iMinds and the city of Antwerp introduce LoRa telecommunications network
The city of Antwerp, Digipolis and iMinds today announce an important next step for the Antwerp ‘City of Things’ (CoT) initiative. City of Things is a large-scale testing ground, enabling more than 500,000 Antwerp citizens to communicate (and interact) with a huge amount of smart devices and sensors. However, efficient Internet of Things (IoT) communication requires a network; a network that can overcome sensors’ inherent limitations (such as restrictions in terms of battery lifetime). ‘Long Range Low Power’ (LoRa) network technology addresses those challenges and is currently being deployed in the Antwerp city center by experts from iMinds - Antwerp University and Digipolis. Through its LoRa network, Antwerp positions itself as Europe’s place-to-be for IoT experiments: the scale on which network, data and user tests can be conducted, and the thriving ecosystem of start-ups and SMEs that can use the network to test their services, make for a unique value proposition.