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Libelium powers US cities with LoRaWAN and Sigfox

The deployment of the technology in San Francisco and Colorado builds on smart projects that Libelium is already undertaking in these regions

Waspmote Plug & Sense! is now available in the US with LoRaWAN and Sigfox connectivity
Waspmote Plug & Sense! is now available in the US with LoRaWAN and Sigfox connectivity

San Francisco and Colorado have become the first North American regions with smart water and environment projects deployed with Libelium’s technology connected to low power wide area network (LPWAN) protocols.


Libelium designs and manufactures hardware and a software development kit for wireless sensor networks. It has now added LoRaWAN and Sigfox wireless connectivity for North America to its Waspmote OEM sensor device for developers and Waspmote Plug and Sense! sensor networks products.


The first deployment of the technology builds on work Libelium is already undertaking in these regions. It is developing a smart water project with Sigfox and San Francisco County and enhancing new projects to monitor weather and environment conditions with LoRaWAN connectivity in Colorado.


Libelium’s mission is to continue to offer widest interoperability in the array of connectivity choices for the IoT. It is joining forces with LoRaWAN and Sigfox global networks in response to strong demand for low-energy, long-range and cost efficient IoT connectivity in North America. In terms of network coverage, Semtech is partnering with Comcast to deploy LoRaWAN networks in 30 cities while Sigfox is expanding its network to 100 US cities.


“We are successfully offering these protocols in their European version since 2015 and checking its viability for environment, pollution, water quality and smart parking applications,” said Alicia Asín, CEO of Libelium. “We strongly believe that making them available in their American version will speed up market adoption in the 900 MHz markets.”


Customers can make their choice of LPWAN preferred protocol for Waspmote Plug & Sense! in 900MHz or 868MHz bands -- depending on geographic destination -- when ordering except for the smart parking model where both radios (LoRaWAN/Sigfox) are always included.


“We have managed to offer a dual radio in our Smart Parking node at a very competitive price, which increases our customers’ options, one of our design principles. They can compare the performance of both technologies in one installation, work in hybrid networks or change from one to another easily from the Cloud,” explained Asín. “We consider this kind of features crucial to keep a healthy and competitive IoT landscape.”


With this update, Libelium IoT Sensor Platform is ready to use the 900-930 MHz band for the US, Canada, Mexico and Singapore. The platform currently includes FCC and IC certification for the US and Canada.


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