The LoRa core network service is delivered through Actility’s ThingPark wireless solution, a fully integrated platform for the IoT
Internet of Things specialist Actility has partnered with Finnish broadcast network operator, Digita to deploy the first commercial LoRa network in Finland.
The announcement follows completion of a successful trial period lasting several months. Rollout for full area coverage starts from major cities and the service is expected to be available nationwide for implementation at local level from October 2016.
According to Actility, the deployment also underscores the opportunity that LoRa brings for companies like Digita, a non-traditional cellular operator, to leverage the tall radio and television masts of its broadcast network to become key IoT players.
The LoRa core network service is delivered through Actility’s ThingPark wireless solution, a fully integrated platform for the IoT. Making use of Digita’s broadcast masts means that the technology can be deployed at extremely high points and exploited to its full range. The company said it expects to be able to beat the current LoRa range record of 15km.
During the trial, Digita collaborated with apartment rental and housing services group VVO to explore potential benefits for smart homes. Using Actility’s platform, it evaluated a solution which monitored temperature and humidity in 200 of the group’s properties in the city of Espoo. Digita’s solution eliminated the need for property-specific installations, as it was based on sensors within apartments that were able to communicate directly with its system.
“Maintaining healthy living conditions is easy when the factors that affect residents’ comfort can be recognised in real time,” said Kimmo Rintala, head of VVO Group’s property development unit. “Continuous measuring also enables us to detect obvious apartment-specific faults even before the residents themselves have time to react.”
“Finland is an innovative country, with a real hunger for new technologies. The IoT provides fantastic new opportunities to create compelling services for citizens and government,” added Olivier Hersent, CTO of Actility. “The increased area that can be reached quickly by implementing LoRa technology on broadcast masts, ensures even better coverage and reduces the required number of gateways.”