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Poland rolls out LoRaWan network

Steve Rogerson
May 25, 2017
Polish IoT company Netemera and French networking firm Kerlink are rolling out Poland’s first nationwide low-power, wide-area IoT network using LoRaWan technology.
Called Netemera’s Network for Machines, it relies on Kerlink’s LoRa-capable gateways, or carrier-class base stations.
Netemera will own and operate the network, allowing Polish companies to design and deploy connected devices for smart applications such as water-and-electricity metering, air-quality monitoring, fleet management, parking, lighting and asset tracking. The network underscores Netemera’s IoT investment in Poland and expands the adoption of LoRa Alliance services in central Europe. Kerlink is a founding member of the alliance.
The network is already deployed throughout the Polish capital Warsaw and its suburbs.
In addition to developing network and application servers, Netemera produces dedicated IoT hardware and software and integrates third-party IoT devices and end-to-end systems to give users as much flexibility as possible when they implement the IoT. The company will also provide SMEs and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills to become productive and innovative using the wide range of products available in the LoRa Alliance.
“Netemera’s Network for Machines already supports several proofs of concept in the field of smart cities, metering and tracking, and offers opportunities for IoT vendors and application developers to test new products and apps,” said Laurent Thiriaux, CEO of Netemera. “Kerlink’s reliable, high-performance solutions and LoRaWan will allow our customers to quickly and simply use the IoT for multiple applications.”
The network uses Kerlink’s Wirnet iBTS and Wirnet iBTS Compact LoRaWan gateways.
“Installed with Netemera’s commitment to quickly deploy a nationwide IoT network in Poland, Kerlink provides the low-power, long-distance connectivity that Netemera’s customers and partners require,” said Aurélien Seugnet, Kerlink sales representative. “The reliability and top performance of the Wirnet iBTS and Wirnet iBTS Compact LoRaWan gateways have been demonstrated by Kerlink partners in many countries, and are helping drive the company’s international expansion.”
Geoff Mulligan, chairman of the LoRa Alliance, said Netemera’s rapid rollout demonstrated how the alliance ecosystem, which includes nearly 500 members collaborating to drive successful adoption of the LoRaWan protocol, simplified deployment for virtually any network operator.
“As an open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWA connectivity, LoRaWan’s simplicity enables companies like Netemera to provide IoT coverage not only in cities with 2.6 million inhabitants, such as Warsaw, but also to scale regionally and nationwide with relative ease,” he said.
Netemera is looking for manufacturers, R&D institutions, providers and start-ups to create a strong ecosystem and to accelerate development of innovative IoT services. It also expects to work with cities eager to become pioneering smart cities. The Network for Machines is currently being deployed in Poland’s 15 largest cities, and will be progressively extended.
Netemera is an independent Polish company founded by a team of managers with background in the telecoms and manufacturing industries.
Over the past three years, Kerlink has invested more than €8m in R&D. In just over ten years, more than 70,000 Kerlink installations have been rolled out for more than 260 clients, including GrDF, Suez, Saur and Médiamétrie. In 2016, Kerlink generated revenues of €14.1m, 25 per cent of which internationally. Since 2013, it has posted average annual growth of more than 50 per cent.