Most successful bootcamps are measured in sweat…. this one was measured in all of our demos working and great turnout!

We spent the morning learning the basics of LoRa technology. Loren Geilen, Semtech Sr. Field Applications Engineer delivered an informative presentation to cover the key points of the technology. Loren provided a detailed low-down on how LoRa radios work and why the technology is such a great fit for IoT. Later on, Nik Kitson, CEO of Haxiot showcased Haxiot end-to-end LoRa IoT solutions followed by an end to end hands-on demo in the afternoon. Haxiot demonstrated an off-the-shelf NEMA lighting fixture being controlled from a LoRaWAN lighting controller using a Haxiot module inside with the Haxiot X-ON cloud platform. The Haxiot X-ON IoT cloud platform was a great way to showcase the power and ease by which LoRaWAN networks can be setup at scale.

Haxiot provided the answer to the age-old question of “how many devices per gateway?” with a series of radio planning guidelines based on different use cases. “It’s very impressive how network planning and deployment has been simplified by Haxiot” said Loren Geilen, Semtech Sr. Field Applications Engineer. Haxiot outlined the Secure Multicast solution that is commercially available and shipping to customers today. Secure Multicast from Haxiot provides 1000x greater capacity to control massive numbers of devices in real-time, especially for lighting and emergency signs. This is an integrated capability of the HXC series modules and the Haxiot X-ON cloud.

The advanced session demonstrated deploying Haxiot Gateway Manger for Linux on a 3rd party gateway platform. Install to operational in less than 1 minute! This left plenty of time to talk about the cost saving benefits of having X-ON Cloud centrally manage distributed gateways.

The afternoon gave everyone the chance to get hands-on with Haxiot products. The Haxiot Mbed shield provides the Haxiot HXC900 client module with a temperature sensor and LEDs. We had everyone build their own sensor application and smart lighting controller with Haxiot Mbed shields, gateways and cloud. The bootcamp was run with application services provided by Object Spectrum, giving us a dashboard for every Mbed shield with sensor outputs and LED lighting controls. It was great to be a part of the first bootcamp where all components worked seamlessly together.

Thanks to Semtech and Launchpad City for hosting the event. We look forward to hosting the next event! Our next LoRa IoT Bootcamp will be in Dallas in October 2018. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on first-in, first-served basis. Please connect the Haxiot team below to receive your invite today.

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by Nik Kitson @nikkitson

We all by now familiar with how BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) revolutionized smartphones and the mobile industry. The days of a managed service where the end device was configured, sold and managed by your mobile carrier are behind us. BYOD brought new challenges in terms of enterprise security, but it also gave us the ability access millions of new services that were built beyond the walled gardens of mobile operator managed devices. In Low Power Wireless Access (LPWA), there is a new phenomenon that is changing the way we access service called Bring Your Own Basestation or BYOB.

So why will BYOB fundamentally change wireless? The BYOB model prevailed in the wifi market for many years until the subsequent advent of outdoor wifi hotspots, where service providers started deploying a fully managed service inclusive of radio coverage. A self-build coverage model is completely absent from the cellular market, as this spectrum is so tightly controlled between the cellular operators and the regulator. In the emerging LPWA arena, spectrum is unlicensed offering same flexibility as WiFi or Bluetooth with a massive improvement in coverage that is greater than LTE. This makes LPWA the epicenter of the most exciting wireless technology revolution for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The current solutions in LPWA are optimized around the ISM, otherwise known as unlicensed frequency bands, just like WiFi or Bluetooth. This allows anyone to build and deploy devices and basestations, as long as they follow the design rules in the product set by various country regulators. The majority of wireless access have adopted the managed service model where the basestation and cloud service is from the same organization as a recurring monthly or annual fee. In a cellular managed service, the monthly fee provides both coverage and a service interconnection to the internet. This is precisely how SigFox, InGenu and other new wireless entrants have developed their model. If you want SigFox, you have to be in an area with SigFox coverage, you cannot BYOB to establish your own local coverage with SigFox. Even if you could provide coverage, there is no separate cloud-only service fee independent of the coverage component available within SigFox.

The LoRa ecosystem is interesting in that it supports 3 service delivery models:

  • Managed Service – Service Provider manages basestation and network services
  • Managed Cloud – Service Provider manages network services, allows customer to connect a basestation
  • Private Cloud – Customer provides network services and basestation

The Managed Cloud and Private Cloud are both examples of BYOB. The chief advantages of the BYOB approach is that you can get coverage at any of your enterprise locations. BYOB is less ideal if your end sensor node application is highly distributed or highly mobile, which favors a Managed Service approach with blanket coverage. Many enterprises are looking to connect locally such as smart building or connected campus, so the idea of BYOB is highly appealing. It worked for Cisco with the Meraki acquisition, which is one of the fastest growing business units in Cisco history and a leader in self-built + cloud managed wifi deployments globally.

LPWA IoT service providers can start to look completely different from a traditional mobile network operator. An LPWA provider could be any company, even those without billions in capital to afford spectrum. It will be interesting to see how the LPWA industry plays out and whether any of these different delivery models will see some action. Simply put, a BYOB model with LoRa technology gives any organization the ability to compete. What new players do you think will enter the wireless IoT market with this business model?

Next week’s blog will discuss different LPWA business models.