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Kerlink provides Proximus with 800 LoRaWan stations

Steve Rogerson
January 3, 2018

French IoT networking company Kerlink will provide Proximus with 800 more stations for its LoRaWan IoT network in Belgium.
This network densification with geolocation-ready Kerlink Wirnet iBTS standard stations follows Proximus’ deployment of a LoRaWan IoT network in 2015 with 130 Wirnet stations and iBTS standard reference. When the additional rollout, the network will have more than 1000 Wirnet units in the field.
“In addition to its increasing deployment to power new networks in Europe, South Asia and South America, the Wirnet product range readily supports cell densification and enhanced service, like geolocation or native security for remote management of gateways,” said Yann Bauduin, director of sales for operators at Kerlink. “Wirnet iBTS standard stations’ modularity offers increased coverage through cell densification by simply adding an extra LoRaWan module. Its geolocation-ready design also enables a fast ramp up to deploy innovative location-based services, natively localising each end device through the network.”
Targeting public network operators, the stations are deployed outdoors and provide carrier-grade versatile, long-range, two-way and geolocation-ready connectivity. Kerlink users worldwide have already deployed several thousand of these stations for IoT dedicated networks.
“Launching a cell-densification project in a short time after starting the deployment of our LoRaWan network in Belgium is testimony to the positive reception and increasing use of the network by our customers,” said Alex Thomas, IoT programme manager for Proximus. “We tested Kerlink’s Wirnet stations before deployment, and they demonstrated that they fully meet the expectations of users, backed by the Kerlink team’s constant customer support and confirmed expertise.”
Joke Tisaun, Proximus IoT product manager, added: "This new IoT network has already stimulated innovations and opened the door to new business models. This is the case for some interesting applications we support today, like measuring the fullness of glass containers in order to optimise pick-up routes and enhance customer experience. In addition, we launched a project with the biggest gas supplier in Belgium, where we will monitor the gas tanks of people in their homes, to improve the service they can offer to their end-customers."
Proximus also recently showcased a way for industry environments to record energy information required for energy optimisation.
“For that purpose, sensors monitor the temperature, humidity, light and opening of doors, and send this information, almost in real time,” Tisaun said. “This ensures higher reliability and improves management efficiency.”
Kerlink, a co-founder and board member of the LoRa Alliance, 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 users, including major telecoms operators such as Tata Communications and utilities such as GrDF and Suez. The company is enabling IoT networks worldwide with major deployments in Europe, South Asia and South America.
In 2016, Kerlink generated revenues of €14.1m, 25 per cent internationally. Since 2013, it has posted average annual growth above 50 per cent.