Low power, wide area networking firm Actility and Dutch telecom operator KPN have completed deployment of the world’s first nationwide LoRa network for the Internet of Things.
LoRa is one of a number of low power wide area network (LPWAN) standards currently available to support IoT applications requiring long battery life, low power, low data throughput and low cost characteristics.
After an intense period of eight months’ work, several hundred LoRa antennas have now been installed all over the Netherlands. KPN’s LoRa project initially went live in the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague.
Thanks to strong positive feedback and consumer interest in the early deployments, the network roll-out was accelerated at the beginning of this year, and has just been completed. The KPN network will support uses as varied as street lighting, street signage, waste management and animal tracking.
Actility and KPN have been pioneering the development of the European Internet of Things together since 2014. Combining Actility’s ThingPark solution for the Internet of Things with KPN’s leading mobile network gives the country a “best-in-class” solution, the two companies claim.
It will address the needs of a wide variety of markets with very different requirements, but sharing the common need to connect sensors cost-effectively, over long distances and in both built-up areas and wide open countryside.
KPN will leverage the ThingPark Wireless solution to connect a wide range of objects in markets as diverse as agriculture, smart building, transport infrastructure and healthcare applications.
One of the most attractive applications of KPN’s LoRa network is Smart Public Space Management. Citizens across the Netherlands will see a variety of benefits including improved street signage, better waste management in public spaces and smart street lighting.