Spark, New Zealand’s leading digital-services company has partnered with Kerlink to roll out its nationwide LoRaWAN IoT network.
In areas where the network already operates, Spark has partnered with users eager to experience the energy-efficient, cost-effective benefits of connecting their devices and receiving the valuable data they provide.
Partners include Farmlands and Ballance Agri-Nutrients, two of the country’s largest farmer-owned co-operatives, which have created smart-farming use cases. Farmers can get real-time information about their operations through an array of sensors, enabling them to analyze the data in real time from multiple areas to support farm decisions.
Other early adopters of LoRaWAN connectivity include the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Spark also is targeting key sectors such as health, safety, transportation, asset tracking and smart cities.
LoRaWAN is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) solution for wireless, bidirectional and secure connectivity of battery-powered devices in regional, national or global networks. This technology also enables device native geolocation using the radio network and geolocation-ready LoRaWAN gateways like those provided by Kerlink.