As More LoRaWAN-Ready Devices Come Online, Certification and Qualification Becomes More Vitally Important

By Arti Loftus October 19, 2021

Device Test Status and Web-Based Submission Process Accelerate the Qualification of a Growing Number of LoRaWAN Devices Entering the Market

The global low power wide area network (LPWAN) market is expected to record an 84.3% growth between 2021 and 2029 owing to increased adoption of the Internet of Things and M2M applications, according to a study recently released by Research and Markets.

LPWAN provides an affordable data transmission network for applications, including smart building operations, as well as utility sector solutions including smart gas and water metering (expected to be the fastest-growing segment according to the study). The utility sector is expected to account for 23.3% of all LPWAN applications through 2029.

Many IoT applications require that data be gathered and sent across long distances, not just within buildings or smaller campuses, with sensors sometimes being miles away from the gateways they are connecting to. For IoT deployments that work in agriculture settings or in warehouses, devices may be required to transmit small packets of information periodically for years or even a decade on a single battery charge.

These remote, long-term distributed IoT applications bring with them network design and deployment challenges, which are being solved for with LoRaWAN®,an open standard supported by the LoRa Alliance and a rapidly growing ecosystem of over 500 device, network, software and solution companies.

LoRaWAN systems are generally defined as supporting long range (>5 km urban, >10 km suburban, >80 km line of sight), battery life up to 10 years, low cost at under $5 per module, low data rates (0.3 bps –50 kbps, bidirectional signaling, operating securely using unlicensed spectrum.

Senet, a true pioneer in LoRaWAN, continues to address growing opportunities in the category, including making it easier for solution providers, system integrators, and application developers to identify IoT devices that meet the quality standards for commercial operation on LoRaWAN networks.

Device manufacturers engaging with Senet benefit from qualified operation of the largest and most densely deployed public carrier-grade LoRaWAN network in the United States. Senet is currently deployed in over 29 states, covering over 1,300 cities, serving a population of over 55 million people, and processing over 1.5 billion transactions annually.

To support the growing demand for LoRaWAN solutions, including verified sensor-enabled IoT devices, Senet has implemented a tiered device status designation that indicates the level of testing completed on its network. This testing provides end-users with confidence that devices listed on the Senet Marketplace are compliant with the LoRaWAN standard and will produce predictable and reliable results when deployed at scale.

This status designation illustrates Senet’s rigorous device testing process which includes pre-join behavior, join scenarios, adaptive data rate, data rate back-off, uplink retransmission, uplink channel utilization and downlink capabilities, and yields a detailed compliance test report that is shared with companies who submit their devices for testing.

Senet’s new Marketplace device status designations include:

•             Pre-Test: Device has passed general connectivity testing on the Senet network

•             Evaluating: Device is in Senet’s labs for testing

•             Senet Recommended: Device has been tested and/or deployed by Senet

“Too often, IoT devices are implemented without the appropriate level of testing, leading to field failures, costly replacements or abandoned projects. These avoidable situations undermine one of the primary value propositions of LoRaWAN, which is a ten-to-fifteen-year end-device life without the need for physical intervention,” said Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet. “As the LoRaWAN ecosystem continues to grow, the Senet Marketplace is becoming a central hub for end users to find the latest devices and solutions. To support this growth and further remove barriers to entry, we continue to welcome submissions from manufacturers and solution providers wanting to partner on device qualification and promotion.”

Senet has tested hundreds of LoRaWAN devices ranging from smart water meters to asset trackers, environmental sensors, waste fill level monitors, temperature and humidity sensors, pest traps, building sensors, and many others.

To streamline and accelerate the qualification of a growing number of devices entering the market, Senet has implemented a new web-based product submission process. Device makers wishing to extend their market reach, shorten their sales cycle, and promote their products with Senet can submit device testing requests using a Marketplace submission form and once qualified, earn a special designation from Senet’s labs.

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 Luke Bellos

Special Correspondent

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