Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for Industry 4.0. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. Today, we are taking a look at 4 promising low-power wide-area network startups (LPWAN).
Heat Map: 4 Top Low-Power Wide Area Network Startups
For our 4 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights interesting examples out of 130 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
BehrTech – Telegram Splitting
LPWAN technologies are crucial for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). They are categorized based on whether they operate in a licensed spectrum or a license-free spectrum. LPWANs that operate in a license-free spectrum are preferred in Industry 4.0 as they do not consume a lot of energy. However, they are also more prone to interference.
The Canadian startup BehrTech develops MIOTY, an LPWAN solution standardized by European Telecommunications Standards Institute for Industrial IoT. It uses Fraunhofer’s patented Telegram Splitting protocol wherein a message is split into multiple smaller sub-packets and sent at different times and frequencies. It provides interference resilience, massive scalability, extensive coverage, and ultra-low power consumption.
Haxiot – LPWAN IoT Data Cloud Platform
The multitude of frameworks and protocols used by IIoT devices generate a wide variety of data in different formats. LPWANs address the challenge of collecting and analyzing the immense amount of data from these devices.
The US-based startup Haxiot develops X-ON, an LPWAN Internet of Things (IoT) data cloud platform. The X-ON platform uses the Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) and allows for interoperability with different protocols and API frameworks.
Strizh – Narrowband LPWAN
Any efficient wireless data transmission technology for Industry 4.0 has to focus on range, speed, and energy efficiency. A cost-efficient network for Industry 4.0 must have the right balance of these three features.
The Russian startup Strizh develops XNB, a new energy-efficient long-range LPWAN radio protocol. Their protocol is ideal for building large scale networks meant for industrial complexes.
ResIOT – Custom LoRaWAN Network
The customizability of LPWAN is one of their features that makes them so suited for Industry 4.0. The LoRaWAN specification developed and maintained by the LoRa Alliance is the preferred LPWAN solution for a lot of manufacturers.
The Italian startup Ubl Software develops ResIOT™, a platform to create scalable public or private LoRaWAN networks. It provides all the necessary software to manage networks of all sizes from small private ones to those with millions of devices connected.
What About The Other 126 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 4 low-power wide-area network startups showcased above are promising examples out of 130 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.