KPN comes with long distance connections for smart devices




KPN has set up a network to allow so-called Lora connections. This can eg cars and garbage containers connect to other devices via low frequency long distance with little data capacity.

KPN KPN is planning to set up the Lora network this year, already know the provider not know exactly how the network will be set up. “We are now working on the development of the protocol, along with Lora Alliance,” said spokesman Nienke Faster. So does the provider ensure that the network is compatible with networks of other providers.

The Lora network is intended for devices that are not constantly connected to the Internet have hooves, but who only occasionally need to transmit data. This can be in cars; carriers could track the position of their vehicles. Flexible streetlights that can be put on or off remotely and smart bins that can pass when they are full, are among the possibilities.

At present, KPN, like other providers already m2m applications over existing 2G, 3G and 4G networks, but the benefit of Lora-compounds is that they hid much less energy. A device with a connection can Lora according to KPN ten years working on a simple AA battery. However, the maximum throughput is limited, amounting to a maximum of 50 kilobits per second. This, incidentally, still twice as fast as GPRS.

It is not yet known what an Lora connection will cost and at what frequency KPN will offer connections, although it will be at least on a public frequency. KPN therefore no longer need to have a license.

Users will need to purchase equipment that is compatible with the network; currently support is not widespread. The network is designed primarily for business customers; KPN does not yet know whether it will offer consumers the art, for example to establish smart refrigerators to the Internet.


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