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Three UK Strengthens Internet of Things with Low Power Wide Area Capability

Infrastructure News - Published on Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Three UK and CK Hutchison’s telecom division’ s unit CKH Innovations Opportunities Development of are piloting a Low Power Wide Area network, which is the first step in a nationwide network roll out that will support mass deployment of Internet of Things devices. LPWA networks, made up of Narrowband IoT and LTE-M technologies, provide a cost-effective way to wirelessly connect IoT devices which monitor and control everything from key infrastructure to smart buttons. Sectors such as energy, logistics, building management, and transport can be digitally transformed by LPWA technologies.

IoT devices used in these sectors are generally deployed on a massive scale. Often, the devices need to be placed in difficult environments for wireless (or wired) connections. LPWA technology solves this connectivity challenge in three ways: it covers a large area; the radio signal penetrates deep inside buildings and underground, where infrastructure IoT devices are often placed; and low-energy NB-IoT devices can last 5 or more years in the field. LPWA devices can operate without a fixed power source, meaning they can remain in situ and maintenance free for long periods.

The Three UK LPWA pilot network has been set up at the Integrated Transport Electricity Gas Research Laboratory in Gateshead UK. The lab is a collaboration between Northern Gas Networks, Newcastle University, Northern Powergrid, Northumbrian Water and Siemens.

The LPWA at InTEGReL will enable researchers to deploy wireless devices throughout the experimental energy network to identify problems and gather performance data. In a live environment, LPWA technology helps energy companies improve service reliability, detect faults, make customer billing more accurate and lower carbon emissions.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Tue, 26 Nov 2019
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