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A New Connectivity Standard for the IoT—Building a Better Mousetrap
Why is such a standard so important for the Internet of Things?
From toothbrushes and dog collars to thermostats and more, this could add a wide variety of devices to the wireless grid. For example, a Dutch company that I met at the event, Xignal, is literally building a better mousetrap—yes, a wirelessly connected mousetrap. For large industrial sites, it is important to understand whether or not your trap been activated, and where it is located. LoRa Alliance technology can enable this.
The LoRa Alliance is an open, non-profit association of members collaborating to drive an open global standard for secure IoT connectivity. At the event, it was encouraging to see so many IoT players coming together—hundreds of C-level decision-makers in IoT, from both large corporations and smaller startups, who are actively building on LoRa. The whole value chain was present, from sensor makers, chip manufacturers and connectivity-layer providers to gateway manufactures and all the way to end-to-end service providers. But why the huge interest in this seemingly marginal technology? The answer is actually quite simple:
1. Low power: LoRa end devices can operate for many years on a single AA battery, meaning no fixed power source is necessary.
What You Need to Know
1. The time for LPWA is now, but cost slows down adoption:
2. Unclear business model and regulatory issues create additional hurdles for some verticals:
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