It may be early days for outdoor small cell development, but the demand has been there for quite some time. And, in the future, the demand will only continue to grow as beefier public and business devices become accustomed to the additional support that they bring. We can expect small cells to become a more ubiquitous part of the device ecosystem.
The original femtocell value proposition - the mobile subscriber pays to buy and install the femtocell at her home and also provides the backhaul using her ISP, to get better cell coverage that she's already paying for, is a bit flawed and it's not surprising that femtocells haven't taken the world by storm.
That said, smaller cells, and lots of them, will be needed to provide quality of service in densely populated environments. But carriers will probably have make the initial investment to pay for them.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.