The opportunities and challenges for IoT and Industry 4.0

ow Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) is an evolving network technology for Internet of Things (IoT) applications which offers long-range and wide-area communication at low-power. It provides an underpinning infrastructure to enable and support new business models around IoT field. Connecting various things surrounding us such as machines, devices, people and even animals using this technology via advanced sensors, electronic boards, and gateways is adding a great value and improve the quality of our daily life by capturing valuable data to understand how things are behaving near us and taking the appropriate decision towards this behaviour.

In reality, LPWAN networks represent a new communication paradigm, which will complement traditional cellular and short range wireless technologies to meet wide range of IoT applications includes smart city and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications requirements. LPWAN technologies such as (LoRa, Sigfox, Weightless, NB-IoT etc. ) offer unique sets of features including wide-area connectivity for low power and low data rate devices. These are leading LPWAN technologies that compete for large-scale IoT deployment. These technologies can be represented as a last mile technologies for IoT filed whereby it connects end devices (LPWAN-enabled devices) to a standard IP network via LPWAN–enabled gateways wirelessly. In this talk, LoRa technology as open network solution for “Connected Birmingham initiative” will be addressed.

According to Gartner recent reports, more than 50 billion devices will be connected through radio communications by 2020. LPWAN networks will play major role in this growth by providing low-rate long-range radio communication connectivity. In rural area, the range can be as long as 15 KM, while in urban area the range can be up to 4 KM. However, LoRa technology provides smooth connectivity at low and adaptive data rate that make it a perfect choice for wide range of smart city use cases. As IoT grows, LoRa technology will remain a major player in developing the industry by supporting the industry 4.0 solutions (e.g. Smart factory) as proved its capability in many industrial projects.

At Birmingham City University, team of academics and students are deploying LoRa network across the city. Over the last two months, two LoRa gateways had been installed and configured. In addition, in the next couple of months, four outdoor gateways will be installed at different locations in the city to extend the coverage. This will pave the way to many local companies and organisations to consider IoT solutions in their business domain and enable them to accelerate the development of their use cases. Hopefully this will help in achieving the vison of smart city that had been formulated by the local authority of the west midland region.

Dr Adel Aneiba will deliver his talk during IoT Lunch Seminar: Delivering Value with the IoT and industry 4.0 .

Join us Wednesday the 9th of May at Birmingham City University.

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Connecting Networked Devices

The amount of data that lives on systems that are unconnected (or unreliably connected) to the network vastly outweighs the data that lives in the cloud.Read this O’Reilly Media guide, and you’ll learn about:

  • The unique security challenge for connected devices in the IoT
  • The relevant differences between local devices, devices on the IoT edge, and devices in the cloud
  • How to prototype and what you need to plan for scale
  • What to consider when designing your prototype
  • How to address the life-cycle activities of a connected device

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