Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom just announced plans to build a nationwide network in South Korea to connect the intelligent devices required for the smart cities of the future.
It’s hailing the new LoRaWAN-based network as the world’s first for commercial use. These are in addition to several community-based networks already taking root around the world. LoRaWAN is a low-power, long-range, and low-bandwidth networking solution that’s ideal for communications between the sensors that will blanket smart cities. It’s meant to augment, not replace networking solutions that connect bandwidth- and power-hungry devices like laptops and smartphones.
Daegu will serve as a test bed for the IoT network, and focus on setting up and adopting infrastructure for renewable energy solutions, cloud platforms and big data analytics of healthcare and medical services, as well as electric vehicle infrastructure for autonomous cars.
Being first doesn’t always mean that the world will follow.