Enabling wide area IoT solutions with machineQ, a Comcast service
In recent years, the cost of sensors has decreased and the network capabilities designed to handle sensor data have evolved to meet application needs. As a result, the question for companies, businesses, organizations, and municipalities is no longer whether an IoT (Internet of Things) deployment is possible —instead, the question is how to implement wide area IoT solutions. Since each IoT solution has different requirements, a connectivity strategy that may be ideal for one application may not meet the needs for another. Selecting the wrong network puts the business at risk of offering an IoT solution that is either too expensive to manage (connectivity or battery cost) or one that fails to meet objectives.
An LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) is an IoT network category designed to operate with minimal power while sending data over wide areas. LPWANs work well in situations where small amounts of data need to be sent long distances, or deep underground, from sensors that will be in place in the field for many years. It offers key benefits that include long range communications, deep penetration indoors and underground, long battery life, cost-effective connectivity, and the security of choosing a proven technology with an extensive global footprint.