pureIntegration, Actility develop LoRaWAN-based/RDK-B offering for cable industry to expand IoT networks

pureIntegration and Actility announced Tuesday that on the behalf of cable industry clients they have achieved commercial integration of a LoRaWAN-based solution on the RDK-B software platform. The solution will be demonstrated this week at the upcoming Mobile World Congress Americas conference.

RDK-B is the cable industry’s Reference Design Kit, a software platform specifically for broadband services. The platform is used by several operators and is a core element for delivering services. As operators move to offer IoT and Smart City services, they are in need of enablers to integrate LPWAN solutions.

The LoRaWAN specification, from the LoRa Alliance, is a global, open standard Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) solution for Internet of Things and smart city initiatives. It is intended to enable battery operated sensors and devices to communicate updates at very low data rates over long ranges and periods of time, which is ideal for many IoT applications.

LoRa technology is a two-way wireless RF platform that provides high range, battery life, penetrability and connectivity to enable LPWANs for IoT applications. LoRa-based LPWANs and compatible IoT products have been deployed by LoRa Alliance partners worldwide for next-generation agriculture monitoring, public safety, building and infrastructure management, smart cities, asset tracking, and more.

“We are excited to work with Actility and our cable clients to deliver innovative, new solutions,” says Chris Kocks, director of pureIntegration’s IoT Practice. “Our joint efforts will accelerate high-density network deployments by the operators, enabling them to seize a market leadership role in IoT services. The LoRaWAN specification is one of several wireless technologies we are working with to deliver IoT and Smart City solutions,” says Kocks. He adds, “Regional and global IoT solutions require hybrid wireless network options in many cases. The future will involve integrating low-power solutions on the same platform with low-latency high-data applications. It might also include coordination with 5G cellular or satellite networks depending upon the use case or best path for communication in a specific region of the world.”

Actility CEO Mike Mulica comments: “Collaborations like this clearly demonstrate how industrial IoT has now moved into a stage of widespread deployment to solve real problems and deliver concrete benefits. This high-density network solution will be a game changer for operators and connected communities, thanks to its dramatic reduction in the TCO of an IoT solution. We’re very excited to be working with pureIntegration to accelerate the deployment of seamless IoT networks that will let our customers focus on delivering business impact with solutions for end users.”


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