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Unidata to deploy nationwide IoT network in Italy

The telecom firm will also set up a lab to encourage businesses and cities to develop IoT applications and services

Unidata plans to have the entire city covered by the network by 2017
Unidata plans to have the entire city covered by the network by 2017

Unidata will implement a low power, wide area network (LPWAN) across Italy using the LoRaWAN technology platform. The telecom firm is also setting up a showroom, the “LoRa Lab”, near its Rome headquarters with the aim of encouraging businesses and cities to develop Internet of Things (IoT) applications and services.


LoRaWAN is a specification based on Semtech Corporation’s LoRa technology that is standardised by the LoRa Alliance and widely used in smart metering, smart city, smart building, agriculture and supply chain management applications throughout the world


Unidata’s LPWAN is being rolled out initially in Rome and other municipalities in the Lazio region of Italy where it already has extensive fibre optic networks and radio infrastructure. It plans to cover the entire city by 2017. Some six million people live in the region.


“The new smart cities and territories are in need of technological infrastructures for the IoT that will become the new digital highways of the future IT services,” said Renato Brunetti, president of Unidata. “According to our needs at Unidata, LoRaWAN is the most appropriate technology in terms of sustainability and effectiveness to respond to this ambitious goal.”


“By adopting LoRaWAN technology and building a hub for LoRa, Unidata is helping to ensure compatibility with a wide range of IoT solutions and will further enhance our community of LoRa users,” added Marc Pegulu, vice president and general manager of Semtech’s wireless and sensing product group.


The LoRaWAN technology platform is a comprehensive solution for low power, long-range connectivity, which is essential for LPWANs supporting IoT applications, said Semtech. The company claims it offers deep penetrability, secure connectivity, long battery lifetime and streamlined implementation for simple network rollout, as well as integration into existing infrastructure.

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