Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Kaertech licenses Kerlink reference design for LoRa

Steve Rogerson
January 31, 2019

Kaertech, a Hong Kong-based provider of made-to-order connected objects, has licensed French company Kerlink’s low-power IoT reference design to design and manufacture LoRa devices.
Kaertech helps start-ups, SMEs and large corporations in the telecommunications, electronics, consumer electronic goods, household appliances and industrial-products sectors design connected devices and services by combining expertise in electrical, mechanical and software engineering with its broad experience in system architecture and product definition.
“Kerlink’s LPIoT reference design accelerates time to market from concept to finished product by eliminating months of product-development time and can cut overall R&D costs by up to 30 per cent,” said Matthieu Delporte, Kaertech general manager and CFO. “It is a logical and strategic addition to Kaertech’s suite of services for companies around the world that are deploying LoRaWans for rapid, reliable and energy-efficient IoT connectivity."
The reference design gives designers, software developers, architects and operation engineers step-by-step directions for conceiving and producing IoT connected end devices that deliver high performance, low energy consumption and optimised radio performance, as well as robustness and reliability in the field. It is continuously updated with the latest specifications and standards.
“Kerlink’s reference design is a complete package of hardware, software, tools and recommendations to prototype and produce cost-efficient final products in a very short time to market,” said Didier Larrieu, vice president at Kerlink. “Pairing it with Kaertech’s offerings gives large and small companies the means to quickly and reliably deploy the customised LoRaWan applications they require.”
Founded in 2009, Kaertech offers design and manufacturing, cloud-based services, mobile application development, procurement, logistics and support for companies in the communications, electronics, consumer goods, medical and other industries. It is certified for the production of medical devices. The company, which is based in Hong Kong and has offices in Paris and New York and a manufacturing site in Manila, is part of the Baracoda Group.
“As a globally recognised maker of connected objects, Kaertech provides full turnkey services with state-of-the-art product design and advanced manufacturing services,” said Kaertech CEO Michael Bouffaut. “Kerlink’s reference design system supports our objective to provide customers with an all-inclusive solution that offers R&D engineering and manufacturing services for telecommunication products, multimedia tools, electronic modules, consumer electronic goods, household appliances and industrial products.”
In just over ten years, more than 100,000 Kerlink installations have been deployed in more than 69 countries. In 2017, Kerlink supplied more than 330 customers, including major telecoms operators such as Tata Communications, and service providers such as GrDF and Suez. A co-founder and board member of the LoRa Alliance, Kerlink has invested more than €10m in research in the past three years.