The recent LoRaWAN Live! Event in Berlin, Germany underscored the vitality and excitement of the wireless IoT industry. LoRaWAN is positioning itself as the default wireless IoT infrastructure technology (check out our column on the subject). The event’s presentations were very well attended, and the exhibit area was full of innovative solutions.
The LoRa Alliance held the event, and its CEO and Chairwoman, Donna Moore, delivered the opening keynote. She pointed out how the majority of wireless IoT applications are relatively low power, small data messages, which need deep penetration into buildings, as well as the ability to connect at distances enabling orbital operations. Based on the old TV band, LoRa has the range and penetration ability to serve these needs.
The LoRa Alliance also published a sponsored white paper with ABI Research, comparing LoRaWAN and NB-IoT, the twin non-cellular and cellular LPWA variants. The report pointed out LoRaWAN’s advantages over NB-IoT, such as a mature ecosystem of vendors, certified devices, and end-to-end solutions ready for implementation.
In this video, Stephen Oh, CEO of eWBM, talks about the company's secure module for IoT applications. The module adds to the LoRaWAN security specification with the AES-128 algorithm, and has security features including secure booting, secure storage, and a unique device key, not accessible from outside. The module is capable of performing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) without the added cost of the secure element.