Canadian Researchers Develop Efficient Method To Counter Future IoT Deployment Issues


The latest development is based on high bandwidth mmWave technology

Deployment of over 75 billion IoT devices by 2025 can give rise to issues relating to increasing requirements of wireless networks. Contemporary WiFi and cellular networks are slow and do not have the ability to handle IoT devices on a large scale.

With this in mind, researchers from the University of Waterloo, Canada have developed a method for IoT devices to receive high-speed wireless connectivity. The method is cheap and highly efficient.

Usage of mmWave

Millimetre-wave (mmWave) is a network spectrum having bands between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. That is a bandwidth of more than 200 times than what today’s WiFi and cellular networks use.

However, the hardware required to implement mmWave is quite expensive and consumes a lot of power. This is a setback for the many IoT applications (that are designed to run on low power).

For tackling this problem, Omid Abari, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo said, “To address the existing challenges in exploiting mmWave for IoT applications, we created a novel mmWave network called mmX.”

He further added that mmX comes with a high bitrate, significantly reduces cost and power consumption of mmWave network. Thus, all of this enables the new network to be used in IoT applications.

Ali Abedi, researcher, University of Waterloo said, “mmX will not only improve our WiFi and wireless experience, as we will receive much faster internet connectivity for all IoT devices, but it can also be used in applications such as virtual reality, autonomous cars, data centres and wireless cellular networks.”

The development was presented at ACM SIGCOMM 2019 conference in China.