IoT May Drive Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA): 451 Research

As the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape matures and IoT as a service grows, low-power wide-area (LPWA) IoT is becoming increasingly important, says 451 Research. LoRaWAN is a low-power, wide-area IoT technology that revolves around license-exempt bands accessed with devices employing Semtech’s proprietary RF platform.

new411The evolving IoT ecosystem took a prominent place at Mobile World Congress 2017. While 5G, virtual reality and augmented reality took their share of the spotlight, IoT remained a key topic and there were several important announcements and demonstrations.

For mobile network operators, the emerging winner for early 2017 deployments is a blend of LTE Cat M1 and LoRaWAN, the researchers said.

While 451 Research expects NB-IoT to ultimately make a significant mark on IoT service deployments, operators must respond to the license-exempt alternative networks now gaining traction. Moves to fill in the gaps with LoRaWAN and SIGFOX are also important because these early approaches remain compelling for a wide range of use cases.

By adding roaming support, LoRaWAN gains increased relevance for supply-chain use cases. Likewise, the addition of coarse-grained location and a trusted-object capability helps boost SIGFOX’s appeal for that segment as well.

As IoT application architects puzzle over IoT network options, decisions will come down to the need for accuracy and reliability.

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