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By Rich Handley

Senet Adds Network Server Enhancements for LoRaWAN IoT Connectivity Platforms

Senet, a provider of cloud-based software, global connectivity service platforms and network build-out for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced network server enhancements for its cloud-based LoRaWAN connectivity platforms. The new features simplify the deployment, management and monetization of LPWANs and applications—the fastest growing segment of the IoT market.

"Companies cannot afford to defer their IoT investment until 5G arrives or delay business growth opportunities based on the promise of NB-IoT or LTE Category M1 coverage at a future date to be determined," said Bruce Chatterley, Senet's CEO, in a prepared statement. "With these new platform enhancements and our partner-centric engagement models, we've effectively broken the mold for reliable, secure and cost-effective IoT connectivity and application deployment at massive scale."

Additions to Senet's already expansive global footprint, channel plan and gateway support include Australian and Latin American regional channel plans; EU and U.S. 16-channel plans; dynamic channel plan support for full control over an ISM-band; support for the Laird Sentrius gateway; and support for the Tektelic KONA 16 Macro and KONA 8 Indoor EU/India 868 gateways. Senet has also launched an updated coverage map illustrating its global service delivery footprint, with coverage and connectivity readiness in more than 80 countries.

New network operator features include customer onboarding and service provisioning capabilities to streamline the implementation and delivery of multi-tenant connectivity services; gateway provisioning and application monitoring capabilities for quality-of-service and end-customer application support; and network planning such as mapping service addresses related to device and gateway locations, gateway viewsheds and computed path quality of devices, to increase the accuracy and reliability of service delivery.

In addition, Senet has established a method for infrastructure providers to participate in the IoT marketplace through its Radio Access Network (RAN) Provider Services. Companies with physical assets, such as towers, rooftops, billboards, light poles and municipality-owned locations, can join the Senet LVN as a RAN Provider, deploy LoRaWAN gateways and immediately share in the revenue generated by all end devices connecting to their radio access network.

New RAN Provider features include a dedicated portal with access to a suite of RAN management and deployment capabilities; gateway usage statistics for accounting, capacity planning and utilization; and network planning such as mapping service addresses related to device and gateway locations, gateway viewsheds and computed path quality of devices, to increase the accuracy and reliability of service delivery.

New application provider features include enhanced network usage and management views, and detailed statistics to provide critical insight into application performance; support for application monitoring, troubleshooting and service alerts to enhance application performance and resulting business value; and customized interfaces and improved geolocation services that simplify the implementation of power-efficient, GPS-free location capabilities for asset-tracking applications.

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