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LoRa Alliances launches second global IoT challenge

Steve Rogerson
July 5, 2016
The LoRa Alliance has announced its second global IoT challenge focused on creating a safer and smarter sustainable world with four submission categories of food, water, health and safety. The challenge is open for submissions until the start of November.
Challenge entrants must submit a description of their LoRaWan system from one of the four focus categories and include the benefits, how it will be deployed or used, and a prototype of the sensor or sensing system. Finalists will receive transportation and lodgings for Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona where the winner of the challenge will be named.
The winner will be selected by representatives from the Red Cross in Kenya and the LoRa Alliance board of directors will test the winner in Kenya with the Red Cross.
"Technology can play a critical role in improving the lives of the most marginalised communities in the developing world," said Safia Verjee, programme manager in disaster risk management at the Kenya Red Cross. "LoRaWan can meet the price points and requirements to scale solutions easily."
Last year's LoRa Alliance challenge attracted more than 200 entries from a variety of categories, including health care, security, smart building, supply chain, smart city and manufacturing.
"LoRaWan is ideal for regions that have little or no infrastructure in the developing world," said Geoff Mulligan, chairman of the LoRa Alliance. "LoRaWan networks can be deployed easily with minimal cost compared to existing cellular networks and can solve critical infrastructure and social issues."