Low Power WAN Technology Provider Assessment


Blog Title: Low Power WAN Technology Vendor Assessment

Businesses are taking note of how Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) can provide long distance communications for certain use cases. Although its slow data transfer rates and high latency may not cause high intensity video streaming or other bandwidth-hungry situations, it can provide inexpensive, low-cost long-distance communication. energy consumption.

According to Chris Grundemann and Logan Andrew Green’s recent report “GigaOm Radar for LPWAN Technology Providers (Unlicensed Spectrum) v1.0”, this growing communication technology is suitable for use cases with the following characteristics:

  • Long distance transmission requirement — 10 km / 6 miles or more wireless connectivity from sensor to gateway
  • Low power consumption, with a battery life of up to 10 years
  • Penetration of land and building to bypass line-of-sight issues
  • Low operating costs (cost of device management or subscription to connection)
  • Low data transfer rate of around 20 kbps

These use cases could include large-scale IoT deployments in heavy industry, manufacturing, government, and retail. The LPWAN technology vendors assessed in this Radar report are currently filling a gap in the IoT market. They are certainly poised to benefit from the anticipated rapid adoption of LPWAN solutions.

Depending on the use case you are looking to achieve, you can choose from four basic deployment models of these LPWAN providers:

  • Physical Appliance: This option would require an on-site network server to receive data from the gateways sensors.
  • Virtual Appliance: Network servers can also be deployed as virtual appliances, running on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Network Stack as a Service: With this option, the LPWAN provider fully manages your network stack and provides the service to you. All you need is devices and gateways to meet your needs.
  • Network as a service: This option is provided by the mobile network operators, the provider operating the network stack and the gateways. You will only have to connect to the LPWAN provider.

Figure 1. LPWAN connectivity

The LPWAN vendors assessed in this report are well positioned from a business and technical perspective as they can function as a single point of contact for building IoT solutions. Instead of tinkering with other solutions to satisfy connectivity protocols, these vendors can configure your organization with a packaged IoT solution, reducing time to market and virtually eliminating compatibility issues.

The aspect of unlicensed spectrum is also important. The LPWAN technology providers evaluated in this Radar report use at least one protocol in the unlicensed electromagnetic spectrum bands. There is no need to purchase FCC licenses for specific frequency bands, which also reduces costs.

Learn more: Gigaom Enterprise Radar for LPWAN