Providing IoT Infrastructure and Smart Solutions using LoRaWAN
Tremendous amounts of things around the world such as water meters, gas meters, parking lots, waste bins, street lights, environment monitoring etc are being massively deployed in cities.
These things were not connected to the network in the past because of the limitations at the installation site. This is also applicable in rural areas, leaving vast farms and scattered cattle unconnected For connecting the Internet of Things (IoT) applications, LoRa is a widely used high security wireless technology developed to create the low-power; wide-area networks (LPWANs).
The LoRa modulation is the physical layer (PHY), and LoRaWAN is a data link (MAC) protocol for a high capacity long range and low power star network. The LoRaWAN protocol is optimized for long air transmission distance, low power consumption, high receiving sensitivity, low data rates, robust spectrum spreading, and secured encryption transmission. LoRaWAN is the strongest emerging standard for low powered star topology networks for IoT.
A strong IoT network on LoRaWAN can be build quickly and cost effectively, complementing the existing Fiber Grid network aiming to deliver Smart Solutions.
Majority of Smart Solutions that are envisaged as a part of the Digital India Initiative & Smart Cities are Sensor based. LoRaWAN’s potential for building an IoT network is extremely well suited to smart city requirements. The technology is already used in cities across Europe and the US and has proven to be reliable, secure and affordable at scale.
LoRaWAN uses the IoT to enable new services like smart parking, waste management, street lighting, air quality control, smart meters etc. Building on a dedicated long-range low power network for IoT, city authorities can connect numerous battery powered ‘things’ into a single network, enabling data collection from parking sensors, environment monitoring sensors, disaster precaution sensors, smart meters etc. The data is then fed to central system which makes recommendations to optimize city service management.
Why LoRa for IoT Network to build Smart Solutions?
The market potential of IoT in India alone is predicted to be $15 billion by 2020 (NASSCOM). India is one of the key markets for large-scale implementation of IoT projects with more than 100 smart city initiatives planned. The aim is to create a state-of-the-art network to enable seamless communication not just between humans but also machine-to-machine (M2M), and thereby machines to humans to support the smart solutions.
6Wresearch calculates that India’s IoT market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 28.2% in 2016-22, with Industrial IoT accounting for the most growth in sectors such as manufacturing, production and logistics