The inundation of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices has increased the complexity of the wireless networks. Research estimates 75 million IoT devices to come into the picture by 2025. This number in itself explains the need for an efficient method for wireless connectivity. Presence of numerous low-power IoT devices further exacerbates the problem. Although the world sees 5G network as the future of wireless connectivity, it may not meet the current connectivity needs.
The mmX Network to Address the Challenges in mmWave Technology
In order to tackle connectivity challenges, researchers from the University of Waterloo have devised an efficient method for IoT devices to receive high-speed wireless network. They have developed a new technology called the “millimeter wave (mmWave)” offering a bandwidth 200 times that assigned to current cellular networks.
Omid Abari, an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo said that they developed a new network for mmWave called the mmX. He further said that this network overcomes the challenges in using mmWave for IoT applications. Moreover, it also tackles the issues of power consumption and cost. It is highly compatible with IoT devices as it provides considerably high bitrate as opposed to Bluetooth and WiFi.
The mmWave technology has not only revolutionized the space of wireless networks but has substantially reduced the energy requirement. When evaluated in the context of low-power IoT devices, the mmX network helps the mmWave technology meet required wireless connectivity needs. Ali Abedi, a postdoctoral candidate at the Cheriton School of Computer Science said that mmX also finds applications in data centers, virtual reality, and autonomous cars. The autonomous cars industry has highly benefitted through mmX as it helps in achieving reliable wireless sensors.