TIME November 2016

Power to low-power

Low-power wide-area networks as enabler for smart ecosystems

Power to low-power

Power to low-power

As of today, smart ecosystems are limited to reaching their full potential based on the underlying connectivity technologies, such as fiber, cellular and Wi-Fi.

Due to their insufficient capabilities with respect to high energy consumption, cost of network roll-out and (hardware) investments, many important use cases (such as tracking, parking and lighting) are economically difficult to realize. Recently, a new alternative has seen the light of day, namely low-power, wide-area (LPWAN) technologies. In this viewpoint, we will present some of the emerging standards and examples in which LPWAN as the connectivity enabler can create significant benefits.

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