1/2018

Campus IoT network now available

Digita has installed a LoRa base station on the roof of the Kampusareena building to build an Internet of Things (IoT) network that extends across the campus and the surrounding area. It offers students hands-on experience of IoT networks and opens up new business opportunities for the companies.

IoT-enabled device

 

The majority of IoT-enabled devices transmit sensor data over the network.

 

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) participates in Digita’s project to offer a free LoRaWAN network to educational institutions to support teaching and learning. The network provided by Digita currently reaches close to 100,000 students all over the country.

Students at TUT will be able to utilize the new network before the end of this spring.

“It is great opportunity for our students to access the new IoT network,” says Joonas Säe, postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Electronics and Communications Engineering.

The LoRaWAN network offers an easy and cost-effective solution for sending and receiving small amounts of data. It is therefore better suited for sending sensor data than, for example, conventional mobile phone networks.

“Nevertheless, the so-called NB-IoT technology of mobile phone networks has been specifically designed for IoT networks. Researchers in the Laboratory of Electronics and Communications Engineering are currently introducing an NB-IoT network to the Tietotalo building in collaboration with Nokia as part of the Wireless for Verticals (WIVE) project,” says Säe.

Nationwide LoRa network

One of the strengths of Digita’s LoRa network is that its range extends all over Finland. Students can use their LoRa devices and applications anywhere within the coverage area.

The new IoT network also benefits companies.

“The IoT network opens up new business opportunities for the companies located on the TUT campus. They can use the network, for example, for their research and R&D purposes,” says Säe.

Students will be able to utilize the new network in their upcoming courses, and the network will become more widely available for educational and business use later on.

Text: Joonas Säe and Sanna Kähkönen
Photo: Joonas Säe

 
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