Libelium has added LoRaWAN and Sigfox wireless low power, wide area network (LPWAN) connectivity to its Waspmote OEM and Waspmote Plug and Sense! sensor devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) in North America.
San Francisco is one of the first cities to deploy this technology, where Libelium is already developing a Smart Water project with Sigfox and San Francisco County. In Colorado, Libelium technology is also enhancing new projects to monitor weather and environment conditions with LoRaWAN connectivity.
Libelium is a Spanish IoT sensor platform management and sensor device provider. Its strategy is to keep offering the widest interoperability in the great array of connectivity choices for the IoT.
The company is joining forces with LoRaWAN and Sigfox global networks in response to strong demand for low-energy, long-range and cost efficient IoT connectivity in North America. In terms of network coverage, Semtech is partnering with Comcast to deploy LoRaWAN networks in 30 cities, while Sigfox is expanding its network to 100 US cities.
“We are successfully offering these protocols in their European version since 2015 and checking its viability for environment, pollution, water quality and smart parking applications. We strongly believe that making them available in their American version will speed up market adoption in the 900 MHz markets,” stated Alicia Asín, Libelium's CEO.
Customers can make their choice of LPWAN preferred protocol for Waspmote Plug & Sense! in 900MHz or 868MHz bands - depending on geographic destination - when ordering except for the Smart Parking model, where both radios (LoRaWAN/Sigfox) are always included.
“We have managed to offer a dual radio in our Smart Parking node at a very competitive price, which increases our customers' options, one of our design principles. They can compare the performance of both technologies in one installation, work in hybrid networks or change from one to another easily from the Cloud. We consider this kind of features crucial to keep a healthy and competitive IoT landscape,” explained Asín.
With this update, Libelium said its IoT Sensor Platform is ready to use the 900-930 MHz band for the US, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, etc. including FCC and IC certification for the US and Canada.