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LoRaWAN IoT network deployed in Japan

The network will provide a wide range of services from equipment monitoring to tracking senior citizens and children

SoftBank "looks forward" to building a vibrant LPWAN business in Japan
SoftBank "looks forward" to building a vibrant LPWAN business in Japan

A LoRaWAN-based Internet of Things (IoT) network is being deployed in Japan by multinational telecommunications and Internet technology company, SoftBank Corporation. It will be based on Semtech’s LoRa wireless RF technology.


The new network is initially expected to provide services for IoT applications such as equipment monitoring and control at commercial facilities, buildings, warehouses and other venues, automated gas and water meter reading, tracking for senior citizens and children, monitoring highway and railroad infrastructure, and managing of logistics and fleets of cars, trucks and buses.


It is comprised of hardware, software and services from Actility and Hon Hai Precision Industry with Semtech LoRa Technology embedded in the sensors and gateways.


“We see IoT as a major growth driver for us and believe that a LoRaWAN-based network will provide our customers with a standards-based platform for connecting devices, machines, and other equipment in an intelligent way,” said Hironobu Tamba, vice president, service platform strategy and development division of SoftBank.


“We look forward to building a vibrant LPWAN business in Japan through close technology and market collaboration with Semtech and their ecosystem partners.”


In anticipation of the full-fledged IoT era, SoftBank says it will deploy LoRaWAN first and aim to deploy the full set of LPWA networks, including Cat-M1 and NB-IoT, to ensure that it can efficiently comply with differing environments.


Semtech, Actility, Hon Hai Precision Industry, and SoftBank are members of the LoRa Alliance, which now has 400 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications. Through its work with member companies and IoT industry groups, it is making LoRaWAN the standard for LPWANs focused on low power, long-range IoT applications.


To date, there are LoRaWAN public and private networks in more than 50 countries worldwide.


“We are excited to see that SoftBank is launching an IoT network based on Semtech’s LoRa wireless RF technology,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president and general manager, wireless and sensing product group at Semtech. “It’s also yet another great example of how ecosystem partners from the LoRa Alliance continue to work together to establish the LoRaWAN protocol as the leading solution for LPWANs worldwide.”


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