In the context of Internet of Things (IoT) applications and M2M solutions, where thousands of battery-powered sensors and smart devices spread over a large area are being deployed, the need for wireless communication technologies that allow long range connectivity and low power consumption is evident. Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) address this need and play a crucial role in enabling IoT applications that were previously prohibitive due to cost, such as smart grids, smart cities, and smart metering, to name a few. For clarification, LPWAN is not a standard. It is a term that is used to encompass protocols and implementations that share the same two characteristics, as the name suggests:
1. Low Power: devices and smart objects operate on batteries that can last 10+ years.
2. Wide Area: the operating range of these wireless networks is in the order of kilometres, depending on the area of deployment (i.e. rural, urban).
These types of networks not only make it possible to achieve long battery life for devices and long-range communication, but also enhanced coverage and power efficiency.
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