Public LoRaWAN networks grow by 66% over three years

The LoRa Alliance has announced that public LoRaWAN networks have grown by 66 percent over the past three years.

LoRaWAN is an open standard for IoT low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs). The LoRa Alliance has more than 500 members – including the likes of IBM, Cisco, HP, Foxconn, Semtech, Bosch, and Schneider – and has promoted the expansion of the LoRaWAN ecosystem since 2015.

Deployments of LPWAN networks have been traditionally driven by mobile network operators....

Britain’s smart meter network grew by a record-breaking 87% in 2021

Record growth was observed for Britain’s smart meter network in 2021, helping to support the country’s net-zero carbon ambitions.

The Smart Data Communications Company (SmartDCC) operates and maintains the national smart meter network.

In 2021, SmartDCC says it added eight million smart meters—representing an 87 percent increase. August 2021 was a record month with over one million smart meters connected.

Angus Flett, CEO of SmartDCC,...

Amazon launches Sidewalk Bridge Pro to extend its network into public spaces

Amazon is extending its low-bandwidth, long-distance network to public spaces with the launch of the Sidewalk Bridge Pro.

The bridge is designed to extend Sidewalk connectivity to spaces including parks, businesses, and universities where there aren’t likely to be many Ring and Echo devices helping to power Amazon’s mesh network.

Amazon made a big deal out of Sidewalk when it debuted in 2019 alongside the Fetch pet tracker developed by Tile. In May 2021, Tile...

Nokia helps Volkswagen embrace Industry 4.0 digital transformation

Nokia is deploying a private 5G network for Volkswagen at the carmaker’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany to help the company embrace Industry 4.0 digital transformation.

Chris Johnson, Head of Global Enterprise Business at Nokia, said: “Nokia is a worldwide leader in private wireless technology for Industry 4.0 digital transformation proven by over 380 large enterprise customer deployments, of which more than 75 incorporate 5G.”

Compared to nimble startups, large...

AT&T and Cisco launch 5G network capabilities for IoT applications

AT&T and Cisco are partnering up to boost the performance of IoT applications with dedicated 5G network capabilities.

The sub-6GHz 5G network from AT&T already covers more than 251 million people and provides industries such as manufacturing, automotive, and entertainment with low latency and high bandwidth for cutting-edge applications.

AT&T’s Control Center is powered by Cisco and gives businesses near real-time updates of IoT devices on their network....

Dryad Networks launches Silvanet IoT solution for ultra-early wildfire detection

Environmental startup Dryad Networks has launched Silvanet, its large-scale IoT network for the ultra-early detection of wildfires.

Wildfires are devastating, not just for the lives and habitats they destroy, but also for the long-term damage they cause through massive CO2 emissions while simultaneously destroying the vegetation that lowers carbon.

The US alone is suffering its worst wildfire season in a decade and the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season was the second...

Why network localisation will power the future of IoT

For some time now, IoT has been recognised as a technology that holds the potential to super boost business and enrich almost every aspect of our lives. Weekly, we are witnessing incredible life-changing IoT innovations across telehealth, smart cities, EV charging and environment, the connected supply chain, intelligent manufacturing and more. The sky is the limit when it comes to IoT-enabled enhancements and COVID-19 only served to cement IoT’s place in the new...

Citymesh acquires Sigfox IoT network operator to offer services ‘from 0G to 5G’

Belgian telecoms operator Citymesh has acquired local Sigfox IoT network operator ENGIE M2M to enable it to offer services all the way “from 0G to 5G”.

Sigfox is a 0G network ideally suited for IoT deployments because of its ultra-low power consumption and long-range. In Belgium alone, the Sigfox network connects over 250,000 devices.

Jeremy Prince, CEO of Sigfox, said:

“We have had the pleasure of working with ENGIE M2M for the past six years in Belgium....

Kerlink IoT gateways support Helium’s peer-to-peer LoRaWAN network and crypto mining

Kerlink has announced three of its IoT gateways now support Helium’s peer-to-peer LoRaWAN network and the mining of its native cryptocurrency.

The IoT gateways – the indoor Wirnet iFemtoCell and Wirnet iFemtoCell-evolution, and the outdoor Wirnet iStation – now support “The People’s Network”, a global, distributed network launched by Helium which provides long-range and low-power wireless coverage for LoRaWAN-enabled IoT sensors and devices.

Helium’s...

Myriota launches US and Canada service alongside next-gen nanosatellite, dev toolkit

IoT satellite connectivity provider Myriota has launched commercial service in the US and Canada alongside the successful deployment of a next-gen nanosatellite and a developer toolkit.

Myriota raised $19.3 million in funding in April last year with the aim of expanding its satellite constellation to 25 by 2022. The new satellite launched this week represents a step towards that goal and is the first of three nanosatellites that will launch on Rocket Lab’s They Go Up So Fast...