SK Telecom have announced the completion of the nationwide deployment of Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN)* in South Korea based on LoRa technology; the launch of price plans for LoRa-based IoT services; and its plans to vitalize the IoT ecosystem.
The company finished building LoRaWAN across the country by end of June, six months earlier than its initial schedule, covering 99 percent of the population. By securing both nationwide LTE-M and LoRaWAN, which are two main pillars of the IoT network, SK Telecom said that it is now fully ready to create valuable business opportunities in the IoT era. The company had completed nationwide LTE-M rollout in March, 2016.
To promote the growth of the IoT market, SK Telecom plans to offer attractive price plans and develop innovative IoT services, while offering strong support for SMEs. To this end, the company will invest a total of KRW 100 billion by the end of 2017. It expects these efforts to lead to rapid expansion of the IoT industry by connecting over 4 million things to its IoT-dedicated networks by the end of 2017.
SK Telecom unveiled new price plans for LoRaWAN-based IoT services. The “Band IoT” plans come in six different tiers – i.e. from Band IoT 35 (approx. USD 0.3) priced at KRW 350 to Band IoT 200 priced at KRW 2,000(approx. USD 1.75) – depending on data use (refer to table 1) to allow SK Telecom’s customers – both enterprises and individuals – to choose one that suits the needs of their services. The Band Lora plans are highly affordable – costing merely one-tenth of SK Telecom’s LTE-based IoT services – and thus are expected to support active development and provision of diverse IoT services by easing the cost burden of startups and SMEs. The company is also offering diverse discount benefits for enterprise customers depending on their contract period and the number of lines they use.
For instance, a gas meter, which transmits relatively a small amount of data can be used by signing up for Band IoT 35, while a service that requires real-time communication like lighting control service can be used by signing up for Band IoT 200.
Considering the characteristics of the LPWA network, SK Telecom plans to develop services in the areas of metering, tracking and monitoring.
In the area of metering, the company is currently focusing on Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)*, which enables the utilities companies to not only accurately measure/monitor usage but also control the metering devices. SK Telecom has been conducting a pilot project on AMI with SK E&S since November 2015, and plans to expand the service coverage to more regions of the country in July 2016. Going forward, the company will launch AMI services for other utilities including water and electricity.
* Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is an architecture for automated, two-way communication between a smart utility meter with an IP address and a utility company. AMI is expected to enhance user convenience and safety through its sophisticated remote metering & control features as well as automatic safety capabilities.
SK Telecom is also developing in tracking services to identify and track the location of vehicles, people/things, and assets. In cooperation with the local governments, the company plans to launch “Safe Watch,” a wearable designed to enhance the safety of children and the elderly in July 2016.
Moreover, SK Telecom will offer monitoring services capable of controlling and managing manufacturing/public/commercial facilities. For instance, monitoring service for a company that has a large-scale production facility will ensure that the equipment within the facility are operated in an optimal manner and the production environment is kept safe at all times. Environmental monitoring of CO2 concentration, temperature/humidity, as well as hazardous substances – e.g., measuring concentration levels of radon in the atmosphere and soil – can also be provided. In August 2016, SK Telecom will start an environmental monitoring service at Changjo (Creative) Village in Sejong.
Furthermore, the company plans to launch a total of 20 LoRa-based IoT services by the end of 2016, including a manhole monitoring service (in September) and a real-time shared parking service (in October).
Besides developing and launching IoT services of its own, SK Telecom will be making multifaceted efforts to vitalize the IoT ecosystem by encouraging the participation of developers, SMEs and startups. To this end, the company plans to set up a comprehensive program named ‘Partner Hub Program’ to nurture partners. Through the program, SK Telecom will share its expertise and knowhow, provide training and conduct joint development/ marketing.
To support the development of IoT services and devices, SK Telecom will create a space called ‘IoT Open Testbed’ for SMEs and startups at its Bundang Building to offer a one-stop development environment – which encompasses network, device and platform – for IoT services. At IoT Open Testbed, SMEs and startups will be able to verify their IoT devices, carry out tests to check interworking between their device and the IoT network/platform, and receive technical/service consultation.
SK Telecom also began providing LoRa modules free of charge on July 1, 2016. Aimed at facilitating the development and launch of LoRa services, the company will provide a total of 100,000 units of LoRa modules for free. Also, the low cost of the LoRa module – which is just one-fifth of that of an existing LTE module – will contribute to the development of the wide variety of IoT devices.
“SK Telecom is proud to announce the nationwide deployment of LoRaWAN as it marks the first important step towards realizing connectivity between infinite number of things, going beyond the traditional role of telecommunications centered on connectivity between people,” said Lee Hyung-hee, President of Mobile Network Business at SK Telecom. “Going forward, SK Telecom will develop and offer a wide variety of IoT services designed to offer new value for customers, while working closely with partners including SMEs and startups to vitalize the IoT ecosystem.”
Source: SK Telecom
According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of wireless IoT devices in industrial automation reached 14.3 million in 2015. The number of wireless IoT devices in automation networks will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.7 percent to reach 62.0 million by 2021.
There is a wide range of wireless technologies used in industrial automation with different characteristics and use cases. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most widespread technologies in factory automation while cellular connectivity typically is used for remote monitoring and backhaul communication between plants.
The increasing popularity of Ethernet based networks in factory automation is one of the key drivers for the popularity of Wi-Fi in such applications. 802.15.4 based standards such as WirelessHART and ISA100.11a are major contenders at the field level in process automation networks. The emerging area of Low Power Wide Area Networking (LPWAN) is a promising alternative in remote monitoring applications.
The wireless IoT device market is served by a multitude of players from various backgrounds including global automation solution providers, automation equipment and solution vendors, industrial communication specialists and IoT communication specialists. Emerson, Honeywell, GE and Yokogawa are leading vendors of 802.15.4 devices in industrial automation. Siemens, Cisco, Belden, Moxa, Schneider Electric and Eaton are major vendors of Wi-Fi devices while Eaton, GE and Sierra Wireless are important vendors of cellular devices for industrial automation applications.
Higher levels of automation and IoT solutions enable shorter lead times, lower inventories, increased throughput as well as more flexibility and the ability to respond faster to changing customer needs. “Wireless communication and industrial IoT solutions can provide integration of different automation systems as well as enterprise systems which enables supply chains to be lean, even with a complex mix of products and output levels” said Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. “Connected automation solutions also open up the possibility for entirely new business and service models which can give companies a much needed competitive edge in today’s manufacturing landscape”, concluded Mr. Svanberg.
Source: Berg Insight
New Smart Parking by Libelium includes Double Radio with LoRaWAN and Sigfox.
New surface parking device-with LoRaWAN and Sigfox- features smaller size, higher accuracy and faster time of detection facilitating lower installation costs.
Today at Intertraffic, Libelium has presented the new version of Waspmote Plug&Sense! Smart Parking, the solution for Smart Cities that allows citizens to detect available parking spots.
The new device is easier and cheaper to deploy as it is mounted on the road surface. Unlike most market versions, it does not need to dig a hole in the ground for installation reducing installation time from 30 to 5 minutes and allowing to be replaced by another unit in case of maintenance in just 10 minutes.
The new device has a smaller size -reduced over 50%-, higher accuracy and reliability, and faster time of detection. Besides, temperature does not affect the behaviour of readings.
New sensor system is fully compatible with LPWAN radio technologies –LoRaWANand Sigfox– to enable long range and low power consumption. It can be connected with both radios for the European 868 MHz band and for the 900-930 MHz band (US/Canada). One unique feature of the system is that it allows to use both radio technologies at the same time or change from one to another easily from the Cloud.
With the new sensor system, one base station can give service to thousands of devices around a range of several kilometers in urban environment. This fact provides lower costs of installation since the number of base stations can be dramatically reduced. Besides, the new sensor model has been optimized for really low-power operation, so the battery lifetime is extended up to 10 years easily.
The new parking node has been certified with the CE/FCC/IC marks and provides a robust software which works out-of-the-box. Developers do not need to programme the nodes but specify the values of key parameters in the firmware such as working cycle or night mode to be ready to work. Remote management and bidirectional communication allows to change several parameters of the nodes from the Cloud. This means that thousands of nodes can be reprogrammed just setting the right values from our web browser in the management platform.
With Smart Parking, Libelium global Smart Cities solution covers gas and noise pollution levels, water quality control and waste management.
Waspmote sensors integrate new LPWAN radio module for large-scale IoT deployments worldwide
Libelium has released a new radio module bringing LoRa Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) wireless connectivity to Waspmote Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for applications that require low-energy, long-range data transmission on a large scale.
Protocols known as Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) are accelerating smart city and IoT deployments in Europe, Asia, and North America. Semtech’s open LoRaWAN standard is the backbone for many IoT uses that require bidirectional data communication and geolocation information. Libelium LoRaWan sensors send information to base stations in the field, and have successfully completed tests on Kerlink LoRa base stations for 868 MHz bands operating in Europe, on the 900 MHz band for the U.S., and for the 433 MHz band connectivity used in China, Japan and Korea.
Waspmote Plug & Sense! features LoRaWAN Connectivity
How it works:
“Waspmote sensor nodes are extremely energy efficient, intended for massive deployments in cities and the industrial IoT,” said David Gascón, Libelium CTO and co-founder. “Our sensor platform is a perfect fit for purpose-built LoRaWAN, designed to carry complex data that characterizes Smart Cities applications, and thereby enable connectivity for the billions of devices and sensors predicted for the IoT.”
Libelium’s LoRaWAN radio module is fully integrated with the Waspmote sensor platform and is also available as an upgrade for all existing Waspmote sensor devices. Waspmote Plug & Sense! devices offer easy network configuration for smart cities applications to monitor environmental factors, noise pollution, water quality, as well as parking, and smart lighting applications. Paired with Libelium’s LoRaWAN module, Waspmote Plug & Sense! received CE marking earlier this month, making it the first horizontal sensor platform certified for use in Europe.
Waspmote LoRaWAN Integration
Libelium is a member of the LoRa Alliance, and is building an ecosystem with partners providing LoRaWAN solutions that are compatible with Waspmote. In addition to Kerlink gateway compatibility as a turnkey solution, Waspmote LoRaWan sensors offer out-of-the-box connectivity with Actility, and network deployment and management capability with Loriot and Orbiwise backends. Please consult Libelium’s commercial department for further information.
Technical Characteristics – Waspmote + LoRaWAN Integration
|Key Features||Why it Matters|
|Libelium LoRaWAN radio module supports 868 MHz band (Europe); 433 MHz band (China, Japan, Korea), and will feature 900 MHz band support in 2016 (North America).||Many Smart Cities and Industrial IoT applications require low bandwidth data transmission over distances, both indoors and outdoors, often in areas of high electromagnetic interference. Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensors and the Libelium LoRaWAN radio module received CE marking on the 868 MHz band, in November 2015. Certifications for the U.S. version are currently in progress.|
|Embedded radio module in Waspmote sensor nodes sends information directly to base stations.||Fast response, and simple, immediate network setup to connect devices to the LoRaWAN IoT network.|
|Secure IP connection assured between devices, base stations, and Cloud servers. Accounts activated with strong, unique API keys.||Secure authentication maintains data integrity and privacy of information transmitted by the sensor nodes, and also when data are stored on servers, gateways, and the Cloud.|
|Extensive documentation, tutorials and LoRaWAN developer kits are available for Waspmote OEM & Waspmote Plug and Sense! devices.||Waspmote is a complete technology platform for the IoT, integrating any sensor, any communication protocol, and any Cloud system. Waspmote OEM is oriented to developers for prototyping, pilot projects and proofs of concept; The Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensor line is an out-of-the-box solution pre-configured for quick deployment of IoT, Smart Cities, and M2M services and applications.|
|Libelium LoRaWAN is also available for the OEM / DIY platforms Arduino and Raspberry Pi.||Arduino and Raspberry Pi are key learning platforms for the IoT, widely available at low cost, and offering options for IT professionals to participate in the IoT and add IoT electronics
technology skills to their resumes.
Solution reduces congestion and cuts cost in Belarusian capital
Telensa, which provides end-to-end smart city solutions using its low-power wide-area UNB wireless technology, today announced a major new smart parking deployment in Minsk, Belarus.
The deployment, led by Russian partner Gorizont-Telecom will lead to smart parking technology in more than 3,000 parking spaces across the capital. The solution has been built on Telensa UNB wireless technology, which combines the virtues of long range, proven scalability, low cost and very long sensor battery life.
The solution involves small battery-powered sensors set into the road surface of each street parking space. These sensors detect when a vehicle is parked above them and wirelessly communicate with laptop-sized Telensa base stations, each of which looks after thousands of sensors over a range of up to 8 kilometres. The sensors have a battery life of 5 years, even in the challenging low temperatures of a Minsk winter.
The real-time occupancy data from the sensors is used to inform three cloud-based systems. The central administration system provides the city with detailed analytics on capacity trends and bottlenecks, the phone app helps citizens find spaces and so reduces pollution, and the civil enforcement officer app reduces the cost of enforcement by directing officers to precisely where infringements are taking place in real time.
The Minsk project follows established deployments in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan in Russia and Shenzhen in China. Moscow is already the world’s largest bay sensor deployment and has the potential to cover 70,000 spaces. Telensa technology was chosen to replace several previous systems because of its proven reliability and low cost.
Telensa smart city solutions are built on its ultra-narrow band (UNB) wireless technology, which is the only low-power wide-area (LPWA) network deployed at commercial scale. Covering a city of 1 million people in less than a week, Telensa UNB is the ideal platform for a range of low-cost smart city control applications such as smart parking, smart street lighting and environmental monitoring. Telensa is the world #1 in smart street lighting.
Telensa CEO Will Gibson said, “Smart city applications won’t become ubiquitous until a multi-purpose wireless technology emerges that can be deployed easily, that works reliably at massive scale and that delivers a compelling business case. Telensa UNB increasingly looks like the catalyst to make all cities smart and we’re delighted to see Minsk and Gorizont at the forefront of this movement.”
Telensa makes wireless smart city control applications that actually work. They include the world’s most widely deployed smart streetlight solution, with integrated IoT sensors available such as traffic and weather. The company’s smart parking solution also includes some of the world’s largest deployments including Moscow and Shenzhen.
Fundamental to Telensa’s success is its Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) radio system, which has the unique combination of low cost, long range, long battery life and 2-way communication for massive numbers of devices. With over 9 million devices across 30 countries it is easy to see why UNB is fast becoming the deployment standard for smart city control applications. (www.telensa.com)
Together with industry leaders including Cisco, Accenture and BT, Telensa is a founding member of the Wireless Internet of Things Forum (WIoTF). Created to drive standards adoption and establish common wide area smart city approaches, the WIoTF is committed to uniting the growing ecosystem and accelerating the adoption of wide-area wireless IoT. (www.wireless-iot.org)