The initial implementation began in Rotterdam and The Hague and on June 30, KPN, the company behind it, announced the deployment of a national network based on LoRa standard (long range, low data rate) wireless access. What are the advantages of LoRa?
- a supplement to the existing 2G, 3G and 4G networks
- easily accessible
- makes developing smart applications and solutions easier
- 1.5 million devices are already connected to it and the number will rise
- low power and energy consumption
- cost-effective network
- great for logistical processes (currently used at Schiphol airport and Utrecht central station)
We are only at the beginning, but the next industrial revolution is happening as we speak.
What does it mean for a typical citizen?
We will have connected homes and connected cars. Buildings we work in will be smart. Our gardens will be smart too, watering and fertilizing themselves. Fitness trackers will send data to our doctors. Before we put on clothes, we will try them on digitally in smart mirrors. Our devices will be connected to each other. And we will store it all in the cloud. The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020, there will be over 26 billion connected devices.
What IoT benefit are you looking forward to the most?