Stream Technologies has announced a major upgrade to its Glasgow LoRa-based IoT low power, wide area network (LPWAN), which was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Shanghai. It will now include GPS-free location based services.
Stream, together with Censis has upgraded to a Version 2 LoRaWAN network in Glasgow, UK, which enables a wide range of applications that require the determination of a location as part of the overall solution.
This functionality does not require any additional data or power from the end-devices, and therefore enables GPS-free geolocation services on devices with up to 10 years of battery life.
The network is currently being used by enterprises for solutions ranging from street lighting to environmental monitoring. The GPS-free location based services will see the introduction of solutions that are not financially or technically feasible on a LoRaWAN version one network, including asset tracking in power constrained environments.
With a background of over 15 years in enabling IoT connectivity solutions, Stream’s IoT-X connectivity management platform has natively provided geo-location services for its cellular customers, including multi-billion-dollar security firms. Stream see the new LoRa geolocation capabilities as a simple yet effective extension to IoT-X and any deployed networks.
According to Machina Research, approximately one-third of IoT connections will be critically dependent on geodata. Stream will now provide cellular, Wi-Fi and LoRa-based geolocation services on a single interface via IoT-X.
IoT-X’s ability to deploy, manage and commercialise networks across LoRaWAN, cellular and satellite enables over 500+ enterprises to operate in the IoT Sector.