En Route to 5G: Long-term Evolution (LTE) Enhancements for the Internet of Things (IoT) - Year Two
Cellular wireless communication has reached a level of coverage and reliability that it is considered a commodity. However, the dramatic increase in Internet traffic to and from wireless devices poses significant challenges for network operators. While the current growth of traffic is mostly due to consumers communicating more frequently and larger amounts of data over the wireless infrastructure, much of the future growth is predicted to come from non-human operated devices or so-called machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. M2M devices have mostly small amounts of data to communicate, but they will appear in massive numbers. This development is part of the vision of the "Internet of Things" that foresees Internet connectivity for almost everything we use in everyday life. The proposed project is a continuation of collaborative research between UBC and Sierra Wireless, a leader in the M2M space, with the objective to advance cellular wireless communication to support the IoT paradigm.