Wireless communications across the world are no longer confined to traditional devices such as phones and PCs. We now have the ability to harvest data from appliances, plants, cars, and other everyday items that connect passively to networks, speaking to apps and populating databases. But enabling that flow of data is a colossal undertaking.
At Orange Silicon Valley, we are constantly exploring new technologies that transmit data in new and exciting ways. The age of big data has already arrived, and in order to leverage the millions of data points that matter to industries, offices, and homes, technology must continuously evolve to meet our needs.
Long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) tech is one standard that has emerged as a compelling option for communication using low power wireless connectivity across significant distances and clusters of nodes. It’s a means for turning offline activity into a language that software and machines can understand so that human users can make better decisions in their daily lives.
Orange took an active interest in the future of LoRa technology by joining the LoRa Alliance as a board member in 2016. That move followed the 2015 announcement that Orange would build an Internet of Things (IoT) network across France to provide a platform for “smart city” applications that will improve city services, make city governments more agile, and provide clearer pictures of how citizens engage with the infrastructure around them.
The growing network of machines and objects, which we call the IoT, stands to one day bridge the gap between online and offline events, allowing for easier, more informed choices in professional and domestic lives around the globe. In fact, the marriage of IoT with improving software and intelligent analysis could be a functional Rosetta Stone for decoding aspects of our world that we never thought to read in the first place.
At OSV’s IoT Studio in San Francisco, we are already working with partners who use our sandbox environment to test and improve their own tech in hopes of contributing to this proliferation of data tools. IoT is one of the most exciting areas we explore at OSV, and the companies we partner with are pushing the boundaries of possibility on a daily basis.
LoRaWAN, thanks to its adaptability across IoT use cases, is a big piece of the connected future we are building, providing an open standard communication protocol that will do what Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee standards cannot. Some of the startups that OSV works with have already developed applications for this tech in spaces such as food traceability, asset tracking, workforce automation, and even automated gardening. Thanks to our passionate research team at OSV, we see new opportunities appearing all the time.
Some of the breakthrough approaches we see at OSV’s IoT Studio make old tasks and processes easier, while others open doors to new solutions we might never have found otherwise. It’s a place where collaboration and cutting-edge technology make real, game-changing ideas come to life.
On Nov. 16, OSV, along with our partners at machineQ, a Comcast Service, will welcome engineers and experts to our offices for a technical workshop with LoRaWAN. The workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to break down and user LoRaWAN in a facilitated environment. We’ll look at how it can bring hardware, software, and wireless networks together and provide a stage for products and services that innovators are just beginning to imagine.
And we can’t wait to see what happens next.
**For more information on the event, go to our Connected Devices Summit event page.