Low Power Network

Swisscom is setting up a Swiss-wide network for the Internet of Things to supplement the mobile network in the form of the Low Power Network (LPN). The LPN connects everyday objects that exchange only small amounts of data with each other in an extremely energy-efficient manner – for example, bicycles, letterboxes, bins or even shoes. These objects can exchange data using batteries independently of the electrical network for several years. Often it is sufficient if infrastructure, devices and things transmit information on only a sporadic basis. The primary assets of LPNs are thus their broad reach, their low hardware costs and their extremely energy-efficient transmission. One battery can connect a sensor to the network for several years without being plugged into an electrical socket. LPNs lay the foundation for smart cities, energy-efficient buildings, machine-to-machine networking and new digital applications, since they allow infrastructure, devices and things to network and communicate with one another – and make the process tangible for users by answering questions such as the following: Where is an object? Is it moving or still? How warm is it? How high is its fill level? Is there the risk of an outage? – By the end of 2016, LPNs will provide outside coverage to around 80% of the Swiss population. It is based on the open industry standard LoRa. Swisscom is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, which now comprises over 400 members.