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Wednesday, June 27 • 11:00am - 11:45am
[IoT Ecosystem Theater] Understanding How Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) Brings IoT to Everyone

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In recent years, the cost of sensors has decreased and the network capabilities designed to connect these sensors have evolved.  As a result, businesses, campuses, and municipalities no longer face a question of whether a wide area IoT deployment is possible—instead, the biggest question is how to best implement wide area IoT solutions. 

Since the requirements for every IoT application are different, a connectivity strategy that may be ideal for one application may fail for another.  With the wrong network, application developers are at risk of offering an IoT solution that is either too expensive to manage or one that fails to meet objectives. LPWAN, or Low Power Wide Area Network, is a network category designed to operate with little power and send data over wide areas.  LPWAN works well in situations where small amounts of data need to be sent up to 30 miles from sensors that will be in place for up to 10 years.  It offers key benefits that include a long communications range, deep penetration indoors and underground, long-lasting batteries, the security of choosing a proven technology with an extensive global footprint, and cost-effective connectivity.

There are several LPWAN technologies in the market today, but one of the network protocols quickly gaining the most global traction is LoRaWAN.  In its May 2017 analysis of LPWAN technologies, Gartner recommended the development of LoRa-integrated solutions to minimize long-term viability risk and maximize market share potential.

In addition to selecting a network type with the right technical capabilities to support your IoT solution, you’ll also need to select a network service provider.  The attributes you’ll want to consider as you evaluate a network service provider include affordability, network maturity, reliability, and security. 

Attending this session will help you:

  • Know when—and why—to use cellular vs. LPWAN connectivity.
  • Understand the differences among LPWAN networks.
  • Develop a list of considerations for finding the network service provider that’s right for you.
  • Learn how other organizations and municipalities have used LPWAN to solve critical problems and build innovative and economically advantageous IoT solutions


Ross Gilson

Principal Engineer, Device Integration, Comcast machineQ
Ross is a principal engineer in Comcast’s MachineQ group focusing on LoRaWAN end devices through network server connectivity. After seeing typical errors made by different sensor companies he has contributed to the LoRaWAN spec to improve clarity. Ross was one of the early members... Read More →

Wednesday June 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am PDT
IoT Ecosystem Theater