What features does NB-IoT offer to localize assets?

  • As an alternative to today’s GPS NB-IoT will offer three additional localization features:

    • Cell ID,
    • Enhanced Cell ID (E-Cell ID) and
    • Triangulation (OTDOA).

    Cell ID is the least accurate feature (but still appropriate for some use cases). E-Cell ID relies on UE-assisted and network-based methods. Triangulation is the most accurate. These localization features are already included in the new version of the NB-IoT specification (3GPP Rel. 14), but it is too early to say when they will be implemented by device/network vendors and network operators.


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