Orange is joining the LoRa alliance that advocates LoRaWAN network, a global, carrier-grade low power wide area network (LPWAN) that provides long-range, low-power connectivity between sensors and base stations. Orange will be joining other Alliance Board members including IBM, Cisco, Bouygues Telecom, KPN, Proximus, DU Emirates Integrated Telecom and Swisscom.
LoRaWAN networks have distinctive properties that make them well suited to be cost effectively deployed for a wide range of IoT and M2M applications including metering, supply chain management, maintenance/supervision, agriculture and precision farming, intelligent building, identification/geolocation and smart city services.
In September last year, Orange announced that it would build an IoT network across France to provide a foundation for a range of “smart city” applications. After a successful test of the LoRaWAN protocol in Grenoble, France with more than 50 partner companies, Orange selected the networking technology as the basis for this network rollout.
To date, Orange is the largest operator adopter of the LoRaWAN standard. The network will allow cities and companies to develop smart city applications and to run them on the Orange network thus avoiding having to build out their own infrastructure.