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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Weightless launches long range IoT basestation and development kit

By Nick Flaherty

Standards group Weightless has launched hardware and software for its Weightless-P low power, long range wireless technology for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Working with antenna specialist Antenova, the Special Interest Group has launched the 'Weightless Ignition Pack, provides Weightless-P network connectivity out of the box. The basestation uses an Altera FPGA to provide the low power wide area network (LPWAN) protocol handling. 
“We are delighted to see Weightless-P take this critical step forward in its evolution with hardware coming soon to the development community,” said Professor William Webb, CEO of the Weightless SIG. "The Weightless SIG is more than simply an open standards body, it is a strong and vibrant global community focused on LPWAN technology. We are delighted to be partnering with Antenova who bring world class antenna technology and capability to the Weightless ecosystem."

The packs include a Weightless-P base station, end device modules, antennas, a full Weightless-P protocol stack for the base station, end device and host as well as all necessary cabling. The pack will enable a Weightless-P IoT network to be deployed ‘out of the box’.

“We have been working for more than two years now on a technology that significantly moves the LPWAN game on,” said Fabien Petitgrand, technical representative for the Weightless SIG. "The Weightless Ignition Pack includes hardware and full Weightless-P software protocol stack combination delivering substantive improvements and competitive advantages over existing IoT connectivity options.”

The Weightless Ignition Pack (list price USD$1500) will be made available as part of a pre-launch offer on the Weightless website with a limited number offered to Weightless Developers free of charge at
Weightless-P is an Open Standard for a high capacity LPWAN that is designed for performance. It aims to become the de facto standard for public and private IoT networks.

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