Several top brands join LoRa Alliance at leadership levels

Several top brands join LoRa Alliance at leadership levels

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By Wisse Hettinga

Members at these levels drive the work and direction of the LoRa Alliance and development of the LoRaWAN standard. The latest additions, says the organization, confirm continued momentum for LoRaWAN as the global de facto LPWAN standard.

New Sponsor-level members include Amazon and German energy distributor Netze BW GmbH, while new Contributor-level members include Arduino SA, Dish Network, Intel, Tata Communications and more. Sponsor-level members are eligible to be elected to the Board of Directors, participate in voting for Board seats, participate in all committee work and have voting rights at the committee level, while Contributor-level members are eligible to participate in all committee work and have voting rights at the committee level.

“The LoRa Alliance supports more than 3,000 members from more than 500 companies in the development and ongoing innovation of the LoRaWAN specifications and Certification program, in addition to actively marketing the standard via news, articles, speaking and tradeshow exhibition opportunities,” says Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “We bring together the ecosystem to partner, collaborate and share information. As an open, non-profit member-driven organization, all of our sponsor and contributor members have an equal voice and vote in defining our activities. It is a huge endorsement of the LoRa Alliance to have so many recognized global brands coming on board from all areas of the IoT ecosystem to advance our work and technology.”

Nick Lechner, Manager of the LoRaWAN Project, Netze BW adds, “As the operator of energy networks in Baden-Württemberg, we want to use LoRaWAN both for smart utility use cases and to provide capacities especially for Smart City applications. Being a member of the LoRa Alliance supports us in implementing our plans.”

Alok Bardiya, Head – Internet of Things (Business Unit), Tata Communications says, “We are committed to developing an IoT ecosystem in India, bringing all the various players with this space – from developers, start-ups, device manufacturers etc. under one system to provide end-to-end IoT solutions to Indian customers. With the largest IoT network based on LoRaWAN technology in India, we are excited about the opportunity that this network enables in terms of improving worker safety, saving energy costs by smart lighting or even asset and energy monitoring. We also look forward to building more solutions that integrate across platforms, networks and devices.”

Fabio Violante, CEO of Arduino adds, “Arduino is the largest open source hardware and software community in the world. For the past few years Arduino has been on a journey to make available its hardware and IoT Cloud platforms not only to makers and educators but also to enterprises, by releasing several families of connected products designed for IoT applications. In this scenario long range and low power connectivity plays a fundamental role. By joining the Lora Alliance, Arduino aims at further developing the IoT sector and contribute to the widespread adoption of LoRaWAN on a global scale.”

The LoRaWAN standard is designed to wirelessly connect battery-operated “things” to the internet in regional, national, or global networks to deliver actionable data and improve efficiencies. It targets key IoT requirements such as bidirectional communication, end-to-end security, mobility, and localization services.

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