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Stream integrates LoRaWan LPWA connectivity into IoT environment

Steve Rogerson
August 19, 2015
 
Stream Technologies has integrated LoRaWan LPWA connectivity into its IoT-X connectivity environment and is delivering it with IoT-Xlerate partners Kerlink, LinkLabs, MultiTech and Semtech.
 
Stream’s vision of heterogeneous IoT networks offering connectivity options for all IoT use case requirements on one platform is now possible, claims the London-based company. The addition of LPWA should ensure that applications requiring low power, long range and low cost can be simply added to existing IoT networks.
 
The multi-network functionality of the IoT-X platform enables connectivity for any device regardless of network type – allowing users to reach beyond the gateway to the sensor level and provides a single, unified view of every relevant connection, whether it be satellite, cellular or LPWA. Subscriber management, billing and data routing capabilities for all network types, as well as private or public networks with multi-tenants and unlimited customer segmentation, can all be managed, monitored and monetised.
 
Users with existing cellular or satellite IoT networks who want to incorporate LPWA, can add IoT-X to their existing IoT platform and manage all their connectivity through a single unified interface. Stream has already completed the full network integration and has added carrier grade network functionality for LoRaWan.
 
“Stream’s carrier grade IoT-X platform will enable and accelerate the deployments of LPWAN”, says Hardy Schmidbauer, director of wireless products at Semtech. “The interoperability of Stream’s solution with the different hardware vendors combined with the vast number of LoRaWan sensors available from LoRa Alliance members will maximise network deployment return on investment”.
 
Other narrow band and wide band access technologies will also be available on IoT-X. Integrating network technologies is an expensive proposition costing valuable resources, time and money for network operators. IoT-X has a flexible, low cost, use-based IoT scale business model. Stream claims to have eliminated the unknowns and risk for network operators adopting LPWA technologies.
 
“Low power radio is an integral part to our solution set,” said Stream CEO Nigel Chadwick. “No one technology is going to easily meet the requirements of all the different IoT solutions. We made the decision to support all of these networks and treat them as just another form of connectivity to help our customers move easily from cellular applications to low power alternatives.”
 
IoT-X is said to make it simple to deploy proof of concepts with one or multiple LPWA technology providers. It is said to enable choice for users and reduce the friction of operating multiple network technologies.
 
“The LPWA space is growing extremely fast,” said Jim Morrish of Machina Research. “It was early 2013 when Machina Research identified this space, and since then it has developed to the point where it is squarely on the CxO agenda for any service provider participating in the IoT, and many enterprises. LPWA technologies will transform the IoT marketplace by virtue of their potential to support low cost, out-of-the-box connectivity allied with a very long battery life. For Stream Technologies to take steps to integrate such technologies into their connectivity proposition is therefore a natural development. But to make such a capability available via a software update for existing clients really underlines the unique proposition that Stream Technologies brings to market.”
 
The IoT-X multi-network connectivity environment enables management of connected devices regardless of bearer technology. It fuses monitoring, management and billing on a single platform with resilient backhaul infrastructure to provide a virtual state of network representation.