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Introduction to the LoRa Alliance


The LoRa Alliance is an open, non-profit, international alliance of companies and industry stakeholders that share the mission of trying to standardise the deployment of the Low-Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) – that are increasingly being deployed around the world to enable Internet-of-Things technology and machine-to-machine communications, “smart cities”, and industrial applications. Members of the LoRa alliance collaborate with the aim of driving the global success of their LoRaWAN protocol, by sharing knowledge and experience with a view towards interoperability between operators, using a single open global standard for LPWAN connectivity. The Alliance – which is led by IBM, Actility, Semtech and Microchip, formally released the open LoRaWAN R1.0 standard to the public earlier this year. LoRaWAN is an LPWAN specification intended for wireless, battery-operated IoT “things” with wide-area network connectivity. Its features are specifically aimed at supporting low-cost, secure, mobile and bidirectional communication for wireless IoT applications, with strong energy … Continue reading

Taggle – Revolutionising low-power M2M devices


This year the M2M (Machine to Machine) market has exploded with the introduction for various low-power systems, and this includes Taggle Systems’ “Taggle” technology – a low-power, wide-area (LWPA) radio network technology which offers low-cost, power-efficient machine-to-machine communications for embedded systems across a very long range, for many kinds of sensors and applications in different sectors such as utility management and agriculture. The team behind Taggle identified a gap in the M2M connectivity market which was not being addressed by existing, popular wireless connectivity technologies such as 802.15.4 and WiFi, which is low-power, wide-area networking with small amounts of data, with low bandwidth at a low cost, with minimal deployment of expensive infrastructure. In many situations it is advantageous to send small amounts of data from field sensors over long distances, and Taggle’s energy-efficient, long-range wireless connectivity operating in the 900 MHz ISM spectrum helps to achieve this. Today, Taggle … Continue reading

SigFox – a Wide-area Network for connecting your Internet-of-Things Devices


One of the greatest hindrances to a successful Internet-of-Things device is the amount of energy consumed and level of bandwidth required for a wireless solution. However, these challenges have been overcome and now your M2M and IoT-enabled devices with low-bandwidth requirements can take advantage of a brand new system that is ideal for the task – SigFox. SigFox is a new wireless connectivity platform being deployed across many countries, whose aim is to provide low-power, wide-area network infrastructure across large areas, for connecting Internet-of-Things and Machine-to-Machine telemetry applications that have limited bandwidth needs. By providing radio communications with embedded devices across a wide area, and without the relatively high cost of cellular telephone networks, SigFox aims to make it fairly easy to integrate their platform with your other software applications. The SigFox network is highly scalable and built for a huge number of devices, offering a global wide-area cellular connectivity solution … Continue reading

Everything IoT 2015 Conference


LX Group has built a reputation as an award winning IoT product and solution development consultancy, building over 200 custom IoT products and projects across over a wide range verticals (you can see some at We have connected boats, farms, vehicles, homes, bridges, fridges, athletes, factories, and even koalas! It’s clear to us IoT is here to stay, the value is real, and the opportunities are huge. As part of growing IoT momentum, LX Group became official sponsors of the inaugural Everything IoT Conference held on the 27th of October (, where we have been selected to exhibit as one of 10 thought-leading IoT companies. Our co-founder, Kelly Blyth, was speaking as part of a panel on IoT. Kelly is a technology entrepreneur with a strong focus on IoT product & solution development. She has lead the team at LX through rapid growth and a wide range of custom … Continue reading

M2M connectivity made easy with the new Ericsson Device Connection Platform


The Device Connection Platform from Ericsson is a cloud service for machine-to-machine and Internet-of-Things applications, which is specifically aimed at enabling telecommunications network operators to offer connectivity management to their business customers in the IoT/M2M sector. This new platform enables mobile network operators to provide support services for a growing variety of IoT and M2M devices, as well as simplifying the process of large-scale IoT network deployment and reducing costs. Ericsson has recently acquired this M2M platform from Telenor Connexion, in an effort to build their technology and know-how in this growing sector. Telenor Connexion will become Ericsson’s first customer for the Device Connection Platform. Ericsson’s DCP is a dedicated M2M/IoT platform aimed at enterprise IoT users that handles connectivity management, subscription management and integration with Operations Support and Business Support Systems. It also allows for automation of business processes between mobile operators and business enterprises. The platform is sold … Continue reading

Amazon enters the Internet of Things with AWS IoT Platform


Not content to be the dominant player in the book retail and growing cloud storage market – Amazon have recently announced the newest addition to their popular suite of cloud computing services – the AWS Internet-of-Things platform. AWS IoT is a managed cloud platform for supporting large numbers of devices in Internet-of-Things applications and securely connecting them to each other, as well as to web applications and other AWS services. AWS IoT can support a huge number of devices and messages, and it can reliably and securely process and route these messages to AWS endpoints and to other devices or services.   It allows networks of IoT devices to maintain responsive connections to the cloud, and makes it easier to develop cloud applications that interact with IoT “things”. It receives messages from things and then filters, records, transforms, or routes these messages as needed. The AWS IoT service provides an … Continue reading

myDevices – a platform service for the Internet of Things


As the year progresses it seems that we are increasingly exposed to new Internet-of-Things platforms, and the latest to take our attention is myDevices – a platform-as-a-Service for Internet-of-Things applications. The myDevices platform is a device-agnostic ecosystem for the connected world of today. With myDevices you can securely and efficiently connect a wide range of devices while capturing and translating critical business data to support and engage customers more effectively. This service is a powerful combination of a customisable IoT platform and a professional services ecosystem provided by myDevices to support the platform. Their ecosystem is able to provide tailored solutions to suit the specific needs of businesses that manufacture, support or sell connected devices. And it is a complete platform – by offering an end-to-end IoT solution, myDevices offers easy integration with a range of existing systems and products across multiple industries. It’s also an agile IoT platform that … Continue reading

Increase Internet-of-Things connectivity with Narrow-Band LTE


Nokia, Ericsson and Intel have recently announced their combined support for a new standard called Narrow-Band Long-Term Evolution (NB-LTE), which they see as an ideal connectivity solution for the growing cellular Internet-of-Things market. NB-LTE is an improved variant of existing 4th Generation LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile technology which has been optimised for low-power machine-to-machine and Internet-of-Things applications. This new standard is NB-LTE is well suited for IoT applications – thanks to being a narrow-band cellular communications standard for applications that aren’t very data intensive – which offers low implementation cost, ease of use and good power. NB-LTE networks operate with narrow-band 200kHz channels, meaning that existing spectrum allocations such as 2G can’t simply be re-allocated to support the new technology. However, NB-LTE can be used in shared spectrum alongside existing LTE networks. This narrow-band approach is particularly valuable today as more and more stakeholders are using the RF spectrum, with … Continue reading

Deploy Internet-of-Things devices behind firewalls with Yaler


Yaler is a simple, open and scalable relay service that enables secure outside access to Internet-connected embedded systems and IoT devices that are behind a firewall or router. Firewalls and Network Address Translators (NATs) can cause connectivity issues when deploying Internet-connected embedded systems and IoT products in the real world, especially in corporate environments. For example, say you want to access something like an Internet-connected temperature sensor connected to your private LAN from anywhere in the outside world. Traditionally, this would require opening and forwarding ports at the router, which means extra hassle as well as extra security vulnerabilities, and this needs to be repeated for each additional IoT device you add to the network. Yaler aims to solve this problem in a simple and easy-to-use manner while also maintaining security. One common solution is to use port forwarding and to assign an external IP address for each device at … Continue reading

Introducing the Industrial Internet Consortium


The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is an international non-profit organisation formed to accelerate cooperation around the development and widespread adoption of what they dub the “Industrial Internet”. Founded in 2014 with AT&T, Cisco Systems, General Electric, Intel and IBM as the initial members, the IIC coordinates the development and promotion of the Industrial Internet concept, bringing together stakeholders in industry, government and academia in an open-membership organisation. The “Industrial Internet” refers to the use of machine-to-machine communications and Internet-of-Things technologies in industrial applications, using interconnected machines and devices along with intelligent analytics to improve the performance and efficiency of industries – this focus on industrial applications is distinct from consumer-focused IoT technologies and services, which the IIC is not involved with. For example, intelligent machines and devices in industrial processes can govern themselves, taking corrective action to avoid unscheduled breakdowns of machinery. Predictive analytics can be used to manage spare … Continue reading

Low-power wireless home automation with the new NXP JN5169


The new JN5169 series of wireless microcontrollers from NXP is a range of low-power, high-performance RF microcontroller devices aimed at home automation and remote control, smart energy management, smart lighting and similar Internet-of-Things applications, particularly in consumer products as well as industrial environments. These system-on-chip devices incorporate an enhanced 32-bit RISC processor and a comprehensive set of analog and digital peripherals along with an IEEE 802.15.4-compliant 2.4 GHz radio transceiver supporting the JenNet-IP, RF4CE and ZigBee Pro wireless networking standards. The 802.15.4/ZigBee network stack includes support for the ZigBee Light Link, ZigBee Smart Energy and ZigBee Home Automation profiles. The JN5169 platform is Thread and ZigBee 3.0 ready, and it features a new toolchain for software development that offers extensive debugging capabilities while also allowing a reduction of up to 15% in compiled code size. This family of devices have the ability to connect with up to 250 other nodes … Continue reading

IoTivity – a new Open-Source framework and standards for the Internet of Things


The almost-exponential rise of Internet-of-Things platforms has led many observers and marketplace participants to consider if there are too many disparate or incompatible systems being released, and thus are starting to consider an open-source IoT platform as an option to allow for third-parties to integrate their own products into these new platforms. Therefore the launch of IoTivity – a new open-source software framework and standards project is of great interest to the IoT community. IoTivity aims to enable seamless device-to-device interoperability to address the needs of the growing Internet of Things industry. This means promoting and certifying open standards among IoT device manufacturers, allowing billions of IoT consumer products from a wide variety of vendors to be compatible and interoperable with each other. After launching last year with promises of tackling the problem of device-to-device discovery and communication between consumer IoT products from different vendors, the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) … Continue reading

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