Network

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Compared to cellular, KotahiNet’s LoRaWAN network allows sensors with long battery life- as much as 5 to 10 years. Compared to wifi and Bluetooth, KotahiNet’s LoRaWAN network has much larger coverage- over 30 km line-of-sight. This makes LoRaWAN networks a whole new connectivity technology, purpose-built for sending data typical of the Internet of Things.

Range battery life comparison

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KotahiNet’s wireless network
Purpose-built, public, carrier-grade, national

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Network diagram

LoRaWAN features

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Why KotahiNet’s network

KotahiNet’s purpose-built wireless IoT network is best used to connect sensors and smart objects for:

  • Long battery life (you can also use solar or mains power if available for your sensors and smart objects)
  • Low data rate, which is great for most sensors and smart objects but not for video or pictures
  • Low cost (our standard rate is $1 per month per end connection but can be lower depending on scale and location)
  • Mobility (your sensors and smart objects automatically connect to all our gateways)
  • Long range, typically 1.5-3 km in dense urban areas and 15-20 km in rural areas
  • Security, including end-to-end encryption
  • Bi-directional, so both data from the device and control instructions to it can be sent
  • Carrier grade reliability and service level agreements
  • Ubiquitous coverage (national roll out in progress)
  • Global availability of sensors and other hardware, using the LoRaWAN EU 868 MHz standard

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Also see IoT Networks, Use Cases, Technology, and Connect.