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Open standards for the long term

In the low power, long range IoT segment, the two leaders are Sigfox and LoRaWAN with Ingenu following. One aspect that differentiates the two leaders is their proprietary (Sigfox) vs open (LoRaWAN) approach. Which is better?
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Second Gateway

My first impression of our second gateway, the MultiTech Conduit, is just how small it is. In the photograph, it’s about a third of a standard desktop keyboard. It’s even smaller than my home broadband modem.
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Press Release 1: Wellington IoT network coming

Wellington will get a new wireless network for the “Internet of Things” in the next three months. Startup company KotahiNet is rolling out a purpose-built wireless network for connecting sensors and other smart objects to the Internet, the...
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Voice brings personality

After many years of false hopes, finally, the time for voice as a useful user interface is here. Voice features most prominently in making digital assistants the intermediary between people and devices. The device itself is a gateway to networked knowledge...
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More network use cases

After a slightly European look at what low power, long range networks are good for, an American view is provided by hardware supplier Link Labs.
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Test Network, Part 2

After the initial setup described in the first post, it was time to bring in a professional to install the gateway. That was followed by a spectral analysis and some preliminary range testing.
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What’s the network good for?

Low power, long range networks purpose-built for the Internet of Things are relatively new. It’s therefore interesting to see how people and network operators in other countries are planning to use them. Applications are mostly similar but the...
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Test Network, Part 1

Probably the most exciting bit about setting up a test network is playing with actual stuff– hardware, green LEDs, and wires. The more serious aspect is to get a hands-on understanding of running a LoRaWAN network and the big question- just how...
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“IoT” is best term amongst worse options

IoT or Internet of Things is a really poor term but will continue to be used given all the other options are even worse. This is an unfortunate reality.
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Microinteractions and IoT

Microinteractions make a good product great. They can’t make a bad product good but, with the Internet of Things (IoT) being all about physical objects in our everyday lives, microinteractions are the difference between being locked out of your...
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