Microsoft Joins the LoRa Alliance Board of Directors

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The LoRa Alliance, the association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN standard for the IoT low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), today announced that Tony Shakib, general manager, partner of Azure IoT Engineering at Microsoft, has joined the LoRa Alliance board of directors.

Microsoft is widely considered a hyperscaler for LoRaWAN, and its participation in the alliance can strengthen the technology’s presence in the LPWAN market.

“Having Tony join the LoRa Alliance leadership will further accelerate market adoption of the LoRaWAN standard,” said Donna Moore, CEO and chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance.

“Microsoft has invested billions of dollars to enable customers to build digital twins of the physical world,” said Shakib. “The digital twin enables customers to analyze, predict and control environments across industries, whether monitoring production lines, managing worker safety, optimizing supply chains or delighting retail customers. A critical link in these digital transformations is the connectivity fabric, and LoRaWAN has unique capabilities to help fulfill that vision. We are excited to join the LoRa Alliance and deepen our collaboration with members to help our customers succeed in IoT.”

Microsoft has already worked with a number of LoRa Alliance members to deploy LoRaWAN solutions globally on the Azure IoT infrastructure. A few key projects to date include Beyond Eyes, MachineQ, Microshare EverSmart, Sodexo, Webee and The Things Industries.