for battery-driven terminals. In this paper, we describe the following three concrete wireless systems that use our proposals. (1) A physical distribution pallet management system that can handle thousands of pallet-embedded sensors and a wireless module with a battery lifetime of about ten years. (2) Water leakage monitoring system for underground pipes by using sensors and a wireless module in each valve box. (3) A wide-area and high-capacity radio relay system for smart metering services like the reading of gas meters. The radio relay system can accommodate various sensors and terminals and has large potential for providing various IoT/M2M services in conjunction with smart metering services.