Semtech Corporation has announced the release of a commissioned white paper, “LoRa WAN and Multi-RAN Architecture Connecting the Next Billion IoT Devices,” from global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research. The report explores the rapid growth of massive Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and real world applications leveraging multi-RAN architectures.
Vertical market evaluation was a key component to the whitepaper
research. ABI Research found that the LoRaWAN
protocol is the leading license-exempt low-power wide-area (LPWA) network
technology addressing massive IoT vertical markets, which include metering, cities,
asset tracking and logistics, commercial building automation, and home. In
addition to vertical market overviews, the white paper explores five active
LoRaWAN network implementations based on multi-RAN architectures:
- Orange enables device
and data management for Cellular and non-Cellular LPWA network technologies, with the Orange Live
- JRI-MySirius uses sensors leveraging
LoRaWAN and a Cloud-based application platform to provide turnkey temperature
monitoring for fixed and mobile assets.
- Ercogener developed an
end-to-end asset tracking solution that supports the LoRaWAN protocol and is
leveraged by France’s national state-owned railway company.
- MultiTech’s programmable
gateway is the original gateway integrating LoRa® for industrial IoT
applications with support for Ethernet, 2G, 3G, 4G-LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth/BLE,
- Chevron implemented a LoRaWAN
network infrastructure to digitize a series of oil and gas fields.
“The future of IoT connectivity requires flexible solutions that address a wide spectrum of vertical IoT applications, use cases and device types,” says Marc Pegulu, Vice President of IoT Applications in Semtech’s Wireless & Sensing Products Group. “LoRa and the LoRaWAN open protocol enable interoperability and seamless connection between the many devices that can exist in a single environment. As a technology provider, our job is to create solutions that make deployment and use easier for people.”
The study concluded that LoRa devices will play an important role as a
key LPWA network technology now and in the future as the IoT continues to
connect physical devices to digital assets. Additional key takeaways
highlighted in the white paper include:
and non-cellular network technology will co-exist: In the
future, LoRaWAN and 5G will co-exist in the form of hybrid networks or multi-RAN
5G will take longer than expected: 5G is not capable of addressing
massive IoT in the near term. 5G networks and the device hardware supporting
the Release 17 specifications will not be commercially available until early
leads in LPWA technology: By 2026, LoRa is expected to be the leading
non-cellular LPWA network technology and will account for over a one-fourth
share of all LPWA network connections and more than half of all non-cellular
LPWA connections. Total
non-cellular LPWA connections in 2026 are expected to reach 1.3 billion.
is moving beyond enterprise applications: Consumer
applications leveraging LoRa are beginning to take off. Traditional
architecture is witnessing competition from LPWA network technologies,
providing direct device-to-Cloud connectivity for a growing number of smart