Thorigné-Fouillard, France, April 17, 2017: Kerlink, a specialist and global leader in network solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), has said the winning applications in the recent Tele2 IoT Challenge underscore both the practical benefits of the LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) LoRaWAN network and the freedom it gives makers to create new applications.
Kerlink also presented the three winners its LoRaWAN iFemtoCell indoor base station to speed their entry in the fast-growing, worldwide LoRaWAN ecosystem.
The Tele2 IoT Challenge, which was held between Jan. 12 and March 30, had 135 startups, enterprises and students from 28 countries participating in it. Their aim was “to imagine, design and demonstrate creative, useful applications for the LPWA network in various domains.”
The applications were demonstrated on Tele2’s new LPWA IoT network in Greater Gothenburg, Sweden, which was launched last November in collaboration with TalkPool AB and powered by Kerlink LoRaWAN Wirnet iBTS Compact stations.
The winners were:
#1 GuardPuck, which prevents fuel theft from vehicles with a monitoring puck placed on the vehicle. It not only reports theft attempts when it detects vibration, but it includes an anti-jamming and vandalism-resistant feature that transmits signals at regular intervals. When those signals are interrupted, the vehicle owner is alerted to a potential incident. Combined with geolocation capability, the device also could be used to help police reduce crime. The winning makers were Martin Johannesson, Johan Eliasson and Nils Ingelhag.
#2 Smart Fields, a smart-farming system for easily measuring the moisture content and nutrient level of soil, from Etteplan with Marcus Carlberg and his team.
#3 Advanced Life Ring, a connected life buoy, activated when in contact with water, from Leon Layas.
Kerlink, a publicly traded French company with an office in Singapore and a recently launched US subsidiary based in Chicago, also was a sponsor of the Tele2 IoT Challenge and served on the jury.