Telecom Italia’s new IoT network to benefit decentralized energy

Italian mobile operator Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has launched its new narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network in 5,000 municipalities across Italy and the technology is set to facilitate advances in decentralized energy.

The technology, which will be available to 75 percent of its 4G LTE network by the end of October, and fully rolled out by January 2018, will enable the commercial development of smart meters, the remote management of gas, water and electricity transmission and distribution networks, and also district heating and environmental management.
Last April, TIM carried out a field test on the first smart water meter capable of automatically sending meter readings via the live NB-IoT network. This test was carried out by Olivetti and SMAT (Societàƒ  Metropolitana Acque Torino), the water authority for the northern city of Turin.

The operator said that the network would help in contributing to the “development of a complete and evolved ecosystem, testing the chipsets and smart objects of the main players to guarantee the market full interoperability with its network and making the Open Lab in Turin available to all partners in the sector to integrate these devices and make Internet of Things objects smart”.

The NB-IoT Open Lab, which opened last November, has to date s involved 110 companies with 39 active collaborations, of which 12 validation activities have already been completed.

TIM said that it would work alongside Olevetti to develop a portfolio of IoT products and services that will be able to “fully exploit the speed and low latency of the LTE/5G networks, such as industrial automation or interconnection between cars and infrastructure, to enable the evolution towards autonomous driving scenarios”.

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