LPWAN: Defining the Future of Data Transmission
By Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Several Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) solutions have gained prominence in enterprises today. IoT has changed the nature of connected devices. Solutions with low-power wireless technologies are suitable to send small amounts of data over an extended period of time while extending the battery life of end devices for 10-20 years. There are many wireless low-power options, the basics of each technology. Also, the key operating attributes, such as frequency band(s), network topology support, throughput, range, and coexistence are different for each technology.
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Depending on the application, the choice of one or some form of a combination of technologies will be determined by factors such as range, data requirements, security and power requirements, and battery life.
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Many popular wireless low-power technologies are available today. Although each is designed for battery operation and relatively modest data transmission, they have a different range, performance, robustness, and coexistence capabilities. These variations in performance suit different applications, although there is a possibility of overlap in their features.