Dutch telecoms giant KPN has announced that it will roll out Long Range (LoRa) wireless technology in 2015 to meet the high demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) era. LoRa technology is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless, battery-operated devices that use low bandwidth to occasionally (rather than constantly) send data over long distances; KPN uses real-time street-lighting as an example of a suitable application for the technology, adding that LoRa-based modules can operate on a single AA battery for up to ten years. The telco is one of the founding members of the LoRa Alliance, which aims to ‘develop the global standard for Low Power Wide Area Networks’.
The IoT is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing internet infrastructure. Typically, IoT offers advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine (M2M), and covers a variety of protocols, domains and applications.