Connectivity of IoT devices can be provided via a number of different network technologies, each with it's own set of advantages and disadvantages. Because there is single, clearly superior network technology or provider, it is usually expected that multple providers will be used to benefit from the respectively best technology or provider in any given situation. For this reason, the thingsHub aims to support all releveant network providers.
Network Technologies and Providers
ThingsHub aims to support the three major IoT network technologies of today, the license-free LoRaWAN network, the proprietary Sigfox protocol, and the Narrowband IoT standard, which is primarily provided by mobile phone network provider.
Sigfox is a proprietary networking technology which operates in the license-free 848MHz (in Europe) spectrum. Sigfox is owned an operated by the company of the same name. If network coverage is given, Sigfox devices are set up easily. However, the data rate is strongly limited.
Narrowband IoT (NBIoT)
Narrowband IoT uses a subset of the LTE specification to provide IoT connectivity based on existing mobile phone network infrastructure. Narrowband is usually provided by traditional telecommunication companies.
The LoRaWAN standard is a proprietary but free-to-use standard, which is developed, defined, and maintained by the LoRa Alliance. Because LoRaWAN operates in free-to-use frequency bands, a LoRaWAN network can be self-operated by anyone, given a LoRaWAN Network Server.