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The Sunday Brief: Three up and comers

Greetings from Charlotte/Davidson, Norfolk/ Virginia Beach, Washington DC/ N Virginia, and Dallas/ Ft. Worth (picture is yours truly with Federated Wireless BoD member Tim McDonald).  This week’s TSB will focus on several start-ups that we think deserve attention.  We will also have several TSB...

Analyst Angle Webinar: LP-WAN vs. Cellular Connectivity for Intelligent Buildings

As buildings become smarter, the need to propagate signals will be challenged by a myriad of factors including the age of the building, the materials used in construction, the needs of a potentially diverse tenant base, and physical location just to name a few....

Analyst Angle Report: LP-WAN vs. Cellular Connectivity for Intelligent Buildings

As buildings become smarter, the need to propagate signals will be challenged by a myriad of factors including the age of the building, the materials used in construction, the needs of a potentially diverse tenant base, and physical location just to name a few....

ZTE launches new smart street solution

The LPWAN solution uses IoT, cloud computing and big data technologies. ZTE announced its new smart street solution, dubbed “Smart Street 2.0. The solution was unveiled at the CeBIT exposition in Hannover, Germany, and is the second generation of ZTE’s low-powered wide area network solution...

BlueCats enables mobile operator’s connected city solution

Mobile network and LPWAN infrastructure operators expect to play a major role in tomorrow’s “smart cities,” and they are learning that their networks can be even more effective when paired with other wireless technologies. In one major U.S. city, a Tier 1 operator is...

Sigfox secures new funding, eyes rapid network expansion

Sigfox announced earlier this month it is closing a $160 million (150 million euros) funding round it intends to use on expansion of its low power wide area network. Companies including Salesforce, Total, Henri Seydoux, Alto Invest, Swen CP and Tamer Group joined existing shareholders...

Offering IoT solutions from physical sensors to LPWAN

We sat down with Guillaume Houssay, co-founder and CEO of Qowisio North America, to discuss the company's view on providing LoRa-based low power wide area network services in a more targeted basis rather than looking to provide the widest possible coverage. France-based Qowisio offers...

Senet partnership brings smart farming to LoRa-based LPWA network

Senet, a low power wide area network provider for North American LoRa-based "internet of things" applications, today announced a partnership with Paige Ag, a manufacturer and supplier of wire, cables, cable assemblies and electrical accessories, targeting smart farming and irrigation in agriculture. Poor wireless coverage...

How Huawei set the tone for NB-IoT, cellular’s LPWA network

In 2015, Huawei published a report titled "NB-IoT: Enabling new business opportunities," arguing that wide area low power networks, which had already been around for a decade, were fragmented – having poor reliability, security and high operational costs. Its response was narrowband-IoT, the cellular...

Smart street lighting enabled by LoRaWAN network in Budapest test site

A LoRaWAN test town for Hungary Szada is a small town on the outskirts of Budapest, Hungary, with a population of around 5,000. Its economy has relied on agriculture for centuries, with a recent trend towards vine growing. Thanks to its proximity to Budapest, Szada...

Interview with Ingenu CEO, network expansion hits New Orleans

DALLAS – Low-power wide-area network provider Ingenu announced the launch last week of its network in New Orleans, which was also the same day LPWA Americas kicked off in Dallas. We got in touch with the company's CEO John Horn for an interview on its random...

How to rapidly deploy an LPWA network for IoT

LPWA: low cost, fast expansion DALLAS – Dave Kjendal, CTO and VP of engineering at low-power wide-area network provider Senet, gave a talk titled “Enabling rapid IoT network deployment to capture market share” at this year's LPWA Americas conference. Low cost is the single most important...

Predictions vs. reality: where IoT stands, requirements of LPWA networks

DALLAS – Allen Proithis, president of Sigfox North America, gave a keynote address titled “Power to the devices” at this week’s LPWA Americas event. Proithis spoke of the current state of the "internet of things" and gave requirements for what is needed from low-power...

Sigfox and Microchip release IoT developer kits for LPWA network

Microchip Technology, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Sigfox, an LPWA network provider, today launched the industry’s first Federal Communications Commission-certified, fully integrated radio frequency transceiver and kits for "internet of things" developer solutions for use on the Sigfox network. Powered by Microchip’s ATA8520E, a...

LPWAN news: Senet partners with IoT water company, Ingenu expands

Senet partners with IoT-focused water company Senet, the North American provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for long range (LoRa)-based internet of things (IoT) applications, today announced Trimble will use its wireless technology to allow water utilities to remotely measure and monitor water, wastewater and...

OEMs adopting Qualcomm LTE CAT M1 modem for IoT

HONG KONG — Qualcomm announced at the 4G/5G Summit today strong ecosystem adoption from industry original equipment manufacturers for its MDM9206 LTE "internet of things" modem. The modem, announced last year, is a connectivity solution for applications such as battery-powered sensors, and features a design for IoT that Qualcomm...

Plastic bean-shaped sensors monitor crops for precision agriculture

The internet of beans Thumb-sized "plastic beans" are being filled with sensors and tossed into grain bins and storage facilities for precision agriculture, getting rid of the need for handheld devices or elaborate moisture monitoring systems, according to an article on Farm Journal's AGWeb. The sensor pods...

A look at the progress of industrial IoT in Latin America

Increasing internet connectivity, just not for "things" The growth of the internet in Latin America has been swift in the past few years, due largely to the mobile network and smartphone boom in countries like Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Argentina, according to the Latin Post....

LPWAN news: RPMA gets module partner, Senet’s LoRa adds security

LPWAN leaders find partners for new modules, added security Ingenu, a low-power wide-area network provider, and u‑blox, a company that specializes in wireless and positioning of modules and chips, today announced a partnership that will enable the "next generation" of Ingenu’s Random Phase Multiple Access technology to serve global...

Setting the record straight on 3GPP's LPWAN IoT standards

3GPP IoT standards variants add to LPWAN confusion The 3GPP standardization group has introduced a number of LTE standards aimed at providing a network for the "internet of things": Narrowband IoT, LTE Cat 1 and LTE Cat-M. These networks add to the mix (and perhaps, confusion) of...

Sigfox in breakthrough IIoT deal with Bosch Group company

French boiler manufacturer e.l.m. leblanc has selected Sigfox to connect more than 100,000 boilers in France to enable predictive, remote maintenance and remote management E.l.m. leblanc, a French boiler manufacturer that is part of Bosch Group, has selected Sigfox to connect more than 100,000 boilers in France...

Industry 4.0 understanding lacking among UK manufacturers

UK manufacturers lack understanding of Industry 4.0, a new survey found. This could put UK manufacturing at risk of being left behind as other countries embrace Industry 4.0. While a majority of UK manufacturers (59 percent) recognize that Industry 4.0 will have a big impact...

EC launches consultation on coordinated 5G networks rollout

The European Commission has launched a consultation on opportunities for a coordinated introduction of 5G networks in the European Union by 2020 The European Commission has launched a consultation aimed at identifying opportunities for a coordinated introduction of  "5G" networks and assessing elements of a 5G action...

Time for smart cities to prioritize air pollution

There is a compelling case for deploying LPWA networks to monitor local air quality in smart cities More than 3 million people die prematurely each year because of ambient air pollution caused by high concentrations of small and fine particulate matter, according to the World Health Organization....

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