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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Poland rolls out a national LPWAN network for IoT

By Nick Flaherty

Polish Internet of Things (IoT) provider Netemera has teamed up with network provider Kerlink to roll out a nationwide low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) network for its 'Network for Machines'.

The network, based on the LoRaWAN technology of the worldwide LoRa Alliance, enables the cost-savings and energy-efficiency features required for rapid implementation of the IoT. Netemera will own and operate the network, allowing Polish companies to design and deploy connected devices for smart applications like water-and-electricity metering, air-quality monitoring, fleet management, parking, lighting and asset tracking.

Kerlink is supplying LoRa-capable gateways that are already deployed throughout the Polish capital, Warsaw, and its suburbs. 

In addition to developing network and application servers, Netemera develops dedicated IoT hardware and software and integrates third-party IoT devices and end-to-end solutions to give customers as much flexibility as possible when they implement the IoT. The company also will provide SMEs and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills to quickly become productive and innovative using the wide range of solutions available in the LoRa Alliance.

“Netemera’s Network for Machines already supports several proofs of concept in the field of smart cities, metering and tracking solutions, and offers opportunities for IoT vendors and application developers to test new products and apps,” said Laurent Thiriaux, CEO of Netemera. “Kerlink’s reliable, high-performance solutions and LoRaWAN will allow our customers to quickly and simply use the IoT for multiple applications.”

Netemera’s Network for Machines relies on Kerlink’s Wirnet iBTS gateways. “Installed with Netemera’s commitment to quickly deploy a nationwide IoT network in Poland, Kerlink’s solutions provide low-power, long-distance connectivity that Netemera’s customers and partners require,” said AurĂ©lien Seugnet, Kerlink Sales Representative Network Operators. “The reliability and top performance of the Wirnet iBTS and Wirnet iBTS Compact LoRaWAN gateways have been demonstrated by Kerlink partners in many countries, and are helping drive the company’s international expansion.”

The LoRa Alliance has nearly 500 members collaborating to drive successful adoption of the LoRaWAN protocol, simplifies deployment for virtually any network operator.

Netemera is looking for manufacturers, R&D institutions, solution providers and start-ups to create a strong ecosystem and to jointly accelerate development of innovative IoT solutions. It also expects to work with cities to become pioneering smart cities. Netemera’s Network for Machines is currently being deployed in the Poland’s 15 largest cities.

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