In June 2016 SOFTLINK had started the Sigfox and LoRa RF modules development. The modules serve for reading of water and gas consumption and building monitoring. The Sigfox modules were certified and put in the series production earlier this year – 2017. The LoRa RF modules currently have also been put in the series production.
Wireless M-BUS is a communication protocol defined by EN 13757-4 (Physical and Data Link Layer) and EN 13757-3 (Application Layer) international standards, which is intended primarily for the radio transmission of remote meter readings from consumption meters and sensors.
The WIRELESS M-BUS protocol (hereinafter referred to as “WMBUS”) is based on the definition of the M-BUS standard (it adopts the application layer from the M-BUS standard, i.e., the description of data encoding), however, it is designed for radio data transmission.
WACO (Wireless Automatic Collector) is a technological platform enabling wireless connection of tens upto hundreds of sensors. The sensors are: extremely low power consumptioning, have low transfer rate for the transmission in short data messages, range of signal in tens upto several kilometers. For those above characteristics, the platform is suitable for telemetry, industrial automation, technical equipment of buidlings in logistic parks, or in public service (cities, towns, villages – street lighting, parking systems etc.) Via the WACO platform it is possible to connect any electrical device everywhere that the wireless transmission is needed – monitoring, data reading, connecting of several devices without using the cabling.
The SIGFOX technology uses the UNB (Ultra Narrow Band) for radio communications. The use of UNB is the key to ensuring a scalable, high-capacity network with very low power consumption while maintaining a simple star-type infrastructure.
LoRaWAN is a type of radio communication that allows for long distance radio transmission of short messages with low transmission data rate. Those are typically data readings from various sensors. Battery-powered equipment is typically used on a local, regional or even country level.
LoRaWan meets the requirements for a mutual two-way communication and creates conditions for the development of services that can be included under the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT). It opens the space for the development of new applications.