Modern life makes us wanting to be connected to everything, all the time. Fridges, TV’s, lights, coffee machines etc.… This is called the Internet of things, or IoT. Today, Wifi is the most common use of IoT devices but this requires a constant and reliable power source. Wifi was built for large amounts of data and therefore uses a lot of energy. Some connected devices are remote, and can only operate on batteries; therefore Wifi can’t be used by these devices.
Introducing LPWAN (Low-Power Wide Area Network). With LPWAN, data is sent at a lower bit rate to achieve the higher power efficiency. This power efficiency enables devices and sensors to communicate using only batteries. Typical lifespan of these batteries is around 2-5years. LPWAN is also able to support a greater number of connected devices than traditional mobile networks. This technology is perfect for remote devices that only operate on batteries. Imagine having to charge every connected IoT device once a week. This will surely decrease the ease of use, and with time they will not be used anymore.
The logical choice for our products was to make use of batteries and LPWAN. This means that the user will never have to charge the device and this improves the user friendliness.