Semtech and Digimondo roll-out LoRaWAN™ IoT network in Germany
Digimondo launched low power wide area networks (LPWAN) over Nuremburg, Hamburg and Berlin and will demonstrate the Nuremburg network performance during the tradeshow by wirelessly tracking public transportation vehicles across the city. The vehicles’ movement will be displayed on a monitor.
Digimondo, started by E.ON in June 2015 to help digitalize the German energy industry, intends to launch an open LPWAN based on the LoRaWAN standardized specification that will enable innovative IoT applications, such as public transportation tracking, smart metering, air pollution measurement, boat tracking and more. The network infrastructure, which was tested in Hamburg and Berlin in 2015, has been approved for further deployments in Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne, as well as rural areas where volumes are secured. The network is expected to be open to outside enterprises by mid-2016.
Marcus Walena, CEO of Digimondo believes that LPWANs are the missing piece to enable IoT and digital smart city infrastructure in Germany. “It is Digimondo’s mission to provide Germany’s best and easiest to use LoRa LPWAN,” said Walena.
In addition to the demo, Microchip, a member of the LoRa™ Alliance will be giving away LoRa-based development kits connected to the Digimondo network during the Embedded World exhibition so attendees can evaluate the network’s performance.
Both Digimondo’s network and Microchip’s development kit are equipped with Semtech LoRa RF technology, which was developed to enable LPWANs and IoT applications. LoRa technology offers unprecedented range, battery life, penetrability and connectivity, and it has been implemented in a wide range of LPWAN and application deployments worldwide. LoRa technology is being used for agriculture monitoring, public safety, building and infrastructure management, water conservation, natural disaster tracking and more.