IoT News Roundup

Cambium Networks unveils radio for collecting sensor data in remote deployments; Verizon buys lighting and IoT company Sensity; Telit rolls out new Bluetooth and location-tracking tech, adds Wirepas support; STMicro introduces LoRa kit for prototyping; goTransverse releases report on IoT monetization strategies.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Sep 16, 2016

Cambium Network's New cnReach Radio Connects Legacy Sensors
Cambium Networks announced this week a new device called cnReach—a radio that connects directly to sensors, meters or controllers deployed in the field, via serial ports (RS-232/-422/-485), two Ethernet ports, and an optional digital or analog I/O port.

Cambium Network is a provider of wireless broadband technology and cloud-based management software used for data collection and backhaul services for remote communications networks for governmental and military agencies, as well as companies in the oil and gas and utility industries, and internet service providers. The cnReach, which employs Modbus RTU or TCP protocols or DNP3 protocols to communicate with connected devices, comes in two versions.

The 900 MHz Narrow-Band Radio uses 128- or 256-bit encryption to transmit data up to 70 miles over either licensed spectrum (with data transmission ranging from 10 to 210 kilobytes per second) or unlicensed spectrum (with data transmissions ranging from 57 kbps to 4.4 megabytes per second) in the 900 MHz band. The 700 MHz Narrow-Band radio operates on licensed channels in the 700 MHz band, with a data transmissions ranging from 9.6 kilobytes per second to 1.0 megabytes per second) and has the same range and connectivity options. Either device can be deployed in a point-to-point or point-to-multipoint configuration. Cambium Networks' cloud-based cnMaestro software is used to monitor cnReach devices (and other Cambium Network communications gear) in the field. Beta customers have begun evaluating cnReach radios, which are expected to be made widely available by the end of this month.

Verizon Buys Sensity Systems to Grow Smart-City Portfolio
In an effort to accelerate its efforts to deploy large-scale IoT systems for municipal, campus-based and stadium applications, Verizon announced this week that it will acquire LED lighting and IoT solutions provider Sensity Systems for an undisclosed sum. Paired with its infrastructure investments at the network, platform and application levels, Verizon sees the acquisition as a way to broaden its footprint in smart-city applications.

Sensity Systems, is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., sells LED lighting systems with embedded sensor networking technology. It bills its technology as a way for municipal customers to reduce electricity costs (by replacing incumbent lighting technology) while installing a framework to enable an IoT network designed to improved public safety, monitor environmental conditions, improve parking systems or other smart-city applications. Prior to being acquired by Verizon, Sensity Systems had raised $74 million in venture capital from a number of investors, including GE Ventures and Cisco Investments.

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