New IoT services provider based on LoRaWAN™ established

ORF subsidiary ORS comm, Kapsch BusinessCom, and Microtronics  founded the  joint venture “Sensor Network Services GmbH” (SENS) for IoT digitalization solutions and services based on the LoRaWAN™ wireless standard.

Vienna, February 15, 2018 – SENS stands for Sensor Network Services and offers services, applications, and solutions for IoT (Internet of Things) digitalization projects and IoT organizations in Austria. The services are based on the LoRaWAN™ wireless standard. LoRa® technology has been specially developed to meet the demands of the Internet of Things, and offers unique advantages such as exceptionally low power consumption, high range, good building penetration, minimal bandwidth, and bidirectional communication. A LoRa® sensor can operate for up to ten years without maintenance, as well as working in special application areas such as concrete buildings. As a result, the LoRa® technology opens up a broad ecosystem of potential applications and fields of use related to the IoT in a wide variety of industries.

The new IoT SENS joint venture develops private and cooperative wireless networks, as well as offering networks as a service. Equipment and sensors can be efficiently and cost-effectively integrated via the standardized LoRaWAN™ 1.02 interface. The data is available on the IoT platform also provided by SENS, and can be directly integrated into the customer’s business logic via the API interface. SENS solutions and services allow processes to be quickly and efficiently digitalized, thereby strengthening the competitiveness of Austrian companies.

There has been comprehensive LoRaWAN™ testing and setting up in the Austrian cities of Vienna, Linz, and Graz over the past months. The first pilot projects with well-known companies, including the ÖBB Business Competence Center GmbH for a sensor-wireless solution for railroad switching, the Salzburg AG for an IoT solution for water meters, as well as a customer satisfaction survey of City of Graz services via LoRa® on behalf of the GBG Gebäude- und Baumanagement Graz GmbH and its partners Holding Graz, ITG and City of Graz are currently being implemented.

Value creation in Austria

Cooperation between the three companies Kapsch, Microtronics, and ORS comm creates a single source for digital services with purely Austrian value creation. This ensures that the data never leaves Austria at any time during data processing.

By developing new products, implementing new technologies, and its concomitant increase in productivity, digitalization offers companies the opportunity to set new standards and launch completely new business models. With its energy-efficient and cost-effective LoRa® network technology, SENS will function as a catalyst for digital progress in Austria.

Additional information: www.sens.