Tenna Joins LoRa Alliance to Accelerate Internet of Things Deployments for Physical Asset Management

By IOT Journal

This membership will help the firm to accelerate its IoT solution deployments, using the LoRaWAN standard for customers' construction sites.

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Tenna, the technology company that empowers construction companies to find more value across their inventory of equipment, vehicles and physical assets, today announced it has become a member of the LoRa Alliance, one of the fastest growing Internet of Things (IoT) alliances with over 500 members. This membership will help Tenna accelerate its IoT solution deployments, using the LoRaWAN standard for long range wide area networking for customers’ construction sites, thereby taking a further step in helping customers in the digital transformation from the physical to digital worksites.

The LoRa Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the interoperability and standardization of the LoRaWAN low-power wide area network (LPWAN) technology that drives the success of the IoT. The LoRaWAN standard is a LPWAN specification intended for wireless battery-operated devices in a regional, national or global network. LoRaWAN technology provides seamless interoperability among smart devices without the need for complex local network installations, and empowers users, developers, and businesses, enabling the seamless rollout of IoT solutions.

Tenna will use the LoRaWAN protocol to offer cost effective solutions for the management of information flow in and between construction sites. Tenna’s implementation of LoRaWAN technology will provide wireless connectivity for the sensor-enabled physical asset management devices,LoRaWAN GPS trackers, currently in development by Tenna. Construction sites, operated by Tenna customers, will feature plug-and-play temporary or permanent long distance radio networks — without the need for any training or radio licensing — working completely out of the box. This simplicity enables reduction in radio costs, which translates to savings for Tenna customers. Tenna’s LoRaWAN GPS tracking devices leverage long range, low power wireless platforms to deliver critical information, no matter where assets travel.

“We’re excited to join the LoRa Alliance and to be at the forefront of deploying this new wireless technology,” said Mike Cook, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product, Tenna. “The LoRaWAN standard unlocks tremendous value at a low cost for Tenna customers and, as a result, we look forward to helping our customers solve the challenges of working with and managing a distributed and variegated fleet of assets – all while unleashing the power of IoT as they embrace their digital transformation.”

Tenna’s LoRaWAN GPS trackers are built to run on emerging LoRaWAN carrier networks, enabling Tenna customers to receive messages from their LoRaWAN trackers when the trackers are far away from their project sites. With LoRaWAN technology, extremely low power budgets are required, allowing customers to deploy Tenna Asset Trackers with batteries that will last over five years.

“As our membership grows, so does our portfolio of LoRaWAN use cases,” said Geoff Mulligan, chairman of the LoRa Alliance. “We’re pleased to welcome Tenna to the Alliance and learn how it is applying the benefits of the LoRaWAN standard to the construction industry. Tenna offers yet another example of the versatility and broad applicability for LoRaWAN LPWAN networking technology.”