LoRaWAN IoT Network Solution Offers Zero-Touch Provisioning

Kerlink and The Things Industries are partnering to provide gateways and servers for IoT network deployments.
Published: July 21, 2023

Kerlink, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has teamed up with and The Things Industries, a supplier of scalable LoRaWAN network servers. The two companies have announced that they are synching their carrier-grade hardware and software to offer customers zero-touch provisioning (ZTP) for IoT network deployments. The solution is implemented by Kerlink’s Magic Link program, a single-use URL that automatically runs personalized configuration. Magic Link, according to the companies, has been validated on more than 20,000 Wirnet i-Series gateways to date.

This plug-and-play product features Kerlink’s Wirnet i-Series LoRaWAN gateways and The Things Industries’ LoRaWAN network server, known as The Things Stack. The combination of such technologies, the partners explain, is intended to enable fast and simple network deployments and management, since the gateways can be onboarded to the LoRaWAN network server without the need for manual configuration.

LoRaWAN IoT Network Solution Offers Zero-Touch Provisioning

With zero-touch provisioning, the gateways come with network settings, security parameters and other necessary configurations. The streamlined provisioning process, the companies note, accelerates deployment of LoRaWAN gateways, which can be shipped directly to the deployment location and automatically be connected to The Things Stack. Software updates, patches and configuration changes can be pushed remotely to the gateways, allowing users to simplify maintenance tasks, ensure the gateways have the latest firmware and security patches, and boost network reliability and performance.

“This collaborative ZTP solution with Kerlink aims to revolutionize the way solution builders design, launch and operate public and private IoT networks worldwide,” said Wienke Giezeman, The Things Industries’ CEO, in a prepared statement. “It resolves the most common concerns customers have when planning their networks: How can they save time and control operational costs, how can they reduce configuration complexity and human errors in deployment, and, of course, how can they scale their network?”

Yann Bauduin, Kerlink’s chief sales officer, added in the prepared statement: “Fully secured and totally automated, ZTP is the easiest way to provision, configure and onboard all Kerlink Wirnet i-Series LoRaWAN gateways, after power up, and it can run personalized configuration on thousands of gateways in minutes. The Things Stack LoRaWAN network server, combined with Kerlink gateways, ensures security, reliability and scalability in a solution that can accelerate massive IoT adoption globally.”