Tampa Bay Metro region deploys public LoRaWAN network

Tampa Bay Metro region deploys public LoRaWAN network


Tampa Bay Metropolitan region is significantly expanding the build out of its public network operating on the LoRaWAN standard, providing capacity to support millions of IoT device connections.

 

With dense carrier-grade coverage already in place to support advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for water utilities, Senet, a provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity, is increasing its network to cover 1,600 square miles across Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. The deployment also includes the cities of Tampa Bay and St Petersburg.

 

Densest metropolitan deployment

 

With more than 80 tower sites planned, Senet claims the network will be the largest and densest metropolitan deployment of public carrier-grade LoRaWAN connectivity in North America.

 

“As IoT technologies are increasingly influencing how we design, develop, build, and operate the world’s physical infrastructure, our vision is to design networks that create a focal point of innovation for high-growth regions like Tampa Bay Metro area,” said Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet.

 

“The combination of customer readiness, economic growth and a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem make this a great location to advance our infrastructure investments to help drive and support ongoing municipal and business efficiencies, resource conservation and overall economic vitality.”

Due to gateway density and signal strength, the network will provide both broad outdoor coverage and indoor penetration, making Senet’s Tampa Bay Area public LoRaWAN network an ideal connectivity choice for energy and utility, municipal (smart city), manufacturing and distribution, asset tracking and multi-location campus enterprise solutions, Senet said.

 

Water and gas utility companies, for example, can enhance their service offerings by implementing additional infrastructure monitoring and safety applications such as leak detection, valve control and asset tracking, while municipalities and businesses can instrument their operations with low-cost sensors connected to Senet’s network to drive productivity and offer new services to their citizens and customers.

“As IoT technologies are increasingly influencing how we design, develop, build, and operate the world’s physical infrastructure, our vision is to design networks that create a focal point of innovation”

Senet’s Tampa Bay Area LoRaWAN network is being expanded on a rolling construction schedule and will be complete by the end of 2021, the company reports. The network already has densely deployed areas and is available immediately for use in both pilots and commercial applications.

 

To maximise the value this new digital infrastructure brings to the region, Senet is collaborating with regional organisations, partners and end customers to develop solution interest and understand unique application and coverage requirements.

 

Senet claims to operate the largest and most densely deployed public carrier-grade LoRaWAN network in the US, deployed in 29 states, covering more than 1,300 cities, serving a population of over 55 million people and processing millions of transactions daily.



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