If there was one constant at the 8th Annual LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting (AMM) at the historic Franklin Center of downtown Philadelphia, it was the steady stream of visitors to Senet’s demonstrations in the LoRaWAN Open Market Place – a showcase of products, presentations and demos from the LoRa Alliance ecosystem.
Thanks to top notch organization by the LoRa Alliance, the All Members Meeting provided Senet, and our ecosystem partners, the opportunity to demonstrate why LoRaWAN is one of the fastest growing technologies in IoT.
Consistently confirmed as the leader in LoRa LPWAN deployments, Senet was the only company at the three-day show with experience operating and scaling a public network. This set the stage for the announcement of our Managed Network Services for IoT (MNSI) and one-of-a-kind demonstrations of key network features, including firmware over-the-air updates.
Senet Offers Turnkey LoRaWAN Services for Network Operators and Solution Providers
According to the LoRa Alliance, its members, along with their partners and customers, are rapidly deploying the LoRaWAN protocol, including 42 publicly announced operators – a 3.5x increase in one year! This audience provided an excellent setting for Senet to launch our MNSI – a portfolio of cloud-based solutions for the addition of LoRaWAN connectivity and core operations, and business systems to global network operators and solution provider offerings.
This announcement is part of Senet’s strategy of enabling Communication Service Providers (CSP), cable multiple-system operators (MSO) and application providers to monetize the explosion of sensors and connected devices across global markets.
True Over-The-Air Firmware Updates
During the conference, five companies successfully demonstrated they could deliver large files over LoRaWAN to multiple devices. But it was our demonstration that showed how operational code could be modified on several devices, illustrating actual firmware-updates-over-the-air.
Senet and our partners showcased this in two demonstrations: one with Semtech where a 100 Kbyte image file with forward error correction was downloaded, and a second with Sagemcom that downloaded and “swapped in” a new, executable firmware image.
These demonstrations, combined with the LoRa Alliance announcement that specifications for LoRaWAN 1.1 and Backend-Interfaces 1.0 have been finalized and will be transitioning through phase-gate process this fall, created a buzz and excitement felt throughout the three-day conference.
Other essential takeaways from the LoRa Alliance AMM include:
- A noticeable increase in momentum in the North American markets from the event one year ago
- Dozens of new LoRa end-devices for the North American markets are now available
- There was a lot of activity around water and gas meters – see Senet’s announcement with LoRa Alliance member Mueller Systems
- Several new LoRaWAN operators are launching in Canada and many application providers from Europe and Asia are looking to enter the U.S. market
With adoption rates increasing, continuing infrastructure advancements and innovative end devices covering larger numbers of applications, it is clear the LoRa ecosystem has grown into a mass movement enabling the Internet of Things (IoT).
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IoT Evolution Expo, July 17 – 20, 2017, Las Vegas, NV
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