Sunday, May 19, 2024

A Quantum Leap In Long-Distance Connectivity

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Delve deeper into game-changing technological innovation, setting the stage for a future where the boundaries of connectivity are endlessly expanded.

In a development that signifies a leap in the world of technology, the previously held long-distance record of LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) has been shattered. A new benchmark has been set at a staggering 1336 km (830 miles), transcending the earlier record by a significant margin. This achievement comes after three years, showcasing the relentless pursuit of innovation in the technical industry.

This moment was orchestrated on the picturesque coast of Sesimbra, Portugal. A collaborative effort led by the custodian project, spearheaded by Solvit, witnessed the integration of LoRaWAN trackers on the fishing boat ‘Estrela de Sesimbra’ and its accompanying buoys. The project enjoys the patronage of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement EEA GRANTS Blue Growth Programme and sees participation from entities, including FIT/ISEL, where the eminent researcher Nuno Cruz is stationed, along with AirCentre DOCAPESCA, LOTAÇOR, NTNU, UAVISION, and TERINOV.

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A critical aspect that sets this record apart is its sea-level realisation, offering a controlled environment that negates the variability introduced by differing altitudes. This ensures a more standardised and objective analysis of LoRaWAN’s true potential. While it is pivotal to acknowledge the monumental nature of this feat, it is equally important to recognise that typical devices operating through The Things Stack cover a span between 25 and 100 meters from the gateway.

The STMicroelectronics STEVAL-STRKT01 tracker was powering this endeavour, a  technology optimised for spearheading innovations in IoT applications, ranging from asset and people tracking to advanced fleet management solutions. To explore more use cases like this, enthusiasts and professionals are cordially invited to the flagship industry event, The Things Conference 2023, scheduled for 21-22 September. Embark on an expedition with The Things Stack, a powerhouse facilitating IoT projects globally. Get ready to witness the future of technology unfold and start a journey steering the helm towards an era of unprecedented connectivity and technological advancements.

Akanksha Gaur
Akanksha Gaur
Akanksha Sondhi Gaur is a journalist at EFY. She has a German patent and brings a robust blend of 7 years of industrial & academic prowess to the table. Passionate about electronics, she has penned numerous research papers showcasing her expertise and keen insight.


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