This is the second blog in an ongoing series about LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol, and its capabilities to transform next-generation networking applications built on 5G. This blog series follows Semtech’s “5G Fact vs. Fiction, and How LoRaWAN Plays a Role” webinar, featuring Orange, Charter Communications and MultiTech, moderated by Beecham Research, and addresses some of the pressing topics offered by the audience during the webinar’s Q&A. Read the introduction to the new series in part one.
We’re well into 2020, and the promise of 5G networking is continuing to lead conversations across the wireless industry. However, as 5G deployments increase, we also see a rise in alternative low power technologies to offer flexible, cost effective power and low bandwidth options for these so-called massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. In particular, market demand for solutions based on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol is continuing to increase, including those helping to combat the global COVID-19 outbreak. It has become clear that as 4G and 5G will target low latency and high throughput applications in the near future, LoRa and LoRaWAN-based applications will make up a larger portion of the massive IoT space, led by mobile operators, unlicensed spectrum operators and enterprises across private rollouts. The market is heading toward a Multi-Radio Access Network (Multi-RAN) strategy leveraging complementary standards, including 4G, 5G, LoRaWAN, and others such as Wi-Fi 6.
The LoRaWAN® protocol is especially optimized for low power, wide area networks (LPWANs). It supports secure, bi-directional communication for IoT applications which scale to connect millions of potential devices. As security is a fundamental need in all IoT applications, the LoRaWAN protocol was designed with security in mind, with authentication and encryption built into the specification itself. However, a secure network protocol is only one half of the equation. Deploying a LoRaWAN-based application requires correct implementation of the protocol and a close adherence to recommended practices.
Geolocation is one of the most compelling and fast growing Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The anticipated market size for “Geo IoT” is expected to reach $74 billion by the end of 2025 from its current value of $40 billion, according to Market Insight Reports.
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The increasing deployment of Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the open LoRaWAN® protocol is a global phenomenon. Leading industry analyst IHS Markit predicts up to 43 percent of all low power wide area network (LPWAN)-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications are expected to be based on LoRa devices and/or LoRaWAN networks by 2023*. Today, estimates place the number of LoRa-based gateways deployed at over half a million, providing connectivity to support up to two billion potential end devices**. Additionally, it is estimated the total number of LoRa-based end nodes deployed reached 135 million at the beginning of 2020**, enabling a nearly endless number of innovative use cases.
Gateways featuring Semtech’s LoRa® devices often reside in electrically harsh industrial environments. As the centerpiece for a LoRaWAN® network, these gateways need to operate in the field for many years. The longevity of the network requires that gateways be immune to a range of transient threats the equipment may encounter over its lifetime. As such, gateway data ports need to be safeguarded from overvoltage transient threats, including electrostatic discharge (ESD), electrical fast transients (EFT) and lightning surge.
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Semtech’s LoRa® devices represent a leading technology for connecting proven applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. Among its most successful applications are those for logistics management and asset tracking. In order to allow enterprise customers and other companies such as system integrators to demonstrate the capabilities of LoRa-based sensors or LoRaWAN®-based asset tracking, Semtech has launched a new demonstration tool, the Asset Tracking Kit. This new kit allows companies to quickly gain firsthand experience and see the value IoT data can provide to its business digitalization and strategy. The goal of this kit is to accelerate the transformation of proof of concepts (PoCs) into business opportunities for partners in the LoRa ecosystem.
Another CES is in the books, and as usual, it was a blur of visionary concepts demonstrated alongside very useful, near-term technology. While much has already been written about CES 2020, I will focus my impressions on the connectivity technology choices for the smart home and building. While the market continues to evolve clever ways to present, manipulate and use data to make our lives and businesses simpler and more efficient, feeding the appetite of the big data engine presents many challenges in the smart building connectivity market.