The Internet of Things (IoT) is driving transformation for businesses, consumers and governments around the world. Emerging tools and technologies can increase efficiency and enable more control in the home and workplace. While 5G is well suited for some critical services, many IoT solutions deployed in cities, homes and buildings are better suited to alternative technologies that offer flexible power and bandwidth options.
With nearly 30 million U.S. households expected to add smart home technology in the near future, implementing the right IoT solution can ensure that homes stay connected. According to Berg Insights, by 2022, the smart home and building market is expected to reach $36 billion in annual revenue in the U.S. alone. At the end of 2017, 22.3 million smart home systems had been installed in North America as sensors and hardware were deployed. The number of homes with smart home systems is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.1% by 2022, bringing the number of homes with smart home systems to 63 million.
Smart homes require the right home setup so that appliances and devices can be controlled automatically from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection using mobile or other connected devices. Most smart home systems are closed, meaning users can only use one provider”s product. But combining cloud-based control with a unified user interface (such as Amazon”s voice assistant Alexa) can provide an entry point for multifunctional control.
The smart home has evolved from a competition of smart hardware to a competition between smart platforms. LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol, with its simple and flexible network architecture, offer a unique opportunity to accelerate consumer adoption of smart home connectivity solutions. Compared to traditional platforms such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee or Z-wave, this technology solves the connectivity challenges faced by many IoT applications when they need to expand throughout the home or yard.
LoRa-based solutions provide the ability to connect devices to the same platform where legacy systems fall short. Often, these battery-powered devices, which go far beyond the scope of traditional connectivity technologies, do not require the installation of additional repeaters or mesh points.
As an end-to-end solution or a complement to traditional platforms, LoRa extends smart home solutions by providing connectivity to low-cost, battery-powered endpoints both indoors and outdoors. The technology provides a flexible and cost-effective solution for low-latency smart home applications, including smart locks and lighting devices, enabling low-projection network expansion and providing a bridge to other IoT solutions in the IoT market.
Key areas of LoRa device and LoRaWAN protocol implementation in the smart home include: home access control: doors, windows, smart locks, outdoor garages and gardens; home security: alarms, anti-tampering, cellular backup, intrusion; energy efficiency: leak detection, water and gas metering, heat distributor management What are the benefits of implementing a LoRa-based IoT solution in the home? Remote:A single base station using a LoRa-based solution can achieve deep penetration capabilities for outdoor and indoor coverage, while also being able to connect to sensors 15-30 miles away in rural areas.
Low power: The LoRaWAN protocol was developed for low power consumption and can achieve an unprecedented battery life of up to 20 years, depending on the application. Geolocation: Enable tracking applications without GPS or other power consumption. Low cost: LoRa-based solutions reduce upfront infrastructure investment and operational costs as well as end-node sensor costs. Open standards: The LoRaWAN protocol ensures interoperability between applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to accelerate adoption and deployment.
As smart home functionality increases and smart features become more urgent for homeowners, it is critical to choose the right solution to keep all devices connected. With LoRa-based solutions, capacity and indoor range have more than met the needs of the fast-growing smart building and smart home IoT markets. More importantly, the technology can support multiple applications simultaneously and is easy and inexpensive to install.