Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Eleven-x and Kerlink pilot LoRa apps

Steve Rogerson
June 5, 2018
 
Eleven-x, operator of Canada’s first and only public coast-to-coast, low-power LoRa IoT network, and French firm Kerlink are launching pilot programmes in smart parking, asset tracking, water metering, fuel tank monitoring, smart waste management and other applications.
 
Deployed in 22 markets and powered by Kerlink Wirnet stations for managing millions of bidirectional messages every day from sensors and other devices, the programme enables testing, development and proof-of-concept deployment of IoT services.
 
“Since the network’s nationwide rollout, Canadians have shown strong enthusiasm for launching a variety of applications and creating new use cases in the categories where IoT connectivity excels at improving business and municipal efficiency, safety and security,” said Dan Mathers, Eleven-x CEO. “Kerlink’s stations and ongoing support of our network are facilitating the launch of these pilot programmes across the country.”
 
The two companies completed rollout of the network earlier this year. Deployed in 22 markets and powered by Kerlink Wirnet stations for managing millions of bidirectional messages every day from sensors and other data-collecting devices, it enables testing, development and proof-of-concept deployment of IoT services. The coast-to-coast network serves most major Canadian markets, allowing companies to implement mass deployments of their IoT services.
 
“Kerlink LoRaWan gateways, which are known for flexible deployment capability and reliable performance in virtually any conditions, are powering nationwide LoRaWans in many European countries, as well as in India, New Zealand, Argentina and now in Canada,” said Carlos Briceño, Kerlink vice president for the Americas. “Now the network is up and operating as expected, our team will continue to provide the support for Eleven-x to help its customers fully realise the benefits of low-power, wide area IoT connectivity.”
 
Teams from Kerlink and Eleven-x are in Vancouver, British Columbia, this week for the LoRa Alliance’s tenth all members meeting and open house.
 
In addition to its Wanesy management centre and geolocation offerings, Kerlink also demonstrated its device management platform leveraging the Lightweight M2M (LwM2M) protocol over LoRaWan, powered by IoTerop’s IOWA stack. This showed the ability to control, manage and monitor a fleet of devices using multiple protocols. These include Kerlink’s LoRaWan Wal-e demo end-device, based on its low-power IoT reference design and an off-the-shelf Philips Hue colour light.
 
Software and communications security firm Escrypt has integrated its KMS for LoRaWan with OrbiWise’s OrbiWan LoRaWan network server on Eleven-x’s network, increasing levels of data security for smart city and IoT applications using the network.