The emergence of new low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology is creating a growing number of opportunities for those involved in smart city project development, according to new market research from ON World. The LPWAN forecast from ON World calls for the technology to be used in more than 150 million smart city connections by 2025.
Capable of transporting RF signals and digital data multiple miles and offering longer-life battery storage, the latest LPWAN technology will enhance smart city project participants to make greater use of the IoT to build out smart city infrastructure and services, San Diego, California-based ON World highlights in a news release.
The number of smart city LPWAN connections worldwide will increase from less than 4 million in 2015, ON World forecasts in its Smart Cities LPWAN report. These include LPWAN connections for smart water networks, transportation, waste management, environmental monitoring and public safety.
Smart city project development will accelerate significantly in the next 10 years as developers leverage cloud platforms, sensors and a variety of other IoT devices, equipment and LPWANs, ON World elaborates. Demand on the part of urban residents for more efficient, less costly, less polluting and more convenient public services is fueling faster growth.
“In the last few years, city IT administrators have been leveraging Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud services and infrastructures. LPWANs with integrated cloud stacks and simplified networking leverages this trend”, says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “This cloud centric approach greatly simplifies installation, networking and web integration that significantly drives down service costs for smart cities.”
ON World identifies more than 100 companies that currently offer or are developing LPWAN products and services focused on smart city projects and development. Among them are established OEMs and smart grid platform providers, such as Endetec Homerider Systems, Honeywell, Itron and Trilliant. Emerging startups include Enevo, Flashnet, Libelium, Telensa, Urbiotica and Worldsensing.
One telco that has been very active on the smart city is AT&T which has created a Smart Cities Framework. The company is working with Cisco, Deloitte, GE, IBM and Qualcomm on the smart city.