It seems a widely-held opinion that Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks - and in particular LoRa - look set to take the IoT world by storm. This could be just as well, given the predicted huge number of IoT sensors and devices that will be connected over the next few years and the resulting 'data tsunami'.
The value generated across the IoT sector is likely to be enormous for those positioned with the right solutions and services in place, but with LoRa happening so quickly, the most agile players are likely to reap substantial rewards.
Stream Technologies believes that it is one of these agile players. Its IoT-X connectivity enablement and billing platform, is already attracting substantial interest around the world. Initially developed for Stream's own internal management of SIM lifecycles, it was then later made available to MNOs, with Caribbean operator Digicel being the first user.
Stream says that IoT-X is fast becoming established as a leading LPWA subscription management platform, particularly given that IoT-X's functionality has now been extended to include a LoRa WAN Network Server. In the process of developing the platform for wider application, Stream claims that it has also addressed a number of other IoT related issues around Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
Finally, Stream says that its platform enables cellular operators in M2M/IoT to quickly extend their wireless services to include LPWA. As for other innovative entrants into the market looking to exploit LPWA, Stream is now inviting these players to test-run their solutions and services at the company's new LPWAN incubator and demonstrator facility in Scotland.
Intrigued, IoT Now spoke to Nigel Chadwick, its founder and CEO.