In this episode of the IoT For All Podcast, Dima Feldman of Altair Semiconductor joins us to talk about everything Cellular IoT, including its biggest advantages, challenges, and how we’ll likely see the role of cellular change in the near future.
As the VP of Product Management and Marketing at Altair Semiconductor, Dima is responsible for company product management, marketing, and solution architecture, and collaborates with customers and partners on innovative IoT solutions. Dima brings more than 20 years of experience in semiconductors and communication technologies and led systems engineering at Netline Communication Technologies before joining Altair.
To start the episode, Dima shared what cellular IoT actually is and how it differs from cellular technology most people think of – smartphones. Although cellular IoT devices and smartphones use essentially the same technology to connect and transfer data, there are some major differences in the requirements of the devices themselves. Because of the difference in the service they provide, while latency can be a big issue for smartphones, IoT devices are often more concerned with coverage.
Dima also spoke to some of the advantages of cellular IoT and where cellular really shines, as a connectivity option. “Cellular networks exist virtually anywhere people live,” Dima said, “if I need to connect a device, the network is there.” And it’s not terribly expensive, either. Besides its widespread availability, Dima said there are security benefits to taking your data off of a local network, as well. And for anything mobile? Cellular is an easy pick if your IoT solution is expected to move around.
Speaking to the future of cellular IoT, Dima shared that the supply chain and logistics space will likely see a big boost, especially as cellular options for IoT become cheaper. Dima also shared Altair’s own role in those changes, including their new iSIM, enabling a decreased power consumption, smaller size, and lower cost in enabling cellular connectivity.
Interested in connecting with Dima? Reach out to him on Linkedin!
About Altair Semiconductor: Altair was established back in 2015 and, soon after changed its focus to LTE, recognizing the market size. Altair focused on providing competitive and power-efficient solutions for different kinds of data devices and, after being acquired by Sony in 2016, focused on IoT technologies.
Key Questions and Topics from this Episode:
(01:26) Introduction to Dima Feldman
(02:04) Introduction to Altair
(03:07) What’s the difference between cellular devices and cellular IoT?
(06:19) Are cellular devices and IoT devices connecting in the same way?
(08:40) What are the benefits of cellular IoT? For what use cases does it work best?
(13:25) What are some of the biggest challenges in bringing a cellular IoT solution to market?
(16:27) What new use cases do you see in the future for cellular IoT?
(19:23) How will COVID-19 affect IoT and cellular IoT as a whole?
(21:45) How do you view the global readiness of IoT networks from a cellular perspective? What needs to be done?
(25:02) Do you foresee any impact to cellular IoT with the shutdown of 2G and 3G networks here in the states?
(26:10) What is Altair’s iSIM? How does it fit into the cellular IoT space?