The increase in the number of LoRaWAN deployments in Europe reflects global growth

In France alone, more than 3.5 million assets have already been connected using Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® standard, and an additional 1.5 million devices are deployed, thanks to the support of several national networks. This rapid rise in power indicates that LoRaWAN has become the first LPWAN technology in France.

According to the LoRa Alliance®, the global association of companies that support the open LoRaWAN standard for the Internet of Things (IoT), the number of public LoRaWAN networks available worldwide has increased by 66% in the past three years. Also, due to its flexibility, LoRaWAN offers multi-mode solutions for peripherals, so experts expect its leadership to grow even more.

The popularity of the LoRaWAN standard in Europe is evidenced by the fact that the conference Lorawan International Exhibition – A global showcase of technology and its applications already deployed – to be held in Paris on July 6-7 2022, and will include a presentation by Alistair Fulton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group, among more than 50 distinguished speakers.

no limits. LoRaWAN has arrived in space

Earlier this year, Semtech announced a joint initiative with UK-based Lacuna Space to ensure affordable coverage of LoRaWAN connectivity across Europe through satellite technology, which now allows many countries to access LoRaWAN, and to adopt it for a broader scale. of applications.

Back on Earth, several German power and water providers, Internet of Things (IoT) specialist Kerlink, and systems integrator LoRaWAN ZENNER IoT Solutions GmbH, recently collaborated on Germany’s largest LoRaWAN deployment, with at least 3,000 new LoRaWAN gateways.

At the end of 2021, Semtech teamed up with the Spanish supplier of metering systems for utilities, Arson Metering, to use Semtech’s LoRa instrumentation and the LoRaWAN standard, to develop new smart gas metering sensors, capable of detecting methane levels, sending a notification wirelessly to a mobile device and, if necessary, Immediately turn off the gas supply.

Returning to France, Orange France recently re-engaged in LoRaWAN with its IoT Connect Anywhere service, which provides end-to-end global connectivity between smart objects and a secure data management platform, which includes thousands of French cities.

The current success of both LoRa and LoRaWAN across Europe, and even technically ‘higher’ in Europe, reflects the growing adoption and recognition of the multiple benefits of this technology. LoRaWAN continues to be the leading LPWAN technology that continues to grow with mass deployment, in part due to its ability to use unlicensed bands to provide global roaming. According to President and CEO of Actility, a Paris-based LPWAN solutions provider, Olivier Hercent: “With LoRaWAN, entire cities or countries can be covered with just a few base stations, without the need for initial deployment or maintenance of nodes. With traditional mesh networks.”

Recognized international standard

L’adoption massive de LoRaWAN est soutenue par plusieurs facteurs clés, notamment sa reconnaissance en 2021 comme norme internationale ouverte par l’Union Internationale des Télécommunications (UIT-T), qui a été un catalyseur supplémentaire pour la croissaré la croissance expéau the scientist.

This growth now allows utilities and cities to be more connected and “smart” to improve services and sustainability by gathering, analyzing, and processing insights from big data. In addition, LoRaWAN’s low cost of ownership, low energy consumption, and high level of security also allow companies to reduce carbon emissions in various ways, which is especially important in companies, organizations and government agencies around the world.

There are currently 166 LoRaWAN network operators worldwide (according to the LoRa Alliance®), ensuring easy access through a number of highly resilient network models. These different public, private, hybrid and community network options ensure long-term viability that meets the needs of a rapidly growing and highly diversified market. This has led to significant growth in large-scale deployments, which are collectively driving the global digital transformation of the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and soon to become Industry 5.0, while delivering demonstrable environmental benefits, linked to rapid returns on investment.

Almost guaranteed growth

The continued success of any technology must be supported and nurtured by a large and diverse ecosystem. The widespread adoption of LoRa and LoRaWAN leads to a parallel development of the corresponding knowledge base. This large-scale deployment and implementation not only promotes innovation and diversity but also ensures that new and innovative products and services are developed by multiple vendors. This means that freedom of choice, comparison and economies of scale are not only facilitated, but also accessible to all, indicating that LoRaWAN will for a long time remain the undisputed market leader in the world of LPWAN options.

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