Is the Future of Edge Bundled More Tightly Than Ever?


Senet and CalChip Connect Partner to Simplify LoRaWAN Solution Deployments

The edge of the IoT and Industrial IoT has been notoriously difficult to tackle, with so many vendors for solution providers to choose from as they build their own stacks, or build customized stacks for their enterprise customers, and so many networking and computing protocols.

Arguably these challenges – along with unanticipated consequences, including runaway costs and cyber attacks on distributed connected systems – have slowed adoption and held back ROI.

Now, with more spectrum coming online that supports both speed (5G) and attractive financial models (CBRS), we’re starting to see a pattern within the multiple IoT/IIoT ecosystems. Edge deployments are increasing in popularity, because the software, appliances, sensors, devices, networking, security solutions, edge orchestration practices and innovation is making more value possible. What the industry may have been missing is a pre-packaged, scalable, hardened, and repeatable platform.

Pre-engineered edge platforms are increasingly coming fully packaged, literally “in a box” with all components arriving together, allowing the solution to be simply assembled on site, or in a pure plug-and-play scenario, dropped in place.

Repeatable designs keep things simple, affordable, predictable, and scalable. The right designs are also risk reducers. Instead of a company spending time on long-term planning and sweating over the details (even as the market continues to change), with edge packaged bundles, decisions can be made instantly.

Consistency and quality are maximized, complexity is minimized, and confidence levels are dramatically improved.

Senet, which provides cloud-based software and services that enable global connectivity on-demand, and CalChip Connect, an IoT hardware distributor, announced a partnership to bring Senet-compatible LoRaWAN gateways and sensor-enabled end devices to market through the CalChip Connect e-commerce platform.

With LoRaWAN becoming one of the fastest growing technology standards being adopted for highly scalable IoT solution deployments, this partnership allows Senet RAN partners, vertical market solution providers, and end customers to shorten their deployment times and accelerate ROI, knowing they are working with LoRaWAN hardware and network connectivity that has been pre-qualified to be interoperable.

“LoRaWAN is specifically designed for a new generation of long-range networks and low-cost, low-power devices that are becoming ubiquitous in enterprise, utility, and smart city applications,” said Jason Giuliano, CEO of CalChip Connect.

Through this value-add distribution agreement, a growing number of Senet compatible LoRaWAN gateways and end-devices are available for purchase in volume, with CalChip Connect managing inventory levels, warehousing, and shipping on behalf of the original equipment manufacturers. CalChip will also be providing customized, pre-provisioned solution bundles and direct shipping to end customers, supporting rapid deployment, and enhancing the customer’s out-of-the-box experience.

“With fewer steps required to deploy an end-to-end solution and value-added services built into the procurement processes, this announcement is an example of how the LoRaWAN ecosystem has matured to provide tangible cost and time-saving benefits to customers ready to deploy solutions today,” said Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet. “Partnering with CalChip Connect provides our customers with state-of-the-art e-commerce and logistics services designed specifically for the needs of the IoT industry, delivering value throughout the purchasing and fulfillment process.”

This distribution partnership supports LoRaWAN solution demand globally, with CalChip Connect providing e-commerce and distribution services worldwide and Senet operating one of the largest publicly available LoRaWAN networks in the United States and providing LoRaWAN network coverage and connectivity readiness in over one hundred and eighty countries.

Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.

Edited by Erik Linask

Special Correspondent

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