IoT is definitely the next big thing as far as our homes are concerned. However, the need for a network that provides connection to all such items, and the pain in the configuration of such networks means that often a lot of us just don’t bother with such items. I mean, who wants to fight with a fridge to configure it, right?
The answer? A separate network wholly dedicated to the IoT network, and one that works everywhere. Archos have started a new subsidiary called PicoWAN which is looking at solving this. More details in the press release below.
PicoWAN, a network operator, majority-owned subsidiary of ARCHOS, announces the launch of its collaborative network based on LoRATM in the Internet of Things
London, PicoWAN’s aim is to be the first LP-WAN (Low Power – Wide Area Network) RF network for connected objects, which will be collaborative, global, cross-border and available at a very low price.
It will be launched in Europe from June 2016.
“PicoWAN is a project close to my heart. I have been deeply involved in the development and have even filed 3 patents,” announces Henri CROHAS, President of ARCHOS. “The potential is huge.”
A revolution in the Internet of Things
The key to this innovation is a unique wireless communications network protocol based on the use of pico-gateways, as opposed to rooftop concentrators and antennas, which come in the form of smart plugs connected to the internet via WiFi or Ethernet. Embedding a LoRa™ IC, the range of pico-gateways is potentially as long as the sophisticated antenna gears installed on rooftops by telcos. As a result of its low-cost and its easy installation inside buildings, the network can be densified at will and made fail–safe, penetrate very deep indoor resulting in a much higher QoS (Quality of Service).
A collaborative network at a very low price
The cost of a pico-gateway is some 100 times less than the cost of a rooftop installation. Instead of investing tens of million euros in infrastructure, PicoWAN will create a highly competitive LP-WAN thanks to the viral diffusion of very low-cost pico-gateways.
To ensure the deployment of a global network throughout Europe, PicoWAN plans to distribute up to 200,000 free pico-gateways by the end of 2016.
PicoWAN will offer a subscription plan starting at £0.50 pence per year, per connected object. Those who will deploy pico-gateway networks locally will receive up to 50% of the income resulting from the connections passing through their pico-gateways.
Optimal compatibility with connected objects
The software embedded in connected objects will be freely available to all developers and integrators developing on vertical or consumer markets, who can then set up their own IoT networks. This technology will facilitate the launch of multiple connected objects in all domains (health, agriculture, home automation, industry, and more), instantly supported by the PicoWAN network anywhere.
All LoRaWANTM objects can be made compatible with ease.
Join us at the Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona in February 2016 for a demonstration of PicoWAN network.