Wipro has become a member of the LoRa Alliance to help accelerate development in IoT solution deployments using Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) technology for customers in sectors like natural resources, smart cities, ports, energy, utilities, logistics, etc.
LoRa, short for long range, is a modulation method that claims to provide better range than other technologies. LoRaWAN is a MAC protocol for high capacity long range and low powered networks that is being standardized by the LoRa Alliance for LPWAN. The Alliance ensures that, despite International adoption of the network, it remain interoperable across devices. The network operates in unlicensed bands.
Note that Wipro recently acquired Appirio, a US based cloud services company, which integrates services like loud management centre for analytics, and consultations for companies that want to adapt to using cloud services. Wipro could leverage this acquisition to provide a backend for its IoT platform based on the LoRaWAN network.
Note that in November 2015, Tata Communications has conducted successful trials of its new Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) in Mumbai and Delhi. Tata would essentially provide the gateway host to connect a sensor with the network server. However, it was not clear if the company would provide the backend networks as well, which Wipro will likely provide.
As we have said before, the potential of such a network is immense. Every vehicle could be tagged, automatically logging parking timings or even automating online payment at toll booths. It could be used to monitor water levels, air pollution levels, traffic health etc., all over the same network. We wonder how Wipro’s implementation will be, as it’s not yet clear what applications will be available.