Partnership approach also sees the introduction of the world’s first “open value chain” LoRaWAN IoT network in Estonia
Large-scale low power wide Area network provider Actility has announced it is powering the roll-out of two more nationwide LoRaWAN networks. In Latvia, where it is working in partnership with Latvian telecommunications and IT provider Lattelecom, the company claims it is on course to make its capital city one of the smartest in Europe.
The second is in Estonia, where it has teamed up with Levikom, a wireless broadband, media and corporate IT infrastructure service provider to deploy what it describes as the world’s first “open value chain” Internet of Things (IoT) network.
Lattelecom, with the support of Actility has begun the roll out of a nationwide LoRaWAN network. It has already been tested in Riga, where full coverage will be deployed as the first stage of the project, aiming to make Latvia’s capital one of the smartest cities in Europe. Wider roll-out will continue based on interest from city authorities and enterprises, with national coverage expected to be completed in 2018.
“The new infrastructure will allow smart devices to be connected to a single network, enabling services like smart metering, utility network monitoring, remotely controlling street light, smart waste management and other city level services,” said Kerli Gabrilovica, chief development and marketing officer, Lattelecom. “Latvia’s capital has many advantages for introducing new technologies.”
In Estonia, the NORAnet network across the country will be upgraded to offer second generation carrier-grade IoT connectivity services with multiple radio access, enabling high-value geolocation services powered by LoRa devices and wireless technology from Semtech.
A key focus of Levikom’s IoT roadmap will be smart utilities: smart metering and smart energy applications for electricity, gas, water and heating companies. Semtech is also supporting Levikom in finding appropriate solutions to deliver the connectivity services for utility companies to meet their stringent requirements.
“We expect to launch our second-generation core network together with our first residential IoT services in March,” added Toomas Peek, chairman of Levikom. “The upgrade of the existing LoRaWAN radio network with new base stations and further country-wide roll-out will not be a big challenge for Levikom, as we are installing most of the LPWAN gateways into the existing wireless broadband sites.”
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