At the end of September, after the pandemic shutdown, our first business trip was to the 450 Alliance's annual conference, which 450 Connect, the operator of the 450 MHZ network in Germany, played a major role in bringing about. We took no risks; it was a flawless meeting in terms of both technical information and business results.
Intelliport was also a speaker this year, where we presented our 450MHz solutions, strategy and innovations with a focus on the utility sector. We explained why we are prioritising the utility sector and why we believe LPWA technology is the most optimal solution for LTE450.We presented our latest devices (IPS-530 Water meter gateway, IPS 239-...) and reported on our successful international (German, Malaysian, American) test results in pilot and POC phases. We reassured the service providers present that we consider the diversity of the 450 ecosystems as important and that, if necessary, knowledge transfer/ development support for the communication module of the electric meters is a feasible way to achieve this. Finally, we reported on our partnership with Cisco Head Start and presented our upcoming joint development.
The presentations of the other speakers were also interesting and remarkable.
- 450 Connect is currently deploying an LTE450 network to serve critical infrastructure.
- E.ON Westenergie reported on several aspects of the digitisation of utilities, as well as applications and plans for the German LTE450 network.
- Ericsson has announced to the 450 MHz Alliance members and to wider industry that it will be adding two new radios to its ERS base station radio portfolio – which today supports 450 MHz (B31/72) amongst other bands. The two new radios will address the 410 MHz (Band 87) and 700 MHz (Band 68/28) spectrum bands. They are both planned to be released in 1H 2022. Further details will be available in due course.
- Telit has announced adding B87 and B88 support to its ME310G1-W2 LTE-M / NB-IoT module. This announcement follows the recent momentum and growing customer demand in many markets such as Ireland, UK, Czech Republic, Brazil, Argentina and more.
- Hitachi ABB Power Grids presented the view on the challenges that the utilities face today and how wireless communication in the lower frequency bands can address them in the power grid area.
- GE showcased how the industrial critical infrastructures needs can be met by secure wireless communication and how the GE’s product portfolio can serve these needs within the 450 MHz and 410 MHz spectrum.
In addition to the many carriers, the event was graced by the presence of representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), who shared their views on the national spectrum strategy in Saudi Arabia, with a particular focus on the 410-470 MHz bands.
Intelliport will be there again next year, not to be missed!
Source : https://450alliance.org/events/