First nationwide IoT program for universities announced

First nationwide IoT program for universities announced
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MultiTech Systems has introduced what is claimed to be the first nationwide IoT programme for schools and universities that will provide students with the necessary tools and education to learn and apply new connectivity technologies.

The new University IoT Program for LoRa Connectivity programme focuses on low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) using LoRaWAN. LPWAN is a wireless network designed for long range communications using low power consumption and a low bit rate to connect a wide variety of "things".

The announcement follows the recent success of its first co-hosted event, which took place at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance solutions for the networking industry, and the UNH Connectivity Research Center (Connectivity). The one-day hackathon brought together UNH students, faculty, and industry to identify a problem and build a solution utilising sensors and LoRaWAN MultiConnect Conduit gateways and MultiConnect mDot LoRa modules.

According to Research and Markets, the LPWAN market is growing at a CAGR of 90.03% between now and 2022. Gregg Zastrow, Senior Manager of Programmes and Partnerships at MultiTech, said: “The size of the LPWAN market and the opportunity it affords for the next generation is significant. By providing education and cutting edge IoT products, we provide an enormous opportunity for students and further promote new IoT ideas and applications. We are excited by the students’ enthusiasm, creativity and designs.”

The new University IoT Program for LoRa Connectivity introduces various benefits, MultiTech added, including integrated, standards-based product kits, and a developers’ web portal.

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