LoRaWAN, a low power wide area network (LPWAN) specification designed for connecting wireless battery-operated things in a network, is gaining ground in Japan.
The LoRa Alliance, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN protocol recently established The LoRa Alliance Japan Marketing Taskforce to promote the dissemination and use of the protocol in Japan.
It is envisioned to contribute to the development of the internet of things (IoT) in Japan through awareness campaign, information sharing activities, and training of IoT engineers who can build systems using LoRaWAN.
"More than 500 companies worldwide are members of the LoRa Alliance and LoRaWAN technology’s use is rapidly expanding. Domestic interest in Japan has also increased, with results of demonstration experiments successfully reported by many companies, and further deployments planned for the future." the alliance said in a news release.
At the time of the launch, the following companies are participating companies in the task force:
Automagi Co., Ltd.
ST Microelectronics Corporation
Cisco Systems LLC
Semtech Japan LLC
Sense Way Co., Ltd.
Next Field Co., Ltd.
Renesas Electronics Corporation
Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
ACCESS Co., Ltd.
Braveridge Co., Ltd.
M2B Communications Inc.
Greenhouse Co., Ltd.
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Shinko Shoji Co., Ltd.
Oi Electric Co., Ltd.
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Ryodenshoji Co., Ltd.
Participation is open to all members of the LoRa Alliance with business interests and activities in Japan.