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Is 5G ready for the IoT?
Source:Original | Author:Calio Huang of C&T RF Antennas Inc | Publish time: 2019-08-27 | 474 Views | Share:

The most notable of these is LoRa, a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) technology based on unlicensed public spectrum, which was originally developed in 2009 but has been widely adopted in the past 12-18 months. It is specifically designed to send very small amounts of data at very low overhead.

Of course, there are some limitations. A LoRa module provides approximately 10 kilometers of coverage in open space, which limits it to use cases with static devices operating in a fixed area. Public LoRa networks also exist, but these networks only cover major urban areas, unlike cellular networks, where devices can be reliably connected in almost any city.

Whether it is the right technology depends on your specific needs, including location, bandwidth, and security. Or, by using current cellular technology and accepting larger batteries in the short term or through a combination of technologies, you can better meet your needs.

Most IoT applications are viable on currently available technologies. Implement it correctly, once its coverage is more common and hardware is cheaper, you are ready to transition to 5G.