Senet expands LoRaWan across Tampa Bay

  • August 2, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

New Hampshire-based Senet is expanding its public LoRaWan across the Tampa Bay metro region.

With dense carrier-grade coverage already in place to support smart metering for water utilities, Senet is expanding its network to cover over 4000 square kilometres across Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, including the cities of Tampa Bay and St Petersburg.

This network will be the largest and densest metropolitan deployment of public carrier-grade LoRaWan connectivity in North America, says Senet, providing capacity to support millions of IoT device connections from over 80 planned tower sites.

Due to gateway density and signal strength, the network will provide broad outdoor coverage and indoor penetration, making Senet’s Tampa Bay area public LoRaWan a connectivity choice for energy and utility companies, municipal (smart city), manufacturing and distribution, asset tracking, and multi-location campus enterprises.

Water and gas utilities, for example, can enhance their service offerings by implementing additional infrastructure monitoring and safety applications such as leak detection, valve control and asset tracking, while municipalities and businesses can instrument their operations with low-cost sensors connected to the network to drive productivity and offer new services to their citizens and customers.

“As IoT technologies are increasingly influencing how we design, develop, build and operate the world’s physical infrastructure, our vision is to design networks that create a focal point of innovation for high-growth regions like Tampa Bay metro area,” said Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet. “The combination of customer readiness, economic growth and a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem make this a great location to advance our infrastructure investments to help drive and support ongoing municipal and business efficiencies, resource conservation and overall economic vitality.”

The LoRaWan is being expanded on a rolling construction schedule and will be complete by the end of 2021. The network already has densely deployed areas and is available immediately for use in pilots and commercial applications.

To increase the value this digital infrastructure brings to the region, Senet is collaborating with regional organisations, partners and end users to develop interest and understand application and coverage requirements.

“Senet’s leadership position in deploying and managing public and private carrier-grade LoRaWan services for the utilities market has led to a natural extension into critical infrastructure and essential business IoT applications across markets,” said Mohan Maheswaran, CEO of Semtech. “Senet’s Tampa Bay LoRaWan deployment is an exciting development for the LoRaWan ecosystem.

Senet says it operates the largest and most densely deployed public carrier-grade LoRaWan in the USA, deployed in over 29 states, covering more than 1300 cities, serving a population of over 55 million people and processing millions of transactions daily.