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Kerlink Brings LoRaWAN Connectivity to Scotland, Japan

Network and technology providers are signed up to provide the firm's hardware, network server, software and application for IoT-based solutions to track and manage data about infrastructure and assets for greater efficiency.
By Claire Swedberg
Oct 29, 2018

Kerlink has signed several contracts that will expand the company's global reach with its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for tracking sensor data and the movements of vehicles or assets through its Wirnet iBTS gateways. During the past few weeks, Kerlink has signed agreements with Boston Networks to create an IoT network across Scotland, and with Macnica Networks Corp. to provide similar solutions throughout Japan.

Kerlink provides its Wirnet outdoor gateways to capture and transmit data using the low-power wide-area LoRaWAN protocol. It employs what Kerlink calls the iBTS software platform to carry transmissions to a server. Boston Networks chose Kerlink's global solution, including hardware network server, network management software layer and geolocation application, for the three-year, £6 million ($7.8 million) IoT project in Scotland, aimed at providing applications and services via a wireless network. The solution is initially aimed at tracking municipal equipment and infrastructure, such as waste bins and smart lightings, with the goal of increasing energy efficiency and decreasing the nation's carbon footprint, explains Yannick Delibie, Kerlink's president and CEO.

Kerlink's Yannick Delibie
For the project, Kerlink is supplying 500 Wirnet iBTS gateways. It will also provide remote, real-time management of those devices from its Wanesy Management Center. The gateways typically offer a coverage area of 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) or more in semi-urban areas, or 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) in urban areas in which buildings and other structures may create transmission blocks. They come with firewalling features for security purposes, as well as the ability to carry out secure firmware remote upgrades.

The gateways receive transmissions from LoRa-based sensor devices attached to waste bins or other objects, then forward that information to the back-end server via a 4G connection. The system can also calculate location information using Kerlink's Wanesy Geolocation technology. With the Wanesy solution, gateways measure signal strength and angle through triangulation.

The deployment across Scotland will consist of gateways installed at two types of sites. Some will be implemented in urban areas, Delibie says—most typically on rooftops. The others, installed on posts 20 meters (66 feet) in height, will be deployed across the more rural sections of the country. "That provides a complete connectivity network," he states, that can be used for energy management, initially in public buildings.

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