Among the applications will be to monitor and analyse weather conditions to better inform the areaís burgeoning agricultural community
Machine to machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturer Multi-Tech Systems, has announced the completion of a smart city implementation within the city of Weinan in the Shaanxi Province of China.
Utilising MultiTech’s IoT solutions in conjunction with sensors and a LoRaWAN network server from The Things Network, the city has introduced a revolutionary system to track and analyse critical data from sensors located throughout its 2.5 mile span.
Weinan’s assets include a burgeoning agricultural community. Monitoring and analysing pivotal information regarding this community, including wind speed, temperature, barometric pressure and humidity, can impact the success of its fragile agricultural system and ultimately influence the cityís economy.
LoRaWAN is fast being deployed internationally in the subGHz ISM-Bands, dramatically reducing the complexities and bureaucracy associated with traditional methods of connectivity. It serves as a complement to cellular and satellite networks by connecting assets scattered over a wide area in often difficult to reach locations through a gateway (situated where cellular or satellite coverage exists), providing quick to deploy connectivity to an IoT platform.
The unique technology, introduced by the LoRa Alliance, allows public or private single-or multi-tenant networks to connect multiple applications in the same space coexisting to enable new IoT, M2M, smart city, sensor-network, and industrial-automation applications.
"LoRaWAN technology is a critical component in realising resource management within cities," said Stefan Lindvall, CEO of MultiTech. "Weinan’s implemention of MultiTech’s IoT solutions is further reinforcement of the value and worldwide potential of these cutting-edge technologies."
MultiConnect Conduit provides access to critical data from Weinan’s remote sensors deployed on cell towers and throughout the high-tech district of Weinan.
MultiConnect mDot’s, utilised by Phillisense in their mini weather station, are LoRaWAN-certified and provide two-way communication from assets in the field. All of the data is monitored with the The Things Network customised IoT DashBoard and TTN Network Server located in City of Weinan’s data centre.
"With a small group of people it is possible to provide an entire city with data connectivity for things," said initiator of The Things Network, Wienke Giezeman. "A remarkable community, Weinan should be proud to call itself one of the first functioning models of a smart city."