Examining Low Power Radio Networks' Role in IoT Development

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Examining Low Power Radio Networks' Role in IoT Development

Published: Tue 17 March 2015 | by Tracy Hopkins

As companies work to figure out the best ways to implement and utilize the next wave of IoT technologies, one thing has become increasingly clear: long-range, cost-effective communication will play an integral role in all future applications.

The challenge that designers and developers now face is figuring out how to develop devices that don't require a lot of energy that can be seamlessly connected.

The answer is the emerging low power, long range radio network technologies

As smart cities and home automation begin to expand the reach of the IoT, low power radio networks (LPRN) may make the most sense from both a financial and a technological standpoint. Given the high cost of cellular, LPRN can serve as a perfect alternative for connecting devices That may only need to send data once or twice a day or in the event if an exception. These devices require long battery life and long range, almost a 'fit and forget' scenario and are applicable to a myriad of applications for example parking, recycling bins, environmental sensors and resource monitoring.

Many different physical access technologies will be required for 'real world' IoT deployments; the smart cities of the future, disaster recovery, smart agriculture and farming. High bandwidth for CCTV, QoS for organization and transport, mobility for tracking, long battery life and coverage are some examples of the different connectivity requirements. There are a number of challenges involved in providing connectivity across many different physical access technologies most importantly a unified approach to managing all of the different connections. That's why connectivity management is a key piece to the puzzle.

As the IoT ecosystem expands, it's important for companies to have access to a trusted network of technology providers. With a connectivity management provider like Stream, customers are given complete control over all aspects of their connectivity. Along with TCP/IP based satellite connectivity, and local 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE, LPRN protocols like LoRa Weightless and solutions for bespoke verticals along with Wi-Fi will play a crucial role in IoT development.

The future of IoT devices burns bright, and LPRN will ensure that it's also efficient. Click here to read about Stream's new LPRN specialist, Tracy Hopkins.

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