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How Connectivity Leads to a Smarter Planet

  • SD-WAN

    As a society, we’re more connected than ever to one another, and with that, there becomes an increased demand for everything to be connected; enter IoT. Not only does IoT technology have the ability to make our daily lives more convenient, but there’s a number of industry use cases that show the positive impact technology can have to make jobs easier, more efficient and productive. But, all industries are not created equal and with challenging environments, the need for a flexible long range and low-power solution has emerged. From pollution control to smart building and home management, this type of technology is enabling the connection between remote point-of-use devices and low-power, wide-area networking (LPWAN) for delivery to analytics applications.

    Businesses and individuals alike are continuously looking to service on a larger scale. In order to successfully do this in an efficient and flexible manner, the proper IoT technology is critical in maintaining a lasting impact on these operations – whether that be in rural America, or at a national park in Tanzania. When providing an optimal solution that can be applied to a variety of industries, turning to long range, low-power IoT technology is important. This technology enables the real-time communication of data and analytics over a long range while using little power, ultimately leading to enhanced productivity and efficiency across the industries it’s applied to.

    Here are some examples of how long range, low-power IoT technology is connecting and benefiting our smart planet.

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  • Smart Buildings

    Smart Homes and Buildings

    While our homes and buildings are becoming smarter, the demand for long range capabilities is increasing. This is especially important in this industry as to the technology needs to be able to penetrate dense building materials. With the right type of sensors in place, building staff can remotely monitor structure safety, help people navigate dangerous areas by indicating the safest and nearest exit, and predict when maintenance is necessary.

  • Smart Agriculture

    Smart Agriculture

    In maintaining healthy crop and livestock, it’s imperative that environmental conditions are accurately measured, so farmers and ranchers can make adjustments accordingly. Many are turning to IoT technology, and low cost sensors in particular, to send data from the farm to the Cloud where it can be analyzed to improve operations. For example, a cow’s vitals and location can be monitored and alerts can be sent to denote any abnormalities, cattle location and health. Farmers are also using this technology to monitor various soil conditions like nutrient levels and moisture.

  • Smart Metering

    Smart Metering

    Traditional metering can be very challenging. Not only is operations labor intensive, but in locations where meters are in rural areas, indoors or even underground, reaching the wireless technology may be nearly impossible. Long range, low power IoT technology enables utility companies to remotely collect data and run operations more effectively. Smart metering solutions can more easily read and collect a building’s utility usage in real-time, maintenance costs can be decreased when real-time data from water systems is monitored, and energy can be monitored in large urban areas.

  • Smart Asset Tracking

    Smart Asset Tracking

    Remote monitoring is critical, especially when considering outdoor spaces or manufacturing settings which often times can span upwards of 100,000 square feet. From tracking a child’s location in an urban environment to capturing usage and location data from equipment in airports, there are serious benefits to wirelessly transmitting information. When implementing long range, low power IoT technology, assets can be remotely and accurately tracked, eliminating the risk of human error and reducing operational costs.

  • Smart environment

    Smart Environment

    Environmental indicators can be measured and analyzed in real-time when long range, low power IoT technology is implemented within a network of sensors and gateways across a particular region. With this, longstanding positive impacts can be had across our communities:  Rescue teams can communicate during natural disasters and power outages, endangered rhinos can be tracked and ultimately protected against poachers, and wastewater and groundwater systems are monitored to effectively address environmental regulations.

  • Smart healthcare

    Smart Healthcare

    When long range, low power IoT technology is implemented, smart healthcare applications can perform at a higher rate, and at a more affordable cost. For example, wearable tracking devices can now leverage geolocation features to track locations of patients with dementia, giving families and care givers peace of mind from a far. Additionally, hearing aids are now enabling support for multiple radio protocols in the 2.4GHz band, and can operate on a lower power.