SMART Cities using LoRaWAN
The LoRaWAN Network, like any beta network, has been in a steady phase of market testing and gradual consumer adoption. The LoRaWAN Network’s real market competition has been cellular network connectivity made popular by large cell phone providers like Verizon and AT&T. But unlike cellular connectivity, which only services devices with limited strength and large power consumption, LoRaWAN provides long range signal coverage through radio frequency.
What this really means is reliability. Notice how AT&T’s slogan is “The Nation’s Largest & Most Reliable Network”. It’s simply because good cellular networks are scarce and therefore create the value proposition amongst competitors. LoRaWAN surpasses the reliability factor, which is making it the preferred digital infrastructure in growing metropolitan cities worldwide.
In a bit of research, we came across a great whitepaper by Semtech on the transformation of SMART cities using LoRaWAN. A profound insight noted highlighted the rapid evolution of growing cities:
“Cities are growing and are adopting new smart solutions to better manage services, improve quality of life and reduce operating expenses in a sustainable way. LoRa Technology is expected to be a critical component in the success of these initiatives.”
The executive summary continues with:
“The world’s population is increasingly moving to cities, which has kicked off a quest to use smart city technology to help cities build a sustainable infrastructure that provides smart governance, smart energy, smart mobility, smart infrastructure, smart technology, smart healthcare, and smart citizens.”
The use of LoRaWAN makes real-time data collection on ‘Things’ that seemingly don’t produce standard “cell phone” type data possible. Things like:
- Street Lighting
- Traffic Light Maintenance
- Waste Management
- Noise and Air Pollution
City infrastructures are able to be optimized for better public usage, increase preventative responsiveness, and better understand and manage city resources as highlighted by Semtech.
The takeaway here is the level and vast number of ‘Things’ the LoRaWAN Network connects to a central cloud-based platform. Meaning, it is becoming the digital infrastructure for cities looking to be more sustainable and efficient.
Why does this matter for Golf?
In our latest article, our interview with Jim revealed something very interesting to us. Jim, who has had a long career in digital infrastructure setup, is leading a Tech Committee at his local golf course. One of Jim’s major questions that he proposed to the Board of Directors and his Tech Committee was “How do we develop an eco-system of applying future technologies at the course?”
During our discussion Jim recognized the need for central digital layer to connect all the infrastructure components on his. Jim noted that the technology was changing so rapidly “that irrigation systems are far more advanced today than even three years ago.” The likely choice to connect these components into one central platform with real-time data readouts is LoRaWAN. The golf course terrain is consistent with what major metropolitan cities are moving towards across the world.