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ARCHOS launches PicoWAN network and plans to deploy 20,000 gateways in France

ARCHOS launches PicoWAN network and plans to deploy 20,000 gateways in France
After more than two years of research and development, ARCHOS will deliver the first 5,000 PicoWAN gateways in France in the first quarter, then 15,000 in 2018 to ensure national coverage of urban areas.

The invention hold in a low power, long-range network protocol, embodied by pico-gateways that fit in Wi-Fi smart plugs. Equipped with LoRa chips, these pico-gateways’s range is as far as the sophisticated antennas installed on the roofs. Easy to set-up, the gateway is just plugged in a standard power outlet. It is a redundant network, penetrating deeper inside buildings, offering a higher quality of service.

PicoWAN gateways also act as connected Wi-Fi smart plug that can be controlled by voice. The PicoWAN network solution is unique as it brings together all the links in IoT value chain without expensive infrastructure. This end-to-end solution provides B2B customers with a dedicated network of gateways, custom-connected devices and cloud-based data management and processing services.

With the set-up of 20,000 PicoWAN gateways in France, ARCHOS will then have an independent global LPWAN network to manage an ecosystem of connected objects that are very easy to install, and provide any type of information such as temperature, presence detection, humidity, CO2, movement, etc. PicoWAN remains the only long-range technology designed specifically for deep in-door coverage. A range of connected objects and sensors are being developed for the end-users as well as for companies looking to optimize their organization.

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