LoRa Alliance, the global association of companies supporting the open LoRaWAN standard for low power wide area networks of the Internet of Things (IoT), recently announced that it has improved and expanded its LoRaWAN NetID program. The changes will increase access to NetID licenses for both LoRa Alliance members and non-members, which in turn will speed up global roaming deployments.
âLoRaWAN is an open global standard with full roaming capabilities already available internationally and via satellite,â said Donna Moore, CEO and President of LoRa Alliance. âLoRaWAN is quickly becoming ubiquitous. To support all LoRaWAN users for roaming worldwide, we have increased access to our NetID program, increasing the reach of LoRaWAN and enabling true global roaming.
NetID is a 24-bit network identifier assigned to LoRaWAN networks by the LoRa Alliance to allow recognition of network traffic. Credentials are a critical part of roaming because devices that leave their home network must use a unique identifier that can be globally identified and allow roaming partners to recognize each other’s traffic.
Extending the availability of NetID
The expansion of the LoRaWAN NetID program will allow members to develop their networks and increase access to roaming. LoRa Alliance members will continue to receive NetIDs as part of their membership based on their membership level. In addition, under the new program, LoRa Alliance members who want additional NetIDs will be able to license an unlimited number of Type 7 NetIDs for a management fee. Likewise, companies that are not members of the LoRa Alliance can now purchase and license a limited number of Type 7 NetIDs. Companies that require more than this limit are encouraged to join the LoRa Alliance for additional NetID licenses.
Moore continued, âExpanding the availability of NetID enables the entire IoT LPWAN market to reap the benefits of LoRaWAN. This will help businesses tackle new applications and facilitate stronger connections with members of the LoRa Alliance, creating new business opportunities. At the same time, it offers existing members an easier way to scale their own LoRaWAN operations, which in turn generates more partnerships through roaming, more innovation and additional revenue. “