Vienna, October 18, 2016 – Kapsch BusinessCom is establishing the first LoRa™ network in Austria together with Microtronics and ORS, an ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) subsidiary. The new radio technology offers an efficient and cost-effective option for integrating devices and sensors into communications networks. The first transmitters are being built in the Vienna metropolitan area and subjected to extensive testing with selected customers.
“Intelligence always consists of correctly applying knowledge. Today, there are nearly unlimited possibilities to gain knowledge in the form of measurement data. LoRa™ radio technology represents the best basis for making use of the data gained from the Internet of Things. That’s why we began reviewing practical applications at an early stage,” says Jochen Borenich, COO of Kapsch BusinessCom, about the reasons for implementing the new technology. The Kapsch Group has already gathered initial experience with the technology. For example, Kapsch CarrierCom is helping to establish LoRa™ in France. Kapsch partner Microtronics has been successfully implementing machine-to-machine communications solutions on the international market for many years now. Hans-Peter Buber, CEO of Microtronics Engineering GmbH, sees great potential in the new transmission technology. “Today, radio technologies are frequently used for real-time transmission of measurement data such as weight, temperature, and the like. However, those technologies were not designed for that purpose and do not offer the best basis. As opposed to these existing networks, the Low Power Wide Area Networks which are based on LoRa™ are highly efficient. They are even able to reach building interiors using only minimal transmission power.” ORS is contributing its expertise in the transport of content. “In past years, our group has evolved from a transmitter network operator to a digital content gateway. We provide for the transport of content via cable, IP, satellite, and antenna. In the future, content from M2M communications will become more and more important. That’s where traditional radio networks reach their limitations,” explains Michael Wagenhofer, commercial director of Österreichische Rundfunksender GmbH & Co KG (ORS).
Expansion of possibilities
The analysts from Machina Research are projecting that some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2025. Depending on the specific requirements, the connections will be made either via local networks such as Wi-Fi, near-field communications such as Bluetooth, or via Wide Area Networks that are especially suited to applications in the areas of Smart Cities such as intelligent parking or intelligent street lights as well as for supply chain management with asset tracking and condition monitoring, i.e., for Industry 4.0 applications. The low-power technology is efficient in terms of transmission output. It is also easy to implement and manage. “We are confident that we will be able to make a real contribution to digitalization in Austria with this technology,” adds Borenich.
Microtronics is a provider of complete solutions for IoT, M2M, and Industry 4.0 projects. The company offers hardware, software, and service from a single source at internationally standardized service rates. In the field of device integration, Microtronics is the company of choice. Solutions from Microtronics are in use in more than 60 countries across the globe. The customers benefit from quick implementation of their idea, with the first proof of concept in just three weeks. For additional information: www.microtronics.at
The ORS Gruppe consists of Österreichische Rundfunksender GmbH & Co KG (ORS) and its subsidiary, ORS comm GmbH & Co KG (ORS comm). ORS was founded in early 2005, originating from ORF’s Broadcast Engineering. In recent years, the ORS Group has evolved from a transmitter network operator into a digital content gateway and, as a reliable partner, guarantees perfect content transport via cable, IP, satellite, and antenna. For additional information: www.ors.at
Kapsch BusinessCom, a Kapsch Group company, generated revenue of approximately EUR 320 million in fiscal year 2015/16 with its 1,300 employees. The comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions of the leading digitalization partner in Austria and the CEE region includes technology solutions for stable, intelligent, and – most importantly – secure ICT infrastructure, in addition to facility solutions for smart building and security technology, multimedia and business services for outsourcing applications, and innovative digitalization solutions that are custom-tailored for specific industries. With its Consult – Deploy – Operate approach, Kapsch is able to cover the entire ICT solution lifecycle for its customers. Kapsch is independent of specific manufacturers and utilizes the best technologies available from the world’s leading suppliers, such as Cisco, HP, and Microsoft, and combines them with solutions from its partner network of research institutions and application providers. Kapsch BusinessCom has more than 17,000 customers that include OMV, Allianz, ORF, Erste Bank, Vodafone, and ÖBB, and provides customer service for them both locally and globally in around 40 countries.
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