T-Mobile launches first US asset tracking over NB-IoT network

16 July 2019 | Laurence Doe

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T-Mobile for Business will sell the first asset tracking solution, Roambee BeeAware, on a Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network in the US.

The network operator’s next stage of development for the IoT market, built for America’s first NB-IoT network, is presented as a nationwide asset tracking option for companies wanting to deploy “hundreds, if not thousands” of “cost-effective” asset trackers.

T-Mobile stated that its NB-IoT network provides significant telecom-grade security advantages over technologies that operate on unlicensed airwaves such as LoRAWAN, BLE and RFID, among others.

“We’ve hit a sweet spot of value and security with Narrowband IoT that we think will really kickstart the growth of the asset tracking segment,” said Mike Katz, executive vice president of T-Mobile for Business. “This is great news for companies that need an asset tracking platform but it also marks a new era for T-Mobile for Business. We’re combining the Un-carrier approach, the strength of our sales team and the reach of our nationwide network to deliver unique solutions.”

Roambee’s BeeAware asset tracker can attach to shipments, pallets, or individual assets to provide item-level location and temperature monitoring indoors, in-transit, and outdoors—leveraging T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network.

“We’re enabling mass-market adoption of enterprise asset tracking,” commented Sanjay Sharma, CEO of Roambee. “Powered by Roambee’s purposefully built, capex-free sensor technology and asset tracking platform, this solution eliminates the four biggest barriers to enterprise IoT adoption: high cost, cumbersome setup, constant maintenance, and complex data security.

“Together with T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network and Roambee’s proven solutions that global companies have come to rely on, we’re here to make IoT asset tracking universally deployable on a large scale.”

T-Mobile US' networks may become more expansive as a merger between Sprint is on the cards if the US telco is able to sell off Boost Mobile, a California-based mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), as a condition for being allowed to do the deal.