Senet, a North American provider of public, LoRa based, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for Internet of Things (IoT) applications announced this week availability of the Senet IoT Foundry, a suite of development services for developers of IoT sensor-based solutions. The offerings are designed to help developers in startups as well as established companies accelerate the commercialization of LoRa-based LPWAN products and solutions.
The advent of LPWAN connectivity enables a whole new set of innovative business cases for solving customer problems. As an early leader in LPWAN technology, Senet will accelerate and boost the growth of the LoRa ecosystem by way of these new service offerings.
Senet is a contributing member of the LoRa Alliance and has been active on all of the Alliance committees since its inception. Senet was the first in North America to gain FCC certification on LoRa-based sensors and gateways. This had led to a large repertoire of high-level designs, best practices, and development tools that can benefit other ecosystem partners.
The Foundry services are available now and are offered at Senet’s Portsmouth, NH headquarters. Due to its depth of expertise, Senet is in a unique position to be able to offer training, development tools, a network sandbox, and technical consulting services that help IoT solution developers create and launch LoRa compliant IoT products and applications in record time.
The services can be tailored to address hardware and/or firmware development projects. Customers can choose to follow The Foundry’s four-step development program, or pick and choose the services they need most.
The Foundry’s four-step program includes an introductory LPWAN and LoRaWAN Training Lab for two days; Product Ideation and Design Kickoff for one week; ckmplete product development consulting for a period of two months; followed by certification readiness on both LoRaWAN and FCC for one week each.
“As Senet has been aggressively addressing network coverage and growth, we recognized early on that we have a responsibility and an opportunity to help our partners in the LoRa ecosystem bring their solutions to market quickly,” said George Dannecker, President and CEO of Senet. “Startup companies and even large enterprises may not have availability of the full range of skills required to be able to deliver vertically complete IoT solutions to their customers. Senet can help these companies significantly reduce the time and effort to get to market, enabling solution vendors to solve their customers’ problems faster.”
“Solutions that leverage LPWAN connectivity are the newest, and potentially most innovative, in the IoT market,” said Dima Tokar, co-founder and CTO of IoT research firm MachNation. “Many of the early solutions originated in Europe and have not yet entered the North American market. Senet has led the way in North America by offering the first public LoRa network and now they are offering their expertise to help developers accelerate solutions to market. This strikes me as a win-win situation for the LoRa ecosystem and for the end customers who will be the ultimate beneficiaries.”