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Why cellular IoT is the only option for wearable devices

December 03, 2018 / Ilan Reingold

The wearable device market has grown tremendously over the last six years, from just $750 million in 2012 to almost $6 billion today. Following their rollout out last year, LTE-M and NB-IoT networks have matured, with increasingly more markets adopting cellular IoT as the only true long-term option for connecting the vast majority of emerging applications. This is perhaps most evident in the wearable space where cellular has a clear advantage over alternative solutions. Let’s take a look at the key areas: Mobility and outdoor connectivity: Mobility and outdoor connectivity are paramount requirements for wearable devices, especially for GPS trackers and fitness monitors, which expect to be outdoors for extended periods. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth simply lack the range required, while non-cellular LPWAN technologies – such as LoRa and Sigfox – are not built to support mobility, being data networks operating in islands of coverage. Only cellular IoT provides the necessary range...