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Longview IoT Announces Super-B Protocol to Bring QoS, FOTA to LoRa Networks

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By scheduling messages, Super-B helps companies achieve up to 95% network capacity

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and AUSTIN, Texas, May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Longview IoT, a Carnegie Technologies company, today announced the launch of Super-B, an advanced, patent-pending protocol designed to bring quality of service (QoS) to LoRa-based IoT networks. Super-B, which is available as part of Longview IoT’s comprehensive IoT solution, allows organizations to achieve up to 95 percent capacity on their LoRa network, paving the path for enterprise organizations to cost-effectively scale their IoT deployments and successfully conduct firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) updates—without adding hardware. Longview IoT will showcase its comprehensive IoT solution with Super-B at Internet of Things World 2019 (Booth #840) May 13-16, 2019, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

All private LPWAN networks including LoRa networks operate in unlicensed spectrum, which can be significantly interference-prone, as sensors from IoT networks talk to the network, and over each other, to report their data. This creates significant data loss, with companies often programming their sensors to transmit messages multiple times to improve the chances of a successful transmission. This practice further compounds the interference problem.

The Super-B protocol from Longview IoT is built on top of the LoRaWAN protocol and utilizes the same network infrastructure as LoRa. However, Super-B extends LoRa’s structure to allow for the scheduling of messages into a time slot in which each sensor in a network can transmit to the gateway. By being able to schedule a specific sensor’s transmission time slot without increasing power requirements, interference is reduced, data delivery is improved, and better QoS is achieved. Because there is less noise from the scheduled transmissions, more sensors can be added to the network, allowing for LoRa networks to scale without expensive new gateways.

The Super-B protocol also extends the bi-directional communications capabilities found in Class B LoRa, creating robust FOTA capabilities to allow for easy security and maintenance updates.

Updates can be broadcast to all sensors or in a discrete way to just one sensor with a specific message. Both types of updates are inefficient or impossible with current LoRa networks. Longview IoT also supports any LoRa 1.0.3-compliant Class A sensors, avoiding vendor lock-in, and further extending value to its customers.

“Super-B capitalizes on the best parts of LoRa Class A and B to deliver scalable, secure IoT capabilities to enterprises across a wide range of industries,” said Longview IoT Managing Director Brad Bush. “Today’s enterprises need IoT networks that can support thousands or tens of thousands of sensors per site or across sites. Low-powered networks have been unable to meet this challenge—until the arrival of Super-B. By bringing capabilities such as QoS, FOTA and scalability to LoRa networks, Longview IoT is again demonstrating its technological superiority in delivering solutions that help enterprises lower their total cost of ownership and derive real value from their IoT networks.”

For more information on Super-B, download Longview IoT’s new white paper, “Super-B for IoT: Improving QoS in LoRa Networks,” or meet Longview IoT at IoT World May 13-16 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Booth #840.

About Longview IoT
Longview IoT , a Carnegie Technologies company, is delivering to enterprises the world’s only comprehensive IoT solution engineered specifically for enterprise-grade scalability, security, reliability and performance across a range of industries, including oil & gas, construction, healthcare, logistics, smart cities and others. A new breed of IoT company with an impressive pedigree, Longview IoT has removed the complexity associated with IoT deployments by developing a technologically superior IoT solution that includes sensors, gateways, cloud analytics and industry-specific applications that come pre-configured for simple installation. For more information about how Longview IoT is helping enterprises track, measure and manage the people and things that matter most to their business, visit www.LongviewIoT.com.

Media Contacts
Laura Borgstede and Justine Schneider
Calysto Communications for Longview IoT
Laura.borgstede@calysto.com and jschneider@calysto.com

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