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

STMicroelectronics Selling LoRa Starter Kit
Semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics, which makes micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors for industrial and consumer applications, has introduced a development kit designed to help organizations prototype an IoT network based on the LoRa low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) protocol. The P-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 kit, which costs $40, includes STMicro's STM32L073 Nucleo (NUCLEO-L073RZ) microcontroller board (which contains ARM's Cortex-M0+ core) with an RF expansion board based on the SX1272 LoRa transceiver from Semtech (I-NUCLEO-SX1272D). In a prototype LoRa device, the microcontroller board might be linked to a utility meter, an alarm system, a location tracker or some other sensor. Users can further extend functionality by adding extra expansion boards, such as the X-NUCLEO-IKS01A1 sensor board for motion, humidity and temperature sensing.

LoRa enables long-range (15-kilometer/9-mile) bi-directional communication of small data packets, using energy-efficient battery-powered wireless devices with a lifecycle of up to 10 years and the ability to be geo-located both indoors and outdoors. Data can be protected using AES-128 encryption.

The components in the STMicro kit comply with LoRaWAN version 1.0.1 and support Class A and Class C protocols. Class A devices are the most energy-efficient, while Class C devices have the lowest latency in the transmission of data between a server and an end device.

IoT Monetization Strategies Report
Connecting standalone products to an IoT network not only changes how those products are used, but also how they are monetized. In a new white paper, goTransverse, which provides subscription- and usage-based billing services, teamed with THINKstrategies for a report that offers best practices around monetization and payments strategies for companies looking to introduce IoT-connected products.

The report, titled "How to Avoid the Most Common IoT Monetization Mistakes to Maximize Today's Real Market Opportunities," includes advice on how to collect and analyze usage data from devices, and how to launch dynamic pricing schemes that go beyond flat-rate subscription services. It also includes short use cases based on monetizing IoT products in the consumer space, as well as in the industrial and transportation industries. The white paper is available at goTranserve's website, as well as in RFID Journal's white paper library.

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