Melita.io, which is dedicated to delivering Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) services to businesses across Europe, is now supporting LoRaWAN (long range wide area network) connectivity in Malta through its dedicated portal.
This development follows melita.io’s roll-out of a LoRaWAN based IoT network across Germany, enabling connectivity between a large number of devices. Through this development companies using LoRaWAN technology can use the melita.io portal they currently use to manage SIM-based IoT applications.
Melita CEO Harald Roesch said: “The number of networked devices continues to grow exponentially, and many industrial processes now rely on sensors which communicate with each other to ensure accurate and efficient production. Melita.io has already built a significant Internet of Things business using LoRaWAN technology in Germany across multiple sectors, an experience of which Maltese companies can now benefit from.”
LoRaWan is a technology with similar characteristics to Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT): the signal penetrates deep underground or into buildings and consumes very little energy. A sensor using LoRaWan or NB-IoT can live on a battery for 10 years without needing to recharge.
Melita.io deployed NB-IoT across Malta and Gozo in 2019. LoRaWan is now being added as an alternative technology because for certain applications there are many sensors using this type of connectivity.
These networks can, for example, help the agriculture sector where sensors in the ground (that are not connected to the electricity grid) help to save up to 30 per cent of water and can increase the crop yield as fertilisation can be optimised based on the data collected by the sensors.
In another example, sensors in waste bins indicating the fill-level have helped a customer to increase the collection of recyclable waste by almost 40 per cent while reducing the distance driven for collection by 20 per cent, thereby reducing overall carbon emissions.