Top 5 Solutions for LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) Networks
LPWA technologies may be what you need to run your IoT application, particularly if there are no mains or vehicle power supplies available. LPWA will allow your application to run for many years on batteries. So, let’s take a look at the kind of applications that can benefit from getting connected over LPWA networks.
Applications requiring low power technology can be found in a number of areas, such as:
No Mains Power?, No Problem
LPWA technologies have good in-building coverage
Environmental sensing is a great low-power application
LPWA technologies are increasingly being used for warehouse monitoring
Smart Cities and Smart Buildings can also benefit from LPWA
Municipalities and local governments manage infrastructure and services such as car parks, street lighting and refuse collection. Your goal may be to minimise costs, downtime and wastage in these areas and maximise utilisation. All these things can be achieved using IoT technology via LPWA connections. Proximity sensors to activate street lights when pedestrians or cyclists are present, knowing if a parking space is occupied or not, or detecting when recycling bins are full and ready for collection. All of these require small amounts of data but need to be independent of a mains power supply.
In the property or facilities management business you will want to know the occupancy levels of the buildings you run. Optimising HVAC systems is also crucial to the comfort of your tenants and your profitability. LPWA connected sensors can maximise space utilisation and minimise energy costs, dovetailing into other services in the building such as lighting, security and washroom facilities.