Low Power Networks Summit

Conected-WorldLow Power Wide Area Networking is taking the IoT market by storm, enabling a wide range of IoT and M2M applications with low-bandwidth connectivity. Its decreased power requirements, combined with its long range capabilities, are well suited for connecting widely dispersed devices, sensors, equipment and facilities.

The applications are as endless as the technologies rush to gain dominance in the marketplace. LoRa, zigbee, Bluetooth, Wi-SUN, RPMA, LoRaWAN, Sigfox, Ultra Narrow Band, LTE-MTC, and Narrowband IoT are just a few of the wireless communication networks available to designers and engineers looking to add low power networking to their designs.

How do you navigate these waters? Attend IoT West and sit in on the Low Power Networking Summit. This track of sessions, given by industry leaders in the field, will help attendees select and deploy a low power network to suit their needs and budgets.

Low Power Networks Summit Sessions Include: 
Low Power Networking Panel Discussion
Low power wireless networks are a lynch pin for an IoT system.  They are the critical element connecting the remote device in a home, office, factory, or outdoor facility getting remote devices connected to the cloud.  With the many wireless standards to choose from, are there applications or environments that certain ones have advantages. What drives the decision of which one to use, what’s the consequence of choosing the wrong one, how to handle security, what’s next – join us as we discuss which low power wireless technologies are best for IoT.

Jim Kokal, President – Wavetrix
Wendy WarneTechnical Program Manager – Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
Joe Andrulis, Industry Consultant – Highland Partners
Additional Panelist TBA

LPWAN Ecosystem – It Takes a Village to Raise an Industrial IoT Application
Everyone’s talking about IoT, and companies are now adding IoT into their business model. However, most businesses do not have the expertise to quickly evaluate and execute on all the different components of the IoT solution stack.

For companies looking to implement IoT solutions, the search of where to start, who to work with, and where to find answers can be overwhelming. It Takes a Village to Raise an Industrial IoT Application will focus on the layers of the IoT stack, explore some of the options that are available in each layer and discuss pros and cons. It Takes a Village to Raise an Industrial IoT Application will also provide some common-sense IoT implementation tips based on lessons learned working with Fortune 100 companies to startups implementing IoT solutions, so businesses can learn from the experiences of others as they move from trial to full roll out.

Allen Proithis, President, North America - Sigfox

IoT and LPWA: Two Acronyms that Need Each Other and Why
Syed Zaeem Hosain, author of second edition of “The Definitive Guide: The Internet of Things for Business,” will share his point of view on the rise of a low bandwidth connectivity solution known as Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks that are optimized for the Internet of Things (IoT).

In his speech, the founder of Aeris will explain what problem LPWA networks are solving and how they are built specifically for M2M and IoT communications to offer long-range, low-power consumption. He will share how LPWA networks solve cost and battery-life issues that cellular technology cannot and how LPWA networks solve range issues that technologies like Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) struggle with; and  cite examples of how the need for LPWAN is much greater in industrial IoT (IIoT), civic and commercial applications. In these environments, the huge numbers of connected devices can only be supported if communications are efficient and power costs are low.

Finally, Hosain will communicate a “call for action” that prompts the audience to embrace why IoT and LPWA together need each other and will help them on their journey of turning their unconnected products into connected services.

Syed Zaeem Hosain, Founder and Chief Technology Officer – Aeris

Non-Cellular Connectivity for Your IoT Project
There is currently a lot of talk surrounding non-cellular connectivity for IoT, and it can be difficult to see how to integrate these new services with your existing devices. The applications that can benefit from these technologies are almost endless, from smart roads to agriculture and renewable energy, but as LPWAN expands globally, cellular technology will help to supplement its growth.

For these sectors and countless more, freedom to use both cellular and LPWAN technologies together is crucial to minimize downtime, and allows devices to be future-proofed despite major market changes.

This presentation will elucidate the different options available to the IoT market today, and show that a flexible approach to connectivity is the most sensible approach in these interim stages of LPWAN.

 Sam Colley, CEO – Podsystem, Inc.

Low Power Networking – Understanding the IoT’s Superpower
Analysts are unanimous: Low-power networking technologies are accelerating the growth and adoption of IoT. With all the options, how do you determine what’s right for your project? From wide-area domain in both unlicensed and licensed spectrum standards to wireless local area domain and the ground-breaking power-saving benefits of Wi-Fi.

This session takes the audience through an examination of a detailed analysis, mapping the top ranking low power networking standards and the critical specifications that really the design. Understand what to look for when reviewing power specifications and the impacting dimensions such power vs. range, power vs mobility, power vs latency.

Walk away learning how to best approach a cost-effective strategy that takes total cost of ownership and supply into consideration by leveraging new module design approaches that mitigate the effect of complexity caused by the proliferation of options.

Kenneth BednaszVP Application Engineering  - Telit 

Introduction to OCF/IoTivity
IoTivity, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project that aims to implement the specification from the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), already supports a variety of operating systems, like Linux (regular variants as well as Tizen and Android) and Arduino, aiming to increase that number later. This presentation will focus on the base framework of IoTivity and will focus on how it has implemented its functionality on those operating systems. It will do that by showing examples of code. At the end, the presenter will show how different systems can connect and talk to each other via the OCF protocol as implemented by IoTivity.

Sashi Penta, Senior Software Engineer and technical lead, Internet of Things – Intel Corp.

Leveraging Low Power WAN in Traditional Applications
SCADA platform providers have long been in the business of anticipating the requirements of system integrators as data acquisition networks have evolved.  During the last 15 years, there has been a wide adoption of IP networks as the infrastructure supporting these networks has become ubiquitous.  New architectures based on low power wide area networks are the next technology evolution to impact SCADA providers.  While new non-SCADA business models are emerging, there is clearly a desire to integrate these networks and the sensors that they support into traditional real-time SCADA applications.  The decision facing system integrators in the current environment is whether to build the infrastructure for LPWAN or use an infrastructure provider and pay as you go.

Edward Nugent, COO – PcVue, Inc.

Addressing the Needs of Outdoor IoT Networks
This presentation reviews some of the challenges of providing robust IoT networking solutions in the outdoor environment.  It also delves into two emerging architectures, tower based LPWANs and wireless mesh networks with an emphasis on open standards based solutions and a quick look at some of the ongoing standards activity.

Bob Heile, Director of Standards – Wi-SUN Alliance

Intelligent Edge Automation
900 MHz Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) radios  have the ability to host Process Automation Apps for intelligent command and control of remote sensors and devices. Without having to leverage municipal Wi-Fi bandwidth, lay fiber or employ cost-prohibitive cellular, cities can now take advantage of proven low-power FHSS technology to automate processes at the network edge.

The proliferation of smart sensors and high-bandwidth devices makes low-power FHSS technology a viable and cybersecure wireless data option.  No longer restricted to pure telemetry or I/O, FHSS increasingly supports voice and video, and can scale to form self-healing mesh networks.  Because FHSS is wireless technology that spreads its signal over rapidly hopping radio frequencies, it is highly resistant to interference and is difficult to intercept. This makes it inherently cybersecure. Moreover, transmits data over much longer distances than Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Lora or Zigbee (up to 60 miles in some cases).

By employing intelligent FHSS technology, municipalities can take advantage of real-world Fog Computing and Intelligent Edge Communication Devices. These devices can be deployed as Process Automation nodes, making decisions and taking action at the Access Level (or at the sensor or device).  Indeed, not only is FHSS a reliable and robust option for IoT networks, it is also a low CAPEX and OPEX solution that can be ruggedized to work for years without maintenance.

Eddie Garcia, Technical Marketing Manager – FreeWave Technologies

LPWAN’s Chicken & Egg Problem
All published market research reports on LPWAN estimate business opportunities in the multibillion IoT device range in the next few years. Based on these expectations many LPWAN networks have been quickly deployed in many countries around the globe. However, the penetration of LoRa on the end-node side is to happening as fast as the LoRa Alliance would like. The same could be said of other LPWAN technologies like NB_IoT, where the demand of devices is even higher than the silicon availability.

This reason for this high demand is the uncountable number of business opportunities these low cost connectivity technologies is enabling. But there is a chicken and egg problem with many of these new potential business opportunities, mainly because they are new and therefore it is unknown if they will have success or how/when a ROI is expected. For this reason, the demand for LPWAN devices is actually a demand for a Proof Of Concept devices in small amounts (few 100s to few 1,000s).

This presentation analyses and compares the main LPWAN solutions from a technology and market opportunity point of view, before introducing the features and capabilities for developers of LPWAN-Flexino platform.

Dr. Juan Nogueira, Director of the Center of Excellence for Wireless and Connectivity – Flex

Home Mesh: The Next Step in Home Networking
As Smart Homes become a reality around the world, the focus is shifting towards home mesh to increase connectivity and meet the demands of our data-hungry lives. As we move toward the next step in home networking, we are witnessing a shift in the questions being asked; how can we increase connectivity efficiently? How can we connect smart devices and systems that are of benefit to everyone? How do we ensure consumers and businesses alike benefit? There are many questions being asked, but, perhaps there are a lack of questions around the existing infrastructure to support these smart initiatives.

Welcome G.hn. The backbone to our future infrastructure needs, capable of extending Wi-Fi coverage and performance throughout homes, businesses, and MDU’s, which can support the ultimate in-home broadband experience. G.hn creates a true hybrid network over any available medium – something that is increasingly important as the industry shifts towards next generation home networking, and the rise of home mesh networking. G.hn extends connectivity than further before, in fact further than any other technology on the market.

HomeGrid Forum – Speaker TBA