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LPWA Technologies for Smart Cities

smart cities-twireIndia’s e-infrastructure is slowly moving towards low‑power wide‑area (LPWA) technologies to enable Smart Street Lighting and Smart Metering.  With the usage of Low Power Wide Area network technologies  providing relatively higher  coverage with lesser power consumption, the m2m connectivity cost can come down substantially making it lucrative for industry verticals such as advanced healthcare, utilities and smart cities.  For that matter such technologies can be implemented in other cities having extensive street lighting network to reduce human intervention for more efficient and economical operations.

LPWA connections are forecast to have a high growth rate as part of the Internet of Things (IoT), growing from 11 million in 2014 to just over 5 Billion in 2022. largest revenue opportunities are being seen in Asia pacific. http://bit.ly/1lz8z2H.

Recently  Swiss u‑blox  and Atoll Solutions Pvt,  announced an  IoT starter kit based on LTE Cat M1 and Narrowband IoT (NB‑IoT) modules from u‑blox. The starter kit will enable the rapid development of IoT solutions, ready for deployment in a Smart Grid.

“Many leading cellular operators in India are already offering LTE Cat M1 and NB‑IoT support, with many more about to follow,” disclosed Rado Sustersic, Product Manager, Product Center Cellular at u‑blox.

The starter kit is supposed to provide a development platform for building solutions for smart street lighting and smart metering with future developments to include complete reference designs incorporating other u‑blox solutions, including Bluetooth Low Energy and GNSS modules.

Amongst other GNSS modules which may be catered for  in the design of chips, IRNSS module has to be integrated for Indian market by April 2018,  and likely to be mandated if we go by current provisions in draft version of AIS140. Though this mandate is necessary and in the national interest,  readiness of industry  for this mandate by the contemplated deadline of 2018  is rather uncertain.

 

 

 

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