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IoT comes to remote Corsican village

The deployment on the Mediterranean island demonstrates the flexibility of LoRaWAN connectivity

The private IoT network aims to help support sustainable development on the island
The private IoT network aims to help support sustainable development on the island

Kerlink and Sitec have deployed a small private Internet of Things (IoT) network in a remote village in the Mediterranean island of Corsica to demonstrate how it can help support sustainable development.


The so-called “smart paese” (smart village) network in the secluded mountainous village of Cozzano is intended to demonstrate the flexibility of LoRaWAN in keeping rural areas connected.


The LoRaWAN IoT network, which has been customised for the demographics and specific characteristics of the 300-person village, provides real-time data for monitoring village infrastructure, including a biomass boiler and micro-hydropower plants as well as a school with 40 students.


In a companion smart-farm application, GPS sensors designed by Corsican computer-services company, Sitec, and attached to a local farmer’s pigs allow the farmer to track their location in a thickly wooded area surrounding the village and monitor their conditions throughout their lifecycle for improved farm efficiency.


Sitec also designed the small private network along with the University of Corsica and CNRS, France’s largest governmental research organisation, which also provided network simulation.


Meanwhile, Kerlink, an IoT solutions specialist, provided solar-powered Wirnet stations for the network, which also will monitor temperature, air quality and soil quality.


“The Cozzano IoT network demonstrates how LoRaWAN small private networks can be designed for and deployed in a wide range of unique and challenging environments, said Marie Le Berre, vice president, Kerlink Infrastructure Solutions.


“This robust, flexible network overcomes all those challenges to provide the security, performance and reliability of the most-dense LoRaWAN networks anywhere.”


“As the world’s population continues its steady migration to urban areas, there is a risk that rural areas and communities far from the cities will fall further and further behind in the implementation of digital technologies that can improve health, the economy, security and transportation,” added Jean-Sébastien Gualtieri, IT research engineer, Sitec.


“The LoRaWANTM small private network in Cozzano is a case study of how governments at the state level can team up with innovative companies to prevent rural communities from falling behind.


“In Cozzano, researchers made the rural dimension the core of their scientific thinking, involving local stakeholders, such as small farm operators,” Gualtieri continued. “In addition to making the local infrastructure more efficient, the network provides practical applications that help sustain small agribusinesses, which are a vital part of many rural communities.”


EDF, integrated French electricity company, is also a partner of the smart paese project.


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