Tata Communications in move to develop LoRa networks for IoT

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A division of Tata Communications and French specialist Kerlink have formed a partnership to promote low-power networks for the internet of things (IoT).

The Tata unit will work with Kerlink, based in northern France, to promote so-called LoRa – low range – technology for smart-city applications for lighting, parking, building, energy and refuse management, as well as smart agriculture, metering, and safety and security applications.

“Despite the rapid growth of IoT, many companies and cities are still searching for a private IoT network solution that can be customized for their specific goals and deployed and managed easily,” said Madhusudhan Mysore, executive chairman and CEO of Tata Communications Transformation Services, speaking at a conference in Berlin.

He said the two companies’ preferred technology, LoRa wide area networking (LoRaWAN) “is the ideal private-network solution for these groups”.

He said that Tata and Kerlink have already deployed LoRaWAN networks in more than 40 Indian communities and cities, touching over 250 million people in total.

“There is a compelling story to tell about how Tata Communications and Kerlink customers in India and around the world quickly and easily deployed LoRaWAN-based solutions that deliver multiple IoT benefits to users over long-range, low-power, and bidirectional networks,” said Eric Torres of Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), the unit of Tata that is specialising in the IoT technology.

Robert Clapham, Kerlink’s deputy CEO, said: “Kerlink’s high-performance equipment and network design and management offerings, which have been validated in challenging environments around the world, will be key components of this joint offer with TCTS.”