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LoRaWAN plays key role in connected smart infrastructure, says LoRa Alliance report

LoRaWAN plays key role in connected smart infrastructure, says LoRa Alliance report

The global association of companies supporting the LoRaWan standard for IoT LPWans reports “robust adoption” and increasing maturity in its latest study.

LoRaWan is experiencing significant global deployment growth in various industries such as smart buildings, utilities, cities, agriculture and industry, as highlighted in the 2023 end of year report.

According to Donna Moore, CEO of the LoRa Alliance, in 2023, widespread adoption of LoRaWAN in key end markets like cities, buildings and utilities led to large-scale deployments, driving innovation in various use cases.

“Confidence in LoRaWan was further reinforced through our Accredited Professional programme, which addresses end users’ desire for a way to evaluate vendors’ knowledge of the development and implementation of LoRaWan,” says Moore. “As the leader in global LPWAN deployments, we anticipate an even stronger year in 2024.”

The trends say that the alliance’s collaborative ecosystem continues to diversify, fueling end-to-end IoT. Successful deployments drive strong ROI, facilitating faster decision-making for new users and projects.

The study notes that LoRaWan-certified end devices are in high demand for smart cities, as they meet sustainability, efficiency and quality of life requirements. In Industry 5.0, LoRaWan has taken a leadership position.

Collaboration between end users, system integrators, and providers leads to exponential benefits and return on investment (ROI) in LoRaWAN deployments. LoRaWAN is the leading technology in the satellite-based LPWAN communications market, with multiple member companies offering satellite networking and witnessing rapid growth in the sector, the findings also note.

Two technical recommendations were released last year to enhance LoRaWan functionality. These include using CSMA to boost network capacity and enabling multicast D2D communication for direct device-to-device communication.

In 2023, multiple FAQ documents were released to improve users’ comprehension of recent advancements in the LoRaWAN specification. The report says these enhancements encompassed the payload codec API, relay, IPv6 adaptation layer and security.

According to the findings, additional reporting features, including pre-testing of firmware updates over the air (FUOTA) and relay specifications using the LoRaWAN Certification Test Tool (LCTT), were enabled.

The alliance’s Interoperability Work Group created tools and procedures to certify interoperability between LoRaWan elements, building a testbed architecture.

The report also noted that Beecham Research conducted a study on networking technologies for smart cities, buildings, and utilities and released two reports offering insights into the IoT landscape in these markets.

According to Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO and chief analyst at Beecham Research, the IoT industry witnessed global growth in 2023, with LoRaWan emerging as the leading LPWAN technology.

Its well-established ecosystem, active participation of system integrators and providers, and extensive features like satellite connectivity contribute to its projected growth and success, Duke-Woolley says.

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