Complementary Technologies: LoRaWAN and Bluetooth Whitepaper

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www.lora-alliance.org 1 Complementary Technologies: LoRaWAN ® & Bluetooth M AY 2 0 2 2 INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEMENTARY TECHNOLOGIES There is a misconception that LoRaWAN ® is a connectivity replacement. Companies look at LoRaWAN and think they are being asked to replace their existing network, which sounds very expensive. Further contemplating the cost of migrations, hardware redesigns, and firmware changes scares many people off unnecessarily. The truth is that LoRaWAN ® enhances and improves solutions alongside other technologies and increases ROI. Ashley Pope, Vice President of Business Operations at OXIT & LoRa Alliance Marketing Committee Chair IoT Needs Multiple Technologies Experience has shown that the average IoT solution requires more than one wireless technology in its architecture. LoRaWAN ® is a powerful radio technology with an open standard that offers companies flexibility to innovate IoT solutions that seamlessly supports multiple wireless technologies. LoRaWAN can elevate and improve connectivity using existing protocols; effectively partnering with them to create multi-protocol solutions. A key benefit to using multi-protocol devices is that they are compatible with many types of radios and therefore can evolve as customers' needs do. For example, an IoT solution may initially have range as its top priority, but as time passes, signal penetration into difficult spaces may become critical, or perhaps reduced battery consumption, commonly seen in solutions nearing their useful lifetime. Multi-protocol solutions are future-proof because they are not limited to a single environment or data transmission format. By integrating LoRaWAN into existing solutions, their connectivity challenges are eliminated and the investment in that technology is protected. LoRaWAN Reduces Total Cost of Ownership Integrating LoRaWAN into existing technology also reduces the total cost of ownership of IoT communication systems. LoRaWAN hardware is less costly than most, and LoRaWAN solutions generally require fewer hardware components. When there is less hardware, there are lower deployment and maintenance costs. Employing FUOTA (firmware updates over the air) decreases maintenance costs even further. When partnered with LoRaWAN, devices consume less power, the range of transmissions expands, and capabilities of partner protocols continue to be leveraged and even amplified. Expand the Addressable Use Cases Combining technologies also creates more opportunities for new applications; certain use cases could not be supported by an individual technology. When technologies work together, they expand the number of IoT use cases possible.

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