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By Rich Handley

Kerlink Gateways Support DIGIMONDO LoRaWAN IoT Network in Europe

Kerlink a provider of network solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and DIGIMONDO, an IoT solution provider, have announced that Kerlink's gateways are being integrated into DIGIMONDO's LoRaWAN network rollouts in Germany and across Europe.

DIGIMONDO offers a LoRaWAN network server called firefly. Along with E.ON, DIGIMONDO recently completed one of Germany's largest LoRaWAN IoT rollouts using firefly software and Kerlink hardware in the city of Gehrden and surrounding areas. The deployment involved the installation of more than 1,100 smart electricity meters and smart-parking sensors. Powered by Kerlink's Wirnet iBTS Compact stations, the network generates efficiency of higher than 97 percent uninterrupted connectivity, the company reports, compared to approximately 80 percent efficiency of meters in basements with classic mobile radio connectivity, such as LTE.

The firefly server, offered both as software-as-a-service (SAAS) and on-premises, connects objects to DIGIMONDO's public and site-specific, customer-owned private networks. Firefly-based networks have delivered 99.99 percent uptime, according to the company. DIGIMONDO plans to launch an upgrade for firefly during the fourth quarter of 2017, with such features as a transport layer security (TLS) protocol to protect data, and the MQTT IoT and M2M protocols. The LoRaWAN 1.1 standard is expected to be implemented in the upcoming release.

"The Internet of Things is the next major step towards a digital future, and DIGIMONDO is committed to playing a leading role in that evolution with both rapid network deployments and reliable cloud services," said Marcus Walena, DIGIMONDO's founder and CTO, in a prepared statement. "We are one of the big providers of LoRaWAN end-to-end service, including connectivity across Europe for smart-solution use cases, and Kerlink's proven gateways assure reliable, high-performance and stable networks that help maintain our momentum for network rollouts."

"Integrating Kerlink gateways in DIGIMONDO's IoT networks helps the company rapidly deliver a scalable, turnkey LoRaWAN solution for large and small deployments, and supports Kerlink's goal to bring LoRaWAN technology to countries around the world," said William Gouesbet, Kerlink's CEO, in the prepared statement. "We expect this partnership to demonstrate that our combined technologies efficiently and reliably deliver the benefits of the IoT for smart applications across a variety of sectors and in any location."

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