All Smart City strategies have one thing in common: a nervous system of connected objects that gather and transmit data. These objects may do any number of things – monitor pollution levels, check water levels, measure noise levels, optimize garbage collection activities, support the smooth running of equipment, etc. But to communicate, these objects need a low-power network: the backbone of the Smart City. When the City of Calgary decided to build its own long-range, low-power network, it chose LoRa technology.
IoT, M2M & embedded solutions
The connected objects that are part of the IoT/M2M world have a vital need to communicate — it is their very essence. But they have some economic constraints, in terms of financial costs and energy consumption. Faced with these constraints, not all networks are equal. Here is an overview of the networks that underpin IoT/M2M.
Recent headlines like “Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What You Need to Know as Fallout Widens” and “Far more than 87m Facebook users had data compromised, MPs told” have people in a panic. Some are accessing their own metadata, shocked to learn how far their personal information can travel. Politicians are in a sweat, some because they must face their constituents’ fears, others facing their own ignorance of this hot-button issue.
For several years now, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been the talk of the technological town. The promise of connecting millions of devices, from toasters to automobiles, seems to be on the brink of materializing, as experts tout the advantages of interconnecting the objects that surround us. While the idea is appealing, its execution has left much to be desired, with many of the promises of interconnectivity not materializing. Could we now be witnessing a consolidation of the industry?