Bluesky Cook Islands deploys LoRaWAN IoT network

8 Sep 2016

Bluesky Cook Islands and New Zealand’s KotahiNet have deployed a LoRaWAN-based public wireless network for the Internet of Things (IoT) in north Rarotonga, which the partners plan to expand to the rest of the island in due course. Bluesky is currently not charging for connecting IoT devices via the network. Phillip Henderson, country manager of Bluesky Cook Islands said: ‘Cook Islands can greatly benefit from being able to get real-time data about the physical world with cheap and ubiquitous connectivity. There are a large variety of potential uses from smart electricity monitoring to better understanding the environment to knowing the location of everything.’ KotahiNet has operated an IoT network in New Zealand for around a year, which currently covers over half the population, whilst also developing connected products leveraging the technology. Vikram Kumar, director of KotahiNet, was quoted by saying: ‘The opportunity to work with Bluesky Cook Islands is ideal. It brings the benefit of wireless connectivity for real-time data quickly and economically to Rarotonga, leading the way in the Pacific Islands. Using the open network model from the LoRa Alliance, LoRaWAN, is particularly well suited. It allows sensors and other smart devices to communicate over long distances, yet the battery life can be typically five-ten years. By operating using the LoRaWAN specification for the European Union of 868MHz, it allows buying sensors and other smart devices off the shelf. This means Rarotonga can tap into global suppliers and take advantage of scale economies.’

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