In recent years, the development of smart city has allowed us to fully experience the conveniences, such as the ubiquitous sharing of bicycles, traffic monitoring software, navigation software, smart meter reading and so on. The degree of urbanization in the future is getting to a higher level, and the intelligence of a city is closely related to the quality of people’s living conditions. In this way, smart city has become a fundamentally essential target on our future roadmap.

Battle for LPWAN Technology

As an emerging technology, LPWAN is considered to play a leading role in the smart city builder. LPWAN technology is a new wireless communication solution that can solve many unmet needs, but the current LPWAN market has emerged a variety of different technology genres, of which NB-IoT and eMTC will be adopted by operators, while LoRa is mainly used in enterprise-level applications. In addition, other LPWAN technologies such as Sigfox and RPMA have their own advantageous features. With the development of the Internet of Things industry, the battle for LPWAN communication technology will also start.

Market for LoRa Technology

As an enterprise-level application solution, LoRaWAN® technology will also have many application scenarios in smart cities, with LoRaWAN® technology and cellular technology still complementing each other. In the future construction of smart cities, smart meter reading, smart parking, environment monitoring, intelligent manhole covers, and intelligent street lights are all potential markets for LoRaWAN® technology.

LoRaWAN® Wireless Solutions

Smart Meter Reading

In the smart meter reading solution, water, electricity, gas, heat and other meter terminals upload data to the local LoRaWAN® base station through the LoRaWAN® communication module, and a LoRaWAN® base station can control thousands or even tens of thousands of terminals. Then the base station will upload the data to the network server via cellular network.

Smart Street Light

In smart street lights application, the architecture of LoRaWAN® solution is similar to that of common meter reading. The data of each node needs to be collected by the LoRaWAN® base station and be uploaded to the cloud to implement the alarming notification, security monitoring, emergency call functions and the like.

Smart Cold Chain

In smart cold chain application, temperature and humidity information is collected through various data collectors with LoRa transmission modules, and then is uploaded to the LoRa gateway and Cloud via cellular network, so that customers can remotely monitor the status at any time and any place.

Future for Smart City

Certainly, the future of smart city applications will extend to all aspects of our lives and LPWAN technologies such as LoRa and NB-IoT will help cities become smarter.

At present, LoRa is a quite mature and stable narrow-band IoT communication technology. However, communication deployment for LoRa technology is somewhat difficult, for example, the cycle is long, and the entry requirement is highly cost. In order to lower difficulties for entrepreneurs entering the Internet of Things industry, URSALINK provides multiple choices to meet the market needs. For instance, LoRaWAN® starter kits for different industries and LoRaWAN® remote I/O to connect with legacy sensors to work in a LoRaWAN® network system.