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Japanese telco Softbank has announced plans to launch a LoRaWAN low powered wide area radio network for IoT in the current 2016 fiscal year and offer end-to-end IoT solutions, ranging from device and application support to consulting.

Softbank says that, by using its comprehensive network lineup that includes 3G/LTE, WiFi and fixed-line, it will be able to offer IoT solutions that meet differing customer preferences.

In anticipation of the coming full-fledged IoT era, SoftBank says it will aim to deploy the full set of LPWA networks, including LoRaWAN, Cat-M1 and NB-IoT, to ensure that it can efficiently comply with differing environments.

For its LoRaWAN network it is partnering with LoRaWAN networking company Actility, Hon Hai Precision Industry company, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider, according to Softbank, and Semtech Corporation, a pioneer of LoRaWAN technology.

“SoftBank will work to realize an IoT environment for industry sectors that require low cost and low power network construction: equipment monitoring/control at commercial facilities, buildings, warehouses and other facilities, automated gas and water meter reading, senior citizen and child monitoring, infrastructure monitoring (roads, tunnels, rail tracks, etc.) and logistics and fleet management (cars, trucks and buses),” the company said.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 06:17

Crowd-funded LoRaWAN IoT network extended to China

The Things Network, a Netherlands-based crowd-funded initiative to create open access LoRaWAN IoT networks around the world has been extended to China.

Multi-Tech Systems, a global manufacturer of M2M and IoT devices, has announced completion of a smart city implementation in the city of Weinan in Shaanxi Province using its IoT products in conjunction with sensors and a LoRaWAN network server from The Things Network.

“China’s first pilot city has successfully introduced a revolutionary system to track and analyze critical data from sensors located throughout its 2.5 mile span,” Multi-Tech said.

The Things Network started in October 2015 with funding from a Kickstarter campaign and the mission to build an open, free and decentralized IoT network. It claims to have crowd-sourced a complete city-wide LoRaWAN network for Amsterdam in six weeks and says it is planning to repeat this in every city in the world.”

It now has LoRaWAN gateways operating in several cities around the world, including Amsterdam, New York, Zurich, Madrid, San Francisco, San Paulo, London, Singapore and, most recently Sydney.

LoRaWAN is a low-power wide area network technology developed for IoT and backed by the multi-vendor LoRa Alliance that operates in the subGHz instrumentation, scientific and medical bands.  According to Multi-Tech, “It serves as an excellent complement to cellular and satellite networks by connecting assets scattered over a wide area in often difficult to reach locations through a gateway (situated where cellular or satellite coverage exists), providing quick to deploy connectivity to an IoT platform.”

In Weinan, Multi-Tech’s MultiConnect mDot LoRaWAN transceivers are being used by Phillisense to provide 2-way communication from its mini weather stations. According to Multi-Tech “All of the data is monitored with the Things Network customized IoT dashboard and network server located in City of Weinan’s data center.”

According to Multi-Tech: “A smart city is an urban development vision that integrates numerous information solutions to better manage a city’s assets. Within the city of Weinan, these assets include its burgeoning agricultural community. Monitoring and analyzing pivotal information regarding this community, including wind speed, temperature, barometric pressure and humidity can impact the success of its fragile agricultural system and ultimately influence the cities economic state.”


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Actility, which has developed an IoT network based on LoRaWAN low powered wide area network technology, has partnered with Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) to deliver a comprehensive suite of IoT solutions to the Chinese market, starting in Q3 of 2016.

“By integrating Actility's … ThingPark IoT platform and Foxconn's leading vertical information and communications technology solutions, ThingPark China will offer end-to-end IoT services from sensors and gateways to network management and SaaS solutions,” Actility said.

In addition to deploying ThingPark Wireless connectivity, network operations and data management, both as SaaS and on-premise" services, ThingPark China will resell LPWA hardware. Actility has also hinted that the JV might expand beyond China, saying:  “ThingPark China will initially focus on delivering solutions to customers in China.”

Actility CEO, Mike Mulica, said China’s IoT market was growing 30 percent a year and would contain a third of the world's 15 billion connected things in 2020. “Foxconn is a company with world-class expertise on innovation at scale, as well as unrivaled market access to industrial and urban China,” he said. “ThingPark China will serve the vast LPWA IoT markets across the country."

Fang-Ming Lu, executive vice president of Foxconn, added: "The synergies generated by bringing together Foxconn's design, manufacturing and technology capabilities and Actility's expertise in LPWA networking will enable us to capitalize on the immense opportunities presented in the IoT era."

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