Everynet, the world’s largest network operator for national LoRaWAN® networks, announced today the launch of the national LoRaWAN® Internet of Things (IoT) wireless data network in Phoenix, Austin, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, and Portland. These cities are the initial wave of Everynet’s national network rollout that includes the top 36 […]
Everynet, the world’s largest network operator for national LoRaWAN® networks, announced today the launch of the national LoRaWAN® Internet of Things (IoT) wireless data network in Phoenix, Austin, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, and Portland.
These cities are the initial wave of Everynet’s national network rollout that includes the top 36 metropolitan areas and key logistics corridors across the United States. With this deployment, Everynet furthers its position as the award-winning provider of Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology around the globe, which is already processing billions of messages.
As the U.S. is investing in key infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, and lighting, now cities have the ability to wirelessly connect a variety of IoT sensors to the cloud economically without having to build communications infrastructure.
The top IoT uses for the Everynet network include:
- Smart City: Cities can easily monitor and manage lighting, streamline waste management services, manage flooding, and check air quality.
- Smart Infrastructure: Applications to monitor critical infrastructure including roads, pipelines, and transportation of materials. In addition, the network can be used to monitor freight rail, shipping ports, and subways, to streamline operations and gather data for predictive maintenance.
- Utilities: Applications to remotely monitor, maintain and gather data on water systems, substations, smart grid reclosers, transformers, LPG gas and residential and commercial metering.
- Supply Chain Logistics: Tracking and monitoring critical assets such as pallets, containers and goods. By managing the geo-location, cold-chain monitoring, humidity and shock, enterprises can effectively receive real-time data on the movement, condition and arrival of assets through the complete supply chain.
Andres Carvallo, Founder and CEO of CMG Consulting LLC and Smart Grid Godfather, said:
“LoRaWAN connected infrastructure, assets and services help deliver a more digitized, decentralized and decarbonized society that leverages Internet of Things as a platform for better efficiency and sustainability about most work, play, and living requirements. Everynet’s offering is a timely game changer for asset owners.”
Everynet’s neutral-host business model enables mobile network operators (MNOs), mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), application service providers (ASPs), managed service providers (MSPs) and internet service providers (ISPs) to offer carrier grade Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) IoT services to their customers.
Everynet is deploying TEKTELIC Carrier Grade 64-Channel LoRaWAN Mega Gateways for the U.S. National LoRaWAN® network in order to ensure the best radio performance and network reliability. In addition, the LoRaWAN open standards-based ecosystem provides companies with a selection of hundreds of devices and applications.
LoRaWAN radio frequency technology, utilized by Everynet, is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution that helps build ultra-low cost IoT projects worldwide. Its characteristics make Everynet’s network the best option for end customers looking for reliability and longevity, especially in difficult environments for wireless connectivity.
Everynet welcomes any platform provider, device maker and solution provider to take advantage of the newly launched U.S. network through its Ethingz Ecosystem Partner Program.
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In this article Jonas Lundqvist from Haidrun looks at the lack of trust in the Internet of Things (IoT) and how blockchain can solve the problem.
The IoT is fuelling many parts of the digital transformation landscape but there is one element that is missing for businesses to fully embrace the technology – trust. Was the temperature gauge working and calibrated, was it really in the location it said it was and the limit the actual limit? A simple example, but if we are going to make automated critical decisions or transactions based on IoT data, we need to be sure it is accurate, true and has not been tampered with or compromised.
As IoT growth accelerates, there will simply be too many devices and too much data for human intervention. And while big data technology is capable of processing and analysing large volumes of data, it does not provide security and trust.
That’s where blockchain comes in. As a distributed database or ledger technology, blockchain stores and manages data in so-called blocks, encrypted and linked together to form a chain. Each block also contains an immutable record of exactly when it was created which cannot be corrupted, lost or changed without the network knowing about it. With a public blockchain, anyone can download the peer-to-peer client software, view the ledger and interact with the blockchain. This means that no single party has control over the massive amount of data the IoT devices generate, making it virtually impossible for anyone to compromise or corrupt data records. Public blockchains, however, were developed for and largely associated with cryptocurrencies and are designed to preserve an individual user’s anonymity and treat all users equally. This means that when it comes to enterprise applications – including managing IoT ecosystems – the strength of public blockchains also becomes a weakness and poses several challenges around privacy and control.
For many enterprises, the idea of allowing every participant to have full access to the entire contents of the database does not sit well. As a result, a new generation of private blockchain is emerging where a single authority or organisation ultimately retains control, and no one can enter this type of network without proper authentication. Some private blockchains can look more like centralised networks but they offer many, if not all, the distributed benefits. Any overall control they do retain helps to improve privacy and eliminate many of the illicit activities often associated with public blockchains and cryptocurrencies.
Private blockchains are ‘permissioned’ where participants are known or trusted and can provide audits, checks and balances to prove the data is really the data. And as fewer nodes are needed to manage IoT data, decisions and transactions can be supported and processed at a much higher rate and require far less processing power and energy. For reasons of performance, as well as accountability and cost, private blockchains are more suited to enterprise IoT applications, where the technology empowers and supports the business rather than individual users.
A smart contract is essentially an agreement between two entities, such as IoT devices, that takes place when certain pre-conditions are met and will play a fundamental role in the automated authorisation of transactions based on IoT data and a single version of the truth across participants.
For example, if all IoT devices had smart contracts with the device makers, it could be used to update the device software automatically as soon as it became available. You would also know that the update was coming from a trusted source and not from some person or something posing as your device maker.
Smart contracts can also be used in supply chains underpinned by IoT technology. For example, perishable goods are typically subjected to varying environmental conditions as they pass through transportation and warehousing networks. By combining IoT and blockchain, location, time and temperature data, for example, can be collected and incorporated into the blockchain to create an immutable history of the product as it passes through the supply chain. IoT sensors can also be placed in trucks to record key events on a blockchain to help manage fleet whereabouts and returns and to support more meaningful billing practices.
Blockchain can also help with user authentication in smart homes or cities for validation onto IoT devices. By creating immutable records of the people in your home or city using a blockchain, you would have a single record to track authenticated users. This means there would be no need to manually provide access to each person every time you add a new device.
By using connected sensors, lights, and meters, for example, data can be easily collected and analysed ensuring round-the-clock functionality. Blockchain, once again, provides the perfect foundation for smart city IoT devices such as air, light, noise and quality sensors, ensuring the security, efficiency, and validity of data.
A strong future together
IoT is thriving, gearing up for explosive growth in the coming years. By the end of this year, there will be 13.8 billion connected IoT devices worldwide—a number that’s expected to almost triple by the end of 2025. At the same time, the adoption of blockchain technology is also on the rise, with 84% of major businesses already actively involved, according to PwC. This trend is partly fuelled by the growing number of blockchain IoT use cases from manufacturing to retail, supply chain to mobility.
While public blockchain platforms drive most of the news headlines, largely around cryptocurrency activity, private blockchains look set to become the main contributor to blockchain market growth and will no doubt retain the largest market size in 2021, according to Gartner. Private blockchains provide more opportunities to utilise the technology for IoT use cases and deliver higher efficiency, privacy, reliability, and transparency. Large enterprise IoT blockchain solutions will be custom developed according to business needs, while SMEs will take advantage of cost-effective pre-packaged solutions. Gartner forecasts that the business value generated by blockchain will reach $176 billion by 2025 and $3.1 trillion by 2030.
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