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An introduction to LoRa and other LPWANs

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Title: Low Power Wide Area Networks – the missing piece in IoT

Presenter: Justin Spangaro, Founder and CEO Airlora Communications 

What you'll learn

  • What are Low Power Wide Area Networks, what is different about them and what problems do they solve?
  • An understanding of the technical trends driving the emergence of Low Power Wide Area Networks
  • Brief technical overview of one LPWAN technology, LoRa, and some important considerations.

Description: As technology evolves, hardware device unit costs and cloud processing capacity become cheaper and more power-efficient. The cost of providing and maintaining connectivity between "internet of things" devices such as sensors and actuators and the cloud increasingly dominate the economics and technical feasibility of many applications. This situation particularly applies to battery-powered applications with low data volume and wide-area radio coverage requirements.

Existing wide-area connectivity solutions based on cellular or mesh technologies often fail to meet the needs of current and emerging applications in terms of cost, spectral efficiency or energy consumption. As a result emerging wireless approaches to providing device connectivity, termed Low Power Wide Area Networks or LPWAN, are gaining traction. LPWAN networks become a critical enabler – the missing piece – to many emerging IoT applications, and may disrupt business models in some existing applications.

About the presenter: Prior to founding Airlora Communications, Spangaro was Entrepreneur in Residence at CSIRO with the flagship CSIRO innovation program ‘ON’ and was founding Managing Director (Australia) of Silicon Valley-based machine-learning acceleration start-up Wave Computing. Spangaro also lectures in Digital Systems Design at RMIT University and has co-supervised several PhD students working on advanced logic systems. He has extensive research and development experience in Australia and Silicon Valley developing technologies for organisations such as Cisco, Ericsson, NEC, Philips, LSI Logic, Zilog, Agilent, Boeing and Telstra. His areas of technical expertise include semiconductor engineering and low-power multicore processor design. Spangaro’s degrees in Communications Engineering and MBA are both from RMIT University.



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