The   Internet   of   Things    is   poised   to   be   the   next   big   technology   disruptor’   of   the   century.   It   is   estimated   that   close   to   20+   billions    of   devices   and sensors   will   be   connected   to   the   Internet   by   the   year   2020.   With   these numbers   in   mind   service   providers,   manufacturers   and   engineering groups   are   on   a   race   for   the   ultimate   IoT   technology:   from   cellular   LTE   based   in   the   form   of   Narrowband    ( NB )   IoT   and   Cat-M ,    to   proprietary models   such   as   Sigfox    and   I ngenu   RPMA .   However,   when   it   comes   to long    range ,    low    battery ,    low    cost ,    open-source     applications    there’s another   very   strong   competitor   currently   being   developed   specifically without the need of cellular or WiFi technologies: LoRa®. Semtech’s    LoRa®    modulation   is   a   patented   technology    that   allows for   very   long   ranges   (around   1   to   10   miles)   of   wireless   reception   due to   its   robust   radio   sensitivity   of   -137   dBm   to   -148   dBm.   Specifically designed    from    the    ‘ground    up’    for    small    data ,    very    low    energy consumption   of   battery   operated   devices   that   can   last   5,   10   or   more years   on   a   single   charge,   LoRa®   uses   a   very   small   factor   for   increased efficiency   that   can   be   used   indoors   as   well,   along   with   highly   end-to- end secure transmission mechanisms such as AES-128 . Although   the   physical   (PHY)   modulation   used   to   connect   sensors   to LoRa®    receivers    (commonly   referred   to   as   gateways ,      ‘concentrators’, ‘base    stations’    or    ‘access    points’),    is     a    patented    and    proprietary technology     owned    by    the    Semtech     Corporation,    the    use    of    such wireless    technology    and    its    application    to    the    wider    area    realm, referred   to   as   LoRaWAN®    is    royalty-free ,   license-free    and   open- sourced    and   standardized    by   the   LoRa   Alliance® ,   making   it   one   of the   world’s   most   popular   long   range   wide   area   networks’   technologies used by engineers, enthusiasts and commercial entities alike. réd    wireless   has   chosen   LoRaWAN®    as   its   technology   of   choice   for current   and   future   Smart   Wireless   and   IoT   projects.   For   this   purpose we   are   co-founders   of   the   The   Things   Network   Detroit   Community   Group , the   first   of   its   kind   here   in   the   Greater   Detroit    area,   based   on   a   global initiative   by   dutch   LoRaWAN®    ‘powerhouse’   The   Things   Network ,   or TTN    for   short,   to   promote   and   develop   an   open-sourced   worldwide LoRaWAN®  collaborative network for the I nternet of Things. réd      wireless     has     also     invested     heavily     on     R&D      ( Research     & Development )    over    the    last    years,    testing,    proving    ( and     disproving) what    works    and    what    doesn’t    :    from    sensors,    devices,    gateways, network   providers,   application   platforms   and   solution   providers.   Our thinking    outside    the    [IoT]    box’     mentality    has    allowed    us    to    be    in    a privileged   position   to   know   (and   offer)   what   truly   works   -   which   yields in sound and cost effective solutions to our clients and partners ! If   you   would   like   to   know   more   about   these   and   all   other   IoT   and Smart   solutions,   Proof   of   Concept   (PoC)    and   current/future   projects, please drop us an e-mail below and we’ll get back to you asap !  
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