Kerlink Partners with LORIOT to Offer IoT Geolocation Solution

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Kerlink’s geolocation solution can be used for asset tracking and security in harbours, industrial sites and airports

Kerlink, a global leader in providing solutions dedicated to Internet of Things (IoT), has partnered with Swiss startup LORIOT to offer a geolocation service across the world.

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LORIOT has provided LoRa-based LPWA (low-power, wide-area) network-server solutions to its clients in over 130 countries in association with leading national and global IoT companies.

With this agreement, the swiss startup will offer the Wanesy Geolocation technology of Kerlink, as a remotely installed value-added services add-on to its clients in 130 countries. Wanesy Geolocation technology enables precise location of end-devices without global positioning system (GPS).

LoRaWAN is a digital wireless data communication technology that allows IoT devices to connect over long distances with negligible usage of battery.

The networks of LoRaWAN use trilateration, a process to determine exact or relative locations of points by measuring the distances, utilising the geometry of circles, triangles or spheres, to geolocate the end-devices. The technology relies on three or more access gateways receiving frames or signals from a LoRaWAN end-device.

Every payload received is exactly time-stamped on reception by the access gateway and all carrier-grade internal clocks of LoRaWAN stations are highly synchronised to improve the stamp accuracy. By using the exact position of each network access gateway and the differences of nanosecond between signal receptions, the time difference of arrival (TDoA), an expert algorithm can exactly calculate the LoRaWAN end-device location.

Suitable for many use cases

Commenting on the partnership, Didier Larrieu, Vice President – Advanced Services Business Unit, Kerlink, said, “This partnership with LORIOT will enable the worldwide deployment of our LoRaWAN Wanesy Geolocation solution and highlights its flexible compatibility with any type of LoRaWAN infrastructure already deployed to quickly deliver value-added and scalable services.”

“This innovative technology can locate static or mobile end-devices indoors or outside without a dedicated infrastructure or the high energy consumption required by satellite-based GPS. This makes it well suited for many use cases that call for cost-efficient operation and long battery life,” Larrieu added.

Julian Studer, CFO and Co-founder of LORIOT, said, “Kerlink’s geolocation capability is a significant addition to our portfolio of third-party, out-of-box, IoT services. Delivered remotely, through our existing distributed-server infrastructure, Kerlink’s geolocation technology is a vital and cost-saving add-on for our customers around the world.”

Kerlink’s geolocation solution can be used for asset tracking and security in harbours, industrial sites and airports, as well as for livestock tracking, warehouse pallet identification and construction-site monitoring.

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