Taoglas launches Low Power Wide-Area (LPWA) antenna category for M2M and IoT markets
New antennas support demand for low-cost, low-power devices
Enniscorthy, Ireland, 22 February 2016 – Within the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) market certain lower data rate applications depend on low-cost, battery-operated, long-life sensors. To meet the antenna needs of such applications innovative antenna leader Taoglas is rolling out a new Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) antenna category. The antennas directly address the need for IoT devices that use less power, cost less to run and do not need the speeds on bandwidths offered by 4G LTE networks. Taoglas’ series of LoRa-LPWA antennas includes flagship antennas such as the external Barracuda OMB.868 (Worldwide) or OMB.915 (North America) – large high gain omni-directional outdoor antennas which are ideal for the base station side of atypical LPWA network. For the devices themselves there are new direct mount FW.95, FW.86 and FW.43 monopole whip antennas and miniature embedded ILA.02 and ILA.01 solutions.
“LPWA technologies such as LoRa and SigFox open up the possibility of connecting a huge amount of new devices and sensors that would not have been possible for a business perspective with the costs of cellular hardware and data plans” said Dermot O’Shea, Taoglas Joint CEO.”We have many customers that have designed LTE devices even though they are only sending few kilobits of data once a month. Also these devices are perfect for LPWA as the battery life is greatly extended in comparison to cellular. Many applications in Industrial IoT only need to know things like “tell me if your are open, what does your gauge read?, what is the temperature? etc”
According to analyst firm Strategy Analytics, LPWA connections are forecast to have a high growth rate as part of IoT, growing from 11 million in 2014 to just over 5 billion by 2022.* In contrast, LTE and cellular networks support markets that need higher-power systems for delivering large volumes of data but these systems require significant battery power. For products such as M2M sensor devices sending low amounts of data, LPWA networks are ideal because they are one-tenth the price to run and have one-tenth the power drain. Batteries in these scenarios last 20 to 30 years instead of the three or four years of M2M products in cellular networks.
Taoglas LPWA antennas use the unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands of 433/868MHz in Europe and 915MHz in the United States, so devices don’t need costly carrier certification. These antennas can be used in all sub GHz players in the IoT LPWA market such as LoRa®, LoRaWAN™, SIGFOX™, Weightless™, Nwave™ and Telensa™.
Working in the unlicensed bands, Taoglas antennas are ideal for manufacturers in healthcare and utilities as well as for asset tracking, which is one of the fastest-growing applications along with metering and industrial/environmental monitoring. Taoglas’ LPWA flagship antennas include:
The “Barracuda” 868MHz & 915MHz outdoor antennas utilize a high performance high gain collinear design to achieve long distance coverage for LoRa base stations.
The FW.95 (915MHz), FW.86 (868MHz) and FW.43 (433MHz) are flexible whip antennas with efficiencies of between 60% to 70%.
The ILA.02 and ILA.01 are low profile, highly efficient antennas ideal for devices that have space restrictions. The ILA.02 works on the 868MHz band with the ILA.01 being used in 915MHz range.
These antennas are used in automated meter reading (AMR), radio frequency identification (RFID), remote monitoring, healthcare, sensing, parking systems, weather and pollutant monitoring or motion and vibration sensors.
A full range of Taoglas LoRa LPWA antennas are available to purchase from Taoglas, check out the category on our website for the full list of available antennas and talk to us today if there are specific requirements you would like to discuss.