The Belgian lighting manufacturer Schréder has joined the LoRa Alliance, the open global standard for secure Internet of Things connectivity.
The company says the ubiquity of street lighting in cities makes it a natural partner to smart city connectivity and follows up from its invention of the Shuffle which it explains is the first IoT-connected lighting column incorporating wireless connectivity, electric vehicle charging, public address systems and CCTV, as well as LED lighting.
Schréder joins more than 500 companies including IBM, Cisco, HP, Foxconn, Semtech and Sagemcom as members of the LoRa Alliance, which states it is committed to facilitating connectivity via the LoRaWAN standard of wireless communications to enable large scale IoT projects to be deployed.
Nicolas Keutgen, Chief Innovation Officer at Schréder, commented, “As the one constant within the urban environment, lighting networks have a critical role to play in developing the smart city of the future. Schréder supports towns and cities to establish open, interoperable platforms by providing easy-to-integrate infrastructure that not only brings operational benefits but also improves the quality of life for citizens. Joining the LoRa Alliance ensures that our lighting products can be effectively connected to other IoT applications. LoRaWAN networks will be crucial to the effective roll out of these applications across many of the world’s major cities and as a member, we will continue to pioneer connected solutions to benefit this developing industry.”