Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Kerlink wins supply contract for Scottish LoRa network

Steve Rogerson
September 27, 2018
Kerlink is to supply hardware and software for a nationwide LoRa IoT network in Scotland.
The French company will deliver up to 500 of its scalable Wirnet iBTS gateways to project leader Boston Networks over three years, along with its Wirnet management centre for remote real-time management of the gateways and overall network.
The low-power, wide-area (LPWA) IoT Scotland project will also incorporate Kerlink’s Wanesy geolocation technology, which allows precise location of end devices without GPS.
Boston Networks is collaborating on and investing in the IoT Scotland €6.75m public-private project with the Scottish government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the government's economic and community development agency.
“IoT Scotland will represent the most advanced IoT network in the UK and is an excellent example of how public and private groups can unite to create new opportunities and services with wide benefits,” said Yann Bauduin, Kerlink’s director of sales for operators.
The wireless sensor network will allow businesses and public-sector organisations to monitor the productivity and efficiency of assets and equipment without the need for wifi or cellular connectivity. It will instead use low-power, wide-area LoRaWan technology, in which arrays of gateways convert radio signals from IoT devices into data packets, and relay them to a central network server.
Kerlink is a co-founder and board member of the LoRa Alliance. It has more than 100,000 gateways and other products installed for 330 clients in around 70 countries.
The IoT Scotland project will enable diverse uses of the IoT, from tracking of municipal infrastructure such as waste bins and street lights to smart building technology that can reduce energy consumption and carbon footprints. IoT Scotland will be available in cities, towns and rural areas, providing large available markets for newly conceived and executed IoT concepts that support consumers, agriculture, transportation, government and other sectors.
“Working with Boston Networks on this nationwide deployment expands Kerlink’s international footprint and underscores the reliability and flexibility of our comprehensive LoRAWan solutions,” said Bauduin.
Connectivity provider Boston Networks is collaborating on and investing in the IoT Scotland project with the Scottish government, which is directly investing £2.7m.
“Kerlink’s combination of reliable technical capabilities and experience in building out carrier-grade IoT networks in diverse locales makes them a very attractive partner,” said Falk Bleyl, chief technology officer at Boston Networks. “Key factors included Kerlink’s proposed gateway management solution and its location-based services, which will help IoT Scotland open up commercialisation opportunities for users ranging from start-ups to multinationals. Availability of a robust and secure network will allow them to focus on deployment of sensors and applications with advanced functions.”
In 2017, Kerlink Group generated revenues of nearly €25m, more than half internationally. Since 2013, it has posted average annual growth of more than 62 per cent.