Technology Overview

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of connected physical devices that exchange data with each other and systems over a communication network. Devices are generally embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies. IoT has diverse applications across many industries but can help organizations manage situations from a distance, cut operational costs, and make more informed decisions.


According to the LoRa Alliance:

“The LoRaWAN® specification is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) networking protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery operated ‘things’ to the internet in regional, national or global networks, and targets key Internet of Things (IoT) requirements such as bi-directional communication, end-to-end security, mobility and localization services.”

These devices can be simple and have a battery life of between three and twenty years. While LoRaWAN is great for range and power, it comes at the expense of data output. For example, this technology would not be a good fit for video streaming.

LoRaWAN data transmission works well for organizations in rural areas that want to take advantage of newer technology. It provides a secure, long-range, low-power wireless platform for the Internet of Things.

Smart City

A smart city uses technology like the Internet of Things to improve services and solve problems. By using a connected network of devices to monitor, analyze, and improve city operations, a smart city can increase efficiency, improve information sharing, and provide a better quality of government service and citizen welfare.

Smart cities integrate digital technologies into their networks, services, and infrastructure. Applications are numerous. Some examples include utility management, efficient ways to light and heat buildings, and better parking.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is the evolution beyond collecting meter readings only for billing purposes. AMI incorporates a system of smart meters, communication networks, and data management systems to retrieve and analyze numerous meter readings. The additional data can facilitate leak detection, process customer account transfers, and detect anomalies within customer usage.

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