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While the Internet of Things (IoT) is still in its infancy, cities and developments should start planning now to ensure the underlying infrastructure is in place to support whatever new technologies the IoT might introduce.
While not a replacement for fiber, a new kind of network designed specifically to support IoT applications is gaining momentum globally. These networks are known by the generic term “Low Power Wide Area Networks” (LPWA) and tend to offer the following characteristics:
- Low power consumption by endpoints with extended battery life (10 years).
- Wide area connectivity and higher penetration in dense areas.
- Low cost chip sets and lower cost of network build out.
- Connectivity cost as low as $1-2 per device.