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Kerlink to launch LoRa IoT reference design at Embedded World

Steve Rogerson
February 21, 2018
 
French IoT firm Kerlink plans to releasei ts latest low-power IoT reference design during next week’s Embedded World exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany.
 
The reference design is a turnkey combination of electronics blueprint, performance benchmarks, recommended bill of material and best practices guidelines for designing antennas, batteries and connectors integration. It also provides a benchmark device and test bed for directly testing and comparing prototypes, and simplifies and accelerates the design, development and production of devices based on LoRa technology, while speeding time to market and reducing development costs.
 
This reference design is part of Kerlink’s strategy to help OEMs, electronics device makers, device designers and service providers launch connected products for the IoT using LoRa technology. The company is broadening its portfolio to offer value added services on top of its existing IoT network infrastructure and operations offerings.
 
“Kerlink is one of the world’s largest suppliers of gateways, stations and other equipment for LoRaWan IoT networks,” said Stéphane Dejean, the company’s chief marketing officer. “These reference design leverage that expertise for LoRa technology device designers and OEMs that want to put the IoT to work for their companies and their customers quickly and simply.”
 
Tekelek, a developer and manufacturer of telemetry products for gas-tank monitoring, and Maddalena, a specialist in smart water metering, have used an early version of the reference design to create devices for customers.
 
“Both companies have reported significantly reduced time to market with their new LoRaWan devices and lower design and prototyping costs, while achieving complete compliance with the latest state-of-the-art specifications,” Dejean said.
 
Kerlink is launching the reference design at Embedded World with Alpha-Omega Technology, a German company that specialises in international IoT hardware sales and consulting with a focus on wireless sensor networks using the LoRaWan protocol.
 
In just over ten years, more than 100,000 Kerlink installations have been deployed in more than 69 countries. In 2017, Kerlink supplied more than 330 customers, including telecoms operators such as Tata Communications and service providers such as GrDF and Suez.
 
Kerlink, a co-founder and board member of the LoRa Alliance, has invested more than €10m in research in the past three years. In 2017, the group generated revenues of nearly €25m, more than half internationally. Since 2013, it has posted average annual growth of more than 62 per cent.