The LoRa Alliance, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN standard for the Internet of Things (IoT) low-power wide area networks (LPWANs), announced that Tencent has joined the alliance, which the association says will further accelerate adoption of LoRa technology.
“The number of relevant use cases for the IoT continues to grow with new applications in continuous development,” said Donna Moore, CEO and chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “Projections for China’s IoT market are significant, and LoRaWAN is very well positioned in the LPWAN space. Having Tencent join the LoRa Alliance is very valuable for our ecosystem and strengthens our presence in the Asia-Pacific region.”
Tencent has invested significantly in technology and applications for LoRa and will support further development of the LoRa ecosystem. The company also announced plans to build a LoRa network in Shenzhen with local partners. Tencent also provides device-edge-cloud LoRa solutions on its network for a wide variety of IoT application and end users, such as government public services.
“It is clear that LPWANs are essential for the IoT technology and applications, and the market is quickly growing in China, especially in areas like government public services, industry manufacturing, personal IoT devices, etc,” said Hongtao Bie, VP of Tencent Technologies.
One of the main challenges for the IoT is that use cases vary greatly depending on the application, with different types of devices being connected that must interoperate. Security and reliability represent another challenge for application deployment. The LoRaWAN protocol offers flexible deployment models, bi-directional security, low cost and high efficiency, which has enabled the successful deployments of IoT solutions from device to cloud.
The news of Tencent’s entry into the LoRa Alliance coincides with this week’s IOTE 2018 event in Shenzhen, where many LoRa Alliance members will showcase their LoRa products and services.