NB-IoT & location tracking

  • Deutsche Telekom IoT

    Hi IoT friends!

    A frequently asked question is the possibility to provide location services for NB-IoT to avoid the necessity of GPS. (Since GPS is reducing the battery life).

    There are several ways to provide NB-IoT location services. And there are also several use cases which require location services.

    I’d like to learn more about how our users want to apply location services.


    • To track your devices
    • To see if your device is moving
    • To get a notification if your device has moves

    Would you like to share here what you want to use location services for? Please also tell us more about the accuracy and if you need the information real time, a couple of times per day, every 5 minutes etc.


  • Our products are used mostly as remote reading units on gas, water, electricity meters, with stable position, transmitting normally 1 message/day. But some clients are asking to receive alarm message when somebody will try to remove our unit from measuring point = demand to built-in accelerometers or something like that = decrease of battery life. In next 2 years we could speak about 5.000+ new units in service.

  • Deutsche Telekom IoT

    Thanks for sharing your use case! It’s really helpful.
    We will gather some more feedback this month and then we will announce some next steps at the end of september!

  • @afzal_m We will be deploying our water flow sensing stations at multiple locations. Sometimes they will be moved, so it would be nice to know where they are. Accuracy should be within some 10th of meters, and a daily update would be sufficient.

  • We will use our devices for various stationary applications. However, in most cases we send the devices to customers who then are responsible for deployment themselves. We expect cases where customers ask us if we know where the devices are located because of shipping mishaps or gaps in deployment documentation. For these cases, a cell tower ID based location would be the least we should be able to tell the customer. Also, a shipping history based on that precision level will be helpful. The built-in sensors will be able to tell us, when a device has been moved or gone through a change in environmental conditions.

Log in to reply