Offering low-power and long-range communications, LPWANs stand at the verge of enormous growth.
Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) are one of the foundations underpinning the Internet of Things (IoT) and its growth to more than 8 billion M2M and LPWA devices connected by 2021, while LPWA connections excluding the legacy cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, which include 2G, 3G and LTE Cat-1 and higher, will reach more than 400 to 500 million worldwide in the same time period.
However, there are many competing technologies to choose from when deploying an LPWAN. Each of the LPWA technologies offer a trade-off between factors including transmit range, data rate, frequency, channel bandwidth, and power consumption, among others. In this highly competitive environment, each technology vies for position, often with conflicting claims that can be complex to understand.
In this white paper, ABI Research has chosen to clarify the situation by examining six LPWA technologies, out- lining their main features and determining which use cases are a best fit.