Cisco has anointed another industry alliance into its Internet of Things embrace, with LoRaWAN

The company's added a LoRaWAN-capable gateway to its sprawling product set, a decision that its global marketing and corp comms veep Doug Webster explains lets service providers create networks of low-powered sensors – devices and sensors that are battery powered, have low data rates and long distance communications requirements , he writes.

Webster names a familiar list of use-cases for the technology: asset tracking, logistics, smart cities, buildings, utilities and agriculture.

The target markets all have in common that they want devices that can operate at low power, so they can get decent battery life.

That's where LoRaWAN and other proposed standards come in.

LoRaWAN stands for long range wide area network.

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