Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution* with wireless technologies at its heart.
What is the IoT?
While the term IoT is rather young, the technology itself is not, some LPRA members have been designing and deploying IoT solutions for almost two decades, with projects as diverse as meter reading (AMR), refrigeration monitoring through to on-line pest control monitoring of rodent traps.
There are a number of published definitions defining what makes an IoT device or system. There is no right or wrong answer, generally we consider an IoT device to be one that gathers data, passes or processes data or issues controls via the internet in part or for the hole of its journey.
The LPRA’s Role in the IoT Revolution
The LPRA through its elected council has been instrumental in IoT revolution as without the LPRA’s participating in the lobbying back in the early 1990 we may still need a radio licence for every single wireless device we own, including IoT. Yes back in 1990 even the humble radio key for a car required a licence in most countries.
Over almost three decades the LPRA Council has sat on countless International Standards committees and been part of overseas delegations to the Middle East (TRA) and the US (FCC), all with the aim of opening up radio spectrum and assisting in the generation of harmonised standards for its Members.
IoT is our Future and Has Massive Growth Potential
Almost twenty years on from its birth, IoT has spread into the home, with a variety of devices from Wi-Fi connected home appliances, Bluetooth smart sensors such as fitness tracking devices all forming part of the IoT revolution which according to many analysists forms part of a market that could be worth over $4 Trillion by 2025.
Current IoT Business Sectors
The LPRA already has a growing number of members who are designing and delivering IoT solutions covering a diverse range of business sectors, including:
- Home Automation
- Medical Electronics
- Meter Reading
- Flood Waring and Monitoring
- Industrial Control
- Home Security
- Personal Assistants
- Smart Buildings
Involved in IoT ? Then join the LPRA now!
The LPRA is a not-for-profit organisation, run for the benefit of its members. Being a member of the LPRA also provides fantastic networking and educational opportunities for Members. Annual membership starts at just £275.00+vat dependent on the number of employees. To find out more about the benefits of membership please contact the LPRA Secretariat HERE
Brian M Back BEng(Hons) CEng FIET MIoD Vice Chair & Council Member Low Power Radio Association
* In Germany this has been designated Industrie 4.0