LoRaWAN stands for Long Range Wide Area Network, a technology that enables mobile communications for IoT sensors and applications at low cost and reduced power consumption, with batteries lasting up to 10 years depending on usage.
LoRa is an open standard, operating at unlicensed frequency (ISM band, 900MHz).
American Tower has just surpassed 300,000 devices connected to Brazil's LoRa network infrastructure, thanks to a partnership with local tracking and telemetry technology company Maxtrack, the company said in a statement. Investment figures were not released.
Currently in a testing phase with 15 users and operators, the network is already carrying over 3mn messages per day in the metropolitan regions of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. Commercial launch is scheduled for the fourth quarter of the year, said American Tower.
The goal is to have 80 Brazilian cities covered by the end of next year.
American Tower's network is aimed at companies with large volumes of users and can be marketed both by telecom operators and by channels such as solution integrators or virtual operators.
Among the most promising applications for this technology are smart cities, remote metering of energy, water or gas, vehicle/cargo tracking, agriculture and livestock.
At the end of April, American Tower launched IoT Open Labs, the first Internet Experience and Development Center of Things in Brazil, in partnership with Everynet and BandTec Digital School.
IoT Open Labs is part of the company's strategy to encourage the development of technology for the application ecosystem and human capital formation, said American Tower.