Leading Companies Including Amazon, Arduino and Intel Join the LoRa Alliance

LoRa Alliance, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN standard for IoT low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), has released a list of new Sponsor and Contributor members who joined in the past six months. Members at these levels drive the work and direction of the LoRa Alliance and development of the LoRaWAN standard.

The LoRa Alliance continues to see growth in membership across the globe from companies involved in the IoT from chip to cloud, strengthening the diversity of its member ecosystem. The LoRaWAN standard is a low-power, wide-area networking (LPWAN) protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery-operated “things” to the internet in regional, national or global networks to deliver actionable data and improve efficiencies. It targets key Internet of Things (IoT) requirements such as bidirectional communication, end-to-end security, mobility and localization services.

The New leadership members in recent months include:

Sponsor-level Members who are eligible to be elected to the Board of Directors, participate in voting for Board seats, participate in all committee work and have voting rights at the committee level. New Entrants:
Contributor-level Members who are eligible to participate in all committee work and have voting rights at the committee level.

The LoRa Alliance supports more than 3,000 members from more than 500 companies in the development and ongoing innovation of the LoRaWAN specifications and Certification program, in addition to actively marketing the standard via news, articles, speaking and tradeshow exhibition opportunities. The alliance brings together the ecosystem to partner, collaborate and share information. As an open, non-profit member-driven organization, all of the sponsor and contributor members have an equal voice and vote in defining the alliance activities.

According to Fabio Violante, CEO of new member company Arduino - the largest open source hardware and software community in the world, for the past few years Arduino has been on a journey to make available its hardware and IoT Cloud platforms not only to makers and educators but also to enterprises, by releasing several families of connected products designed for IoT applications. In this scenario, long range and low power connectivity plays a fundamental role. By joining the Lora Alliance, Arduino thus aims at further developing the IoT sector and contribute to the widespread adoption of LoRaWAN on a global scale.

According to Steven N. Bronson, President and CEO of Interlink Electronics, joining the alliance, gives the company an exceptional opportunity to translate its unique in-house competencies and product commercialization track record into creating breakthrough solutions for the rapidly emerging IoT space. The company intends to leverage its experience to develop, manufacture, and integrate scalable printed electronic sensor technologies for a wide spectrum of products.

Leading provider of connectivity and IoT solutions, Paige Wireless, expects to use the LoRa Alliance’s access to technologies, R&D, and industry trends which will help increase the pace of adoption, reliability, and ease of deployment of its products. As the operator of energy networks in Baden-Württemberg, German-based smart solutions provider, Netze BW, wants to use LoRaWAN both for smart utility use cases and to provide capacities especially for Smart City applications.

With the largest IoT network based on LoRaWAN technology in India, Tata Communications is hoping to develop the nextgen IoT ecosystem in India, bringing all the various players in this space – from developers, start-ups, and device manufacturers etc. under one system to provide end-to-end IoT solutions to Indian customers. According to Alok Bardiya, Head - Internet of Things (Business Unit), Tata Communications, this would indeed enable improved worker safety, saving energy costs by smart lighting or even asset and energy monitoring.