ZTE, CLAA unveil large-scale commercial use of LPWAN IoT

Monday 20 March 2017 | 12:11 CET | News

ZTE has announced the overseas launch of a shared and co-built carrier-class IoT service in conjunction with the China LoRa Application Alliance (CLAA) at the CeBIT Global Event for Digital Business. The event takes place between 20 and 24 March in Hannover. ZTE and IoT enterprises from the CLAA showcased an industrial grade IoT gateway and cloud-based core network, long range/low power (LoRa) chips/modules, rich intelligent IoT terminals and mature services together with 3D dynamic joint service demonstrations, displaying ZTE's service delivery capabilities in the urban IoT field.

Since its foundation at end-January 2016, the ZTE-initiated CLAA has developed into an alliance with over 500 members. Its members include network enterprises which manufacture chips, devices, platforms, antennas and batteries, as well as application vendors with experience in the metering, industry park, municipal administration, industry, energy and agriculture fields.

The CLAA has built a technology exchange platform, solution verification platform, market cooperation platform, resource interconnection platform and innovation incubation platform for Chinese LoRa applications. It has certified over 80 products from enterprises in the alliance, released 50 application types and launched 30 demonstrative bases for CLAA IoT applications.

In addition to its deployments in the industrial chain ecosphere, ZTE is testing a new business and cooperation model in the LPWAN area. The CLAA network operates in an open, close-looped, shared and co-built way, and all CLAA members are builders, operators, users and application developers of the network. The CLAA has a unified and standard LoRa gateway, which enables standard hardware from different types of vendors to access a network and be shared.

Based on unauthorised frequency bands, lightweight networks, black-box IoT terminals, a security architecture integrating a bearer and applications, as well as an independent cloud-based application concept, the shared and co-built CLAA carrier-class IoT service proposed by ZTE featuring "self-supplied energy, cloud, a pipe, and terminals" can implement WAN IoT deployment. ZTE has explored the public utility sector, including gas and water utilities and vertical industries such as digital oil fields, smart industry park and smart buildings.

ZTE has carried out trial operations in many cities, and has now entered the phase of large-scale commercial use of IoT. ZTE also offers customers a general-purpose CLAA IoT service generation platform derived from an extension of the professional supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) platform.

The platform is designed to monitor the device operation status and workflow status on a campus in real time and provide parameter analysis, device lifespan management, linkage functions, customised functions and other advanced application functions, raising the industry park information level and energy utilisation efficiency, and forming large-scale copy in communities, schools, hospitals, factories, mines, agriculture, forestry and water conservation projects.

ZTE is building an IoT ecosphere and deploying applications in many different industry smart city scenarios. ZTE and IoT enterprises will jointly promote large-scale commercial deployment of carrier-class urban LPWAN IoT.

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