Cellular Technology + IoT

Cellular remote monitoring and asset tracking applications have proven to be cost-effective game changers.

By leveraging public cellular networks, you can monitor assets on the move and also eliminate the cost associated with building out and managing your own wired infrastructure.

IoT Cellular Technology

MultiTech is committed to supporting the growth and development of the Industrial Internet of Things in order to enable your smart, connected products and services –and has been for more than 50 years. Our products connect you to your assets, leveraging proven, standards-based sensor and communications technologies and open architectures to bring systems and processes into the future. We provide expert technical support and partner with customers to overcome IoT integration challenges with off-the-shelf and custom products tailored to meet your unique needs.

Cellular IoT Solutions

Our cellular IoT products are designed to ensure the quickest route to market based on your needs, programming capabilities, preferred use of resources and business focus, in order to deliver a faster return on investment and lower total cost of ownership. Read more about LTE connectivity.

Data Speeds

With mission-critical applications, the availability and reliability of your connections are critical – which is why we offer a range of LTE devices to leverage existing LTE networks worldwide.

However, many IoT and M2M applications don’t require the bandwidth of LTE Categories 4 and above. When only sending a small amount of data, the global carrier community deploys low-power, wide area (LPWA) network technologies including LTE Cat-M and NB-IoT. MultiTech is in lock step with the carriers, offering a range of devices leveraging LPWA network technologies to provide the perfect fit for your application.

Cellular Technologies Data Speeds Table

Feature LTE Cat 4 LTE Cat 1 eMTC (LTE Cat M1) NB-IoT
Mobility Yes Yes Yes No
Rx Bandwidth 20 MHz 20 MHz 1.08 MHz 180 KHz
Max Data Rate 50 Mbps UL. 150 Mbps DL 5 Mbps UL. 10 Mbps DL 1 Mbps UL/DL 20 Kbps UL (Single Tone) 50 Kbps DL
Max Output Power 23 dBm 23 dBm 23 or 60 dBm 23 or 60 dBm
Link Budget 140 dB+ 140 dB+ 155.7 dB+ on DL 164 dB standalone
Communications Channel Full Duplex Full Duplex Half Duplex Half Duplex
Power Efficiency Low Low Medium High
Antennas 2 2 (1 with waiver) 1 1

Industrial Cellular IoT Technology Considerations

Cellular operators are making network changes that are important to be aware of including:

  • Voluntarily shutting down their 2G and 3G networks and offering new technologies
  • Moving M2M/IoT customers to upgrade their connected devices
  • Looking to variants of LTE and 5G to provide IoT cellular technology solutions

MultiTech provides devices that leverage the latest in industrial IoT cellular technology to address the needs of today’s most important applications. Our team is facilitating the transition from legacy network technology to the network technology that promises to carry applications through the next 20 years.