The first carrier-grade IoT network was rolled out in Canada by eleven-x, www.eleven-x.com, a software developer specializing in wireless communications. The eleven-x LPWAN (low-power wide area network) uses Semtech, www.semtech.com, LoRa Technology to offer a long-range wireless network at lower investment and power costs. It is based on the LoRaWAN protocol standardized by the LoRa Alliance, www.lora-alliance.org, to ensure interoperability with a large ecosystem of IoT applications.
The eleven-x network is currently deployed in the Canadian cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo, and it will soon be deployed to all major cities in the country. It will give businesses, manufacturers, and municipalities the capability to implement IoT systems that provide asset tracking, environmental monitoring, health monitoring, lighting control, and water metering for improved efficiency, quality control, crisis diversion, and decision making.
LoRa Technology gives the eleven-x network a strong feature set coupled with the ecosystem of LoRa Alliance partners.
The LoRa Alliance has more than 400 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications. Through its work with member companies and IoT industry groups, the LoRa Alliance is making LoRaWAN the standard for LPWANs focused on low-power, long-range IoT applications. To date, there are LoRaWAN public and private networks in more than 50 countries worldwide.
The eleven-x network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing connectivity for a wide variety of sensors and applications. The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables better battery life, up to 20 years depending on the application, and enables tracking applications without GPS (global-positioning system) or additional power consumption. LoRa technology reduces upfront infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs. The protocol is an open system to ensure interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers, and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.