A National LoRaWAN IoT Network
For The Benefit of Users, Solution Providers and New Zealand

Scaling Up IoT With a National LoRaWAN Network

 

IoT applications have proven themselves technically and commercially within New Zealand.  LoRaWAN is the preferred communications system for many of these due to inherent advantages of low cost and speed to market.  These advantages have encouraged a diverse group of users, solution providers and community groups to innovate.

However, this diversity of user groups is arguably holding back progress.  Small local networks prevent devices from operating nationally and add unnecessary cost to new deployments.  Greater success will be achieved by collaboration and cooperation at the network level to achieve a truly national capability.  Read the the article links below for more detail of how this can be achieved

For IoT Customers

Your goal is reliable application operation.

You want devices to operate wherever your work takes you.

You need confidence that the network system is operating with the highest performance with support you can trust.

A National LoRaWAN IoT Network Makes Sense For You

For Solution Providers

You want to grow your customer base and scale up your business.

You want to manage your operating costs in line with business growth.

You want to focus on the innovation and value of your solutions.

A National LoRaWAN IoT Network Makes Sense For You

Why Users and Solution Providers Should Collaborate

Users and solution providers benefit from a network that operates nationally.  But no individual business is capable of justifying a national LoRaWAN network.  However this is a goal of economic, social and environmental benefit to New Zealand.

The operation of an IoT network is essentially a business cost, not a source of profit or customer delight.  LoRaWAN equipment is available at very low cost; this is both its advantage and a drag on scale - users and solution providers can rapidly install equipment, but has resulted in many local private networks that don't interconnect.  Users shouldn't be locked into a vendor because of network factors, especially when scaling up a private network is increasingly costly.

LoRaWAN uses a radio band that is free to use without a special license.  This radio band is shared publicly by all users but data privacy is assured by the LoRaWAN protocol using encryption and authentication mechanisms.  These features are intended to encourage sharing of network infrastructure so that geographic coverage can scale to wherever it is needed without impacting performance or security of the system operation.

The guiding principles of this network are:

  • Open access to anyone for any purpose (within technical constraints)

  • Objective of national coverage and low cost deployment

  • The network is not competitive with solution providers

  • Charges for use cover costs, it is a not-for-profit organisation

A Not For Profit Operation

A national LoRaWAN system should be operated with a not for profit business model.  But Why?

The operating goal is to be lower cost than standalone private networks.

Deployed network equipment is made available to all users on an equal basis - supporting the purpose of a public free radio band 

Existing private LoRaWAN systems can be upgraded to join the national network

Cost savings from economies of scale are an advantage to users and solution providers.

Revenue is reinvested to extend network scale.

Solution Providers achieve more income from supplying applications to users and aren't distracted by network operations

Technology Works, Applications Are Stalled


Applications have been technically proven and there are many examples of working deployments: animal health monitoring, asset locating, equipment condition reporting, water level sensors, environment and weather sensors, utility asset monitoring, site security, milk temperature reporting and more.

But these 'small' IoT systems are often stuck at the proof of concept stage here in New Zealand. And now is the time to fix this.

Innovation in the development of IoT (internet of things) applications is being hampered by piecemeal networks that make it difficult to scale commercially. While early adopters have flocked to create new solutions and user communities have sprung up around New Zealand, there has been a distinct lack of coordination.

Everything from the farm gate to the factory production line is set to join the Internet of Things revolution. There’s only one problem - big gaps in connectivity are holding back our IoT aspirations. One engineer has floated a potential solution.

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IoT Network

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