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Senet brings LoraWan network to Silicon Valley

Steve Rogerson
July 2, 2015
 
Network-as-a-service provider Senet has rolled out a low-power wireless area network to bring LoraWan communications to Silicon Valley. The company has installed 50 towers in California covering 39,000 square kilometres.
 
Three towers are in the high-tech area of Silicon Valley to enable application development by major corporations and start-ups in the area that plan to connect to the network.
 
New Hampshire-based Senet deployed the network to serve customers of its Enertrac subsidiary to optimise propane and heating fuel delivery and inventory. It is now opening the network to other IoT application verticals such as agriculture, smart parking, building management, supply chain management, water metering, water leak detection, industrial asset tracking and healthcare. It offers low-cost connectivity in existing deployed areas and deploys and manages the networks in other areas that desire LPWAN connectivity.
 
“We plan to rapidly scale our deployment in North America with more than 200 base stations in 2015 and aggressive goals for deployment in 2016,” said George Dannecker, CEO of Senet.
 
An application developed for the Senet network would also be compatible in other LoraWan networks deployed in Canada, South America, Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore and most other south-east Asia countries that are using the same frequency band for LPWAN. In addition to Senet, six other major telecoms companies have announced nationwide Lora network deployments.
 
The technology behind the deployment is the Semtech Lora RF platform.
 
“Senet is a proven pioneer for LPWAN with more area deployed than any other provider in North America,” said Marc Pegulu, general manager of Semtech’s wireless and sensing division. “We are very excited about the volume of devices that are connecting to the Senet network.”
 
Lora RF technology enables long-range, low-power connectivity that previously had been unrealisable. Other short-range technology requires multiple repeaters and in-depth infrastructure to achieve wide coverage and has limited network capacity to be able to connect a high volume of nodes, making the return on investment unattractive for many applications and limiting deployments. Lora solves these problems and enables simple IoT connectivity.
 
A single Lora base station can connect to sensors over 24km away in rural environments, and in dense city environments it has deep penetration capability for indoor coverage.
 
Through its countrywide network, Senet enables monitoring services that help America’s environmentally-conscious businesses improve profits by managing and measuring the status of widely distributed assets – businesses such as residential fuel oil and propane tank automation, water and gas metering, commercial lubrications distribution, and solar irradiance.
 
Both Senet and Semtech are active members in the Lora Alliance, which is one of the fastest growing alliances with over 80 members since its launch in March 2015. The goal of the Lora Alliance is to standardise LPWAN and create a large ecosystem to scale IoT and M2M applications. The Lora Alliance will host a LPWAN workshop at the Sheraton Palo Alto on Thursday, July 23.