Holland takes a huge step into the future and becomes the first country to launch a nationwide LoRa network for enabling Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This will help in transforming businesses and more importantly, transforming lives.
What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?
The concept of IoT is an emerging technology and has already made its entrance in our lives; cloud computing being the most prominent of them all.
In simple terms, IoT is an interesting combination of networking and data analysis. The IoT will enable devices to ‘communicate’ with each other and create endless virtual opportunities and connections. It will help save time, and hence make everything from business to everyday life, more efficient.
The data collected through this network will not only transform business, but on a larger scale will be a huge step towards creating ‘smart’ cities, and eventually a smarter world.
The IoT will help people in all aspects of life from giving the best routes to travel through, to instructing the coffee maker to brew some coffee; the possibilities of this network are endless.
How does the LoRa Network help?
The LoRa network is intended for wireless battery operated devices, and caters to the key requirements of IoT like secure bi-directional communication, mobility and localization services. This network will eliminate the need for a local Wi-Fi connection for devices to transfer data between them. This also eliminates the issue of distance between the communicating devices, and everything from coffee makers, lamps, headphones to machinery will be a part of this network.
The Dutch telecommunications company, KPN undertook the project of fitting existing mobile transmission towers with LoRa gateways and antennas; thus, creating a network of IoT dedicated devices. This network has a long range and requires very little power for its working.
The Network In Holland
KPN’s low- data- rate communications was initially implemented in Rotterdam and The Hague in November 2015, and took about eight months to spread across the country. The network has about 1.5 million objects on it, and the number is gradually growing because of the nature of IoT.
At the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s busiest air hubs has the IoT network for baggage handling. At the same time, at the Utrecht rail station the LoRa network is helping in connect all railway switches so that they can be monitored centrally, and at the port of Rotterdam, depth sounders have been outfitted with sensors to help them connect to the network.
With the wide range of possibilities, the IoT is definitely taking us a step closer into an automated future, and Holland has certainly led the way.
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