KPN Group (a Dutch telecom vendor) has announced that The Netherlands has become the first country to have actively deployed a nationwide Long Range (LoRa) network, including the much awaited Internet-of-Things.
Internet-of-Things (IoT) envisages technology which is able to connect daily objects to networks. With the introduction of low data rates (LoRa), it will be challenging to connect objects, as people still don’t know how to link home or work Wi-Fi networks to get internet access.
Back in November, the initial phase of the network was carried out in Rotterdam and The Hague. Also, it is evident that the LoRa network supports KPN’s networks for all the 2G, 3G and 4G phones.
KPN’s another achievement is that it has already reached deals to connect around 1.5 million objects. These numbers are only going to shoot up as LoRa network has been setup all across the country. It is also said that tests are already being conducted at the Schiphol airport (reportedly, one of the busiest airline hubs of Europe) in Amsterdam for baggage handling.
Simultaneously, another experiment is being carried out in the Utrecht rail station for allowing LoRa to monitor rail switches. Also, depth sounders have been fitted at the port of Rotterdam with devices that can connect them to the IOT network.
For successful activation of the LoRa network, KPN said that due to “substantial customer interest” it was stepped up across the country.