Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Loriot leverages Kerlink geolocation for LoRa deployment

Steve Rogerson
December 12, 2018
Swiss start-up Loriot is providing a LoRa-based low-power, wide-area (LPWA) network server to customers in more than 130 countries in partnership with French IoT company Kerlink.
Loriot will provide Kerlink’s Wanesy geolocation technology, which allows precise location of end devices without GPS, as a remotely installed value-added services add-on to its customers.
LoRaWan networks use trilateration, a process of determining absolute or relative locations of points by measurement of distances, using the geometry of circles, spheres or triangles, to geolocate end devices. They rely on three or more access gateways receiving signals or frames from a LoRaWan end device.
Each payload received is precisely time stamped on reception by the gateway and all carrier-grade LoRaWan stations’ internal clocks are highly synchronised to optimise the stamp accuracy. Using the exact position of each network access gateway and the nanosecond differences between signal receptions, the time difference of arrival (TDoA), an algorithm can precisely calculate the location of a LoRaWan end device.
“This partnership with Loriot will enable the worldwide deployment of our LoRaWan Wanesy geolocation solution and highlights its flexible compatibility with any type of LoRaWan infrastructure already deployed to quickly deliver value-added and scalable services,” said Didier Larrieu, vice president of Kerlink. “This innovative technology can locate static or mobile end devices indoors or outside without a dedicated infrastructure or the high energy consumption required by satellite-based GPS. This makes it well suited for many use cases that call for cost-efficient operation and long battery life.”
Asset tracking and security in harbours, airports and industrial sites, livestock tracking, and safety, construction-site monitoring and warehouse pallet identification are among the common use cases for the geolocation service.
“Kerlink’s geolocation capability is a significant addition to our portfolio of third-party, out-of-box, IoT services,” said Julian Studer, CFO and co-founder of Loriot. “Delivered remotely, through our existing distributed-server infrastructure, Kerlink’s geolocation technology is a vital and cost-saving add-on for our customers around the world.”
Loriot provides a portfolio of LoRaWan software products and software services. Its software is powering a global public LoRaWan, and numerous public and private networks worldwide.
Its geographically distributed server infrastructure delivers low-latency access to LoRaWan and data management services. The infrastructure enables clients to deliver proof-of-concept projects with short time to market, reduced development effort and fast return on investment. A path from PoC to large-scale network is available through the options of single-tenant managed services and software licensing of the LoRaWan management software for on-premise deployment.
Loriot says it works closely with LoRa gateway and end-device and sensor manufacturers to ensure high quality and compliance with security standards of complete LoRaWan-based end-to-end services.
Kerlink Group is a provider of end-to-end networking for the IoT, serving telecoms operators, businesses and public authorities worldwide. Its growing suite of turnkey IoT services includes network planning, design and operational management that increase performance of its carrier-grade infrastructure.
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. The company’s products are enabling IoT networks worldwide with major deployments in Europe, south Asia, South America and Oceania.
Kerlink, a co-founder and board member of the LoRa Alliance, has invested more than €10m in research in the past three years. In 2017, it generated revenues of nearly €25m, more than half internationally. Since 2013, it has posted average annual growth of more than 62 per cent.