The IoT network in Belgium continues to grow

21st December 2017
Lanna Deamer

Kerlink has announced it will be providing telecom company and provider of telephony, Internet, television and network-based ICT services in Belgium, Proximus, with 800 more stations for the Proximus LoRaWANTM IoT network in that country. This network densification with geolocation-ready Kerlink WirnetTM iBTS Standard stations follows Proximus’s deployment of a LoRaWANTM IoT network in 2015 with 130 Kerlink WirnetTM Stations, and WirnetTM iBTS Standard reference.

When the additional rollout is completed by year-end, the network will have more than 1,000 Kerlink WirnetTM units in the field, making it scalable, reliable and robust.

Targeting public network operators, WirnetTM iBTS Standard and WirnetTM iBTS Compact stations are deployed outdoors and provide carrier-grade versatile, long range, two-way and geolocation-ready connectivity. Kerlink customers worldwide have already deployed several thousand of these stations for IoT dedicated networks.

“In addition to its increasing deployment to power new networks in Europe, South Asia and South America, the WirnetTM product range readily supports cell densification and enhanced service, like geolocation or native security for remote management of gateways,” said Yann Bauduin, Director of Sales for Operators at Kerlink.

“WirnetTM iBTS Standard stations’ modularity offers increased coverage through cell densification by simply adding an extra LoRaWANTM module. Its geolocation-ready design also enables a fast ramp up to deploy innovative location-based services, natively localising each end device through the network.”

“Launching a cell-densification project in a short time after starting the deployment of our LoRaWANTM network inBelgium is testimony to the positive reception and increasing use of the network by our customers,” said Alex Thomas, IoT Program Manager for Proximus. “We tested Kerlink’s WirnetTM stations before deployment, and they demonstrated that they fully meet the expectations of users, backed by the Kerlink team’s constant customer support and confirmed expertise.”

“This new IoT network has already stimulated innovations and opened the door to new business models,” said Joke Tisaun, Proximus IoT Product Manager. “This is the case for some interesting applications we support today, like measuring the fullness of glass containers in order to optimise pick-up routes and enhance customer experience. In addition, we launched a project with the biggest gas supplier in Belgium, where we will monitor the gas tanks of people in their homes, to improve the service they can offer to their end-customers.”

Proximus also recently showcased a solution for industry environments to record energy information required for energy optimisation. “For that purpose, sensors monitor the temperature, humidity, light and opening of doors, and send this information, almost in real time. This ensures higher reliability, and improves management efficiency,” Tisaun said.

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