Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsLet me share with you some of the connectivity experiences we gained whilst deploying one of the largest IoT smart parking deployments in the world. We started using ZigBee but quickly realised its limits, as discussed before. In addition, the city under consideration didn't have any lamp posts, which meant we couldn't actually install repeaters. I considered instrumenting all smart parking sensors with a cellular mobile phone connection, but none of the operators dared to switch on thousands of sensors and also data plans were too expensive. I then met the CEO of SIGFOX by chance and whilst their plan was not to expand out of France, I managed to convince them to go abroad.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsThe challenge was then to find a single rooftop high enough to host the SIGFOX gateway, which would cover the entire city centre. The next challenge was to connect it to the Internet. Well, we first tried to cellular connection and later an ethernet cable. Over the years, we started to use Cycleo's LoRa radio technology, which complemented our connectivity portfolio. Whilst for many IoT companies, this specific choice of wireless connectivity was, and still is, the competitive differentiator, we have learned to stay agnostic and rather focus on the actual business opportunities enabled by the Internet of Things.

Mischa's experience

In this video, Mischa shares some of the experiences he had with his own IoT business in connecting up his smart parking system. Mischa shares more of his experience in Week 3.

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The Internet of Things

King's College London