LoRaWAN hub connects 18 networks around the world

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Actility claims its ThingPark Exchange platform is the first global LoRaWAN peering hub.

Actility has announced what it calls the first global peering hub for LoRaWANs, ThingPark Exchange, which it says is growing rapidly.

It has 18 LoRaWANs linked to it already worldwide, “with many public LoRaWAN service providers as well as multiple private networks and large industrial solution providers”.

The ThingPark Exchange platform can activate devices in any country where solution providers have a presence.

Interconnectivity

Actility claims other networks are in negotiations to join the hub which “is already being used by the vast majority of nationwide [US] LoRaWAN network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of companies all over the world,” according to a press statement.

Actility has been involved in the development of LoRaWAN technology from the start and says it led the development of LoRaWAN’s roaming standard, then was the first to implement it and run interoperability tests with other LoRa Alliance members.

The first international roaming trial took place between Orange in France and KPN in the Netherlands, two of Actility’s long-established public network operator customers that now use the ThingPark platform.

After setting up peer-to-peer interconnection between operators, the next obvious step was peering hubs with their “connect once, peer with any other network” approach to provide scalable, secure and manageable peering between networks.

Global peers

In one year, ThingPark Exchange has onboarded 18 LoRaWAN networks – a combination of public and private networks – network servers and join servers, based on Actility and other platforms, including two satellite networks.

LoRaWAN infrastructure connected to ThingPark Exchange includes multiple public networks: Digita in Finland, ER-Telecom in Russia, KPN in the Netherlands, Netzikon in Germany, Oresundskraft in Sweden, Orange in France and Romania, Proximus in Belgium, Swisscom in Switzerland, NNNCo in Australia, Everynet in the Americas, EMEA and Indonesia, a multi-country private network (Schneider Electric), two worldwide satellite IoT networks (Lacuna and Hiber), and two LoRaWAN Join Servers (Semtech Join Server and Actility’s ThingPark Activation).