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Kerlink and Senet deploy LoRa network at CES

Steve Rogerson
January 9, 2018
Some of the demonstration of IoT applications at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are taking place thanks to a partnership between New Hampshire based LPWAN company Senet and French IoT networking firm Kerlink.
They have expanded Senet’s global LPWAN in the Las Vegas area to support a variety of commercial offerings, market trials and proofs of concept, and enable demonstrations of IoT applications at CES.
This collaboration with Senet marks Kerlink’s first large IoT network rollout in the USA, following deployments across Europe, and in South America, New Zealand and India.
Powered by Kerlink’s 64-channel Wirnet iBTS gateways to expand Senet’s public outdoor network coverage, the network provided indoor connectivity for Senet’s partners to demonstrate IoT applications at this year’s CES.
In addition to expanding Senet’s network coverage and capacity, the roll out represents the first production network in North America to support LoRaWan geolocation. This functionality uses a different technology than GPS, eliminating the requirement for costly and battery hungry processing GPS requires.
This functionality is supported by Senet’s LoRa end-nodes, and can be used for applications requiring location determination for battery-powered endpoints that do not require the precision of GPS. Demand for these services is significant, with a third of the world’s 15 billion connected devices forecasted to be critically dependent on geodata by the end of 2020, according to Machina Research.
“Strong ecosystem partnerships and critical technical advantages have allowed Senet to become a leading IoT connectivity-software provider,” said Dave Kjendal, CTO of Senet. “We are pleased to be working with trusted partners like Kerlink to bring geolocation and other enhanced features to market in order to meet the demands of mass scale IoT deployments.”
The IoT is a broadly covered topic at CES, including sessions on smart homes, connected cities, healthcare and wearable technology, along with several dedicated demonstration areas for IoT infrastructure. To run demo applications on the Senet network during CES, companies simply needed to register on Senet’s Developer Portal to coordinate access.
“We are excited to support expansion of Senet’s low power wide area virtual network in Las Vegas, which will bring new IoT benefits like geolocation to companies in the region, and enable a variety of innovative IoT demos at CES,” said Carlos Briceno, senior director of sales and business development for Kerlink. “It also marks Kerlink’s first large IoT network deployment in the USA and an expansion of our international footprint, following roll outs across Europe, and in South America, New Zealand and India.”
Senet partners demonstrating applications on its network at CES included MultiTech, Sagemcom, Semtech, ST Microelectronics, Tektelic and TrackNet.