At LumenRadio we have more than a decade of experience of providing and perfecting our frequency-friendly wireless technology. At the core of our offer we have our patent portfolio related to ultra-reliable and Future-Proof connectivity – providing unique benefits while based on relevant standards. Here we explain some of the challenges we encounter while perfecting wireless technology and the difference we make.
THE FREQUENCY SPECTRUM
With billions of devices being wirelessly connected, the frequency spectrum is getting more and more congested – soon to become one of our most scarce natural resources.
Most connected products and almost all other wireless technologies like WiFi, Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth Mesh all communicate on a single fixed channel and this congestion could make your wireless enabled product have degraded quality of service or even stop working completely. Will we soon be talking about the Interference of Things instead of the Internet of Things?
With that said frequency agility is crucial for a successful IoT deployment. To avoid a future communication breakdown, your wireless device needs to coexist along with other wireless technologies – not being interfered and not causing interference.
LumenRadio’s patented cognitive coexistence technology provides maximum robustness to RF disturbances and minimum effect on other wireless networks.
Wireless mesh networks are networks where the devices themselves creates the coverage, and help forwarding the data. This eliminates the need for separate infrastructure; the devices will create the infrastructure themselves – reducing cost and complexity.
Since data is forwarded from node to node, the range from a device becomes less important, since the range now does not have to cover all devices, but instead is only required to cover the distance between two devices.
Wireless mesh networks are most often self-healing. In layman terms this means that if the link is bad (for instance due to a device failure or in case the surrounding environment has changed), the network will find a new route for the traffic. The network is thus not sensitive to changes made in the building. In other words, the network is future-proof!
Wireless standards enable interoperability, which is the ability for a product to talk to and understand other devices, from the sensor to the backend and Cloud. Using a wireless standard for your connected product gives you stability and in the end minimizes risk during you design.
Choosing the right wireless standard is a major challenge and the landscape is complicated. WiFi, Bluetooth Mesh, Zigbee, Thread, Contiki are just a few of them. LumenRadio’s MiraOS is a wireless standard but it’s not only one standard – MiraOS is built upon several standards!
Wireless standards is built of different protocols and those protocols are often standardized by organisations like the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force).
Our patented Cognitive Coexistence technology is the foundation of our wireless technology offer and the main reason why we are the most resilient connectivity solution on the market today. No other player can today offer a more frequency-friendly and reliable protocol.
The number of wireless connected products are rapidly increasing and the majority of the connected devices rely on the same unlicensed frequency bands. This leads to a more and more congested frequency spectrum and the possibility of a communication breakdown – unless you have strategies for interference mitigation.
LumenRadio’s patented Cognitive Coexistence technology will like a weather station predict on a millisecond basis how the frequency spectrum will be utilized going forward. This prediction is used to adapt to the best available and least congested frequencies. By using our technology our customers products will be Future-Proof while they co-exist with other wireless technologies, not being interfered with or causing interference.
By being smart, being cognitive, we can detect, identify and adapt to the ever-changing surroundings, creating a true future-proof connectivity solution.
LOW ENERGY MESH TECHNOLOGY
LumenRadio’s MiraOS enables ultra-low power consumption for battery-operated devices. The current consumption for meshing nodes is now reduced to less than 16uA, which enables more than 15 years operation in routing mode from an AA-sized battery.
This is significantly better than any other competing wireless technology and enables battery-powered products to run on the same battery throughout the whole lifecycle.This also means that building-wide battery-powered meshing connectivity for building automation is now for the first time feasible and can create great benefits for your business.
Ultra-low energy meshing technology is a key enabler for wireless products running in industrial applications since you eliminate the need of changing batteries throughout the whole lifecycle. This has been a strong demand for a long time, and by some even considered a dream – with LumenRadio’s technology it is now a reality.
The common solution to concurrent wireless technologies has been to simply add two wireless chips into the product (e.g. a Bluetooth-chip for user interaction and another chip for the building-wide network) – adding cost, hardware size and complexity and increasing the power consumption of the device. Running multiple protocols with stringent timing requirements, concurrently on the same chip by time-sharing the radio, poses a huge challenge.
LumenRadio has through dedicated and hard work cracked the nut and found a solution. In the latest releases of MiraOS it is now possible to, on the same chip, concurrently combine Bluetooth with the ultra-reliable, low energy, IPv6 capable, meshing network of MiraOS.
This means interactions between a wireless product and a smart device is now possible at the same time as the wireless mesh network is being fully operational. Concurrent Bluetooth operation opens up many desired possibilities such as intuitive and hassle-free commissioning and maintenance, locally extracting large data sets, or possibilities for end user interactions through a smartphone or tablet.
The massive increase of wirelessly connected products and devices will lead to a congested frequency spectrum since all unlicensed wireless technologies all rely on the same frequency bands.
What is wireless coexistence?
Wireless coexistence is when your wireless technology can coexist with other wireless technologies without causing any interference or being interfered. Coexistence is becoming crucial for successful IoT deployments relying on unlicensed frequency bands.
Why must wireless technologies coexist?
The congestion in the frequency spectrum could lead to a communication breakdown. The wireless technology you chose for your products needs to find a way through the interference of today and adapt to the congestions of tomorrow.
What is a wireless mesh network?
In a wireless mesh network data is routed through the nodes to reach its destination so the wireless mesh network will handle all infrastructure forming by itself, without user intervention.
What are the benefits with wireless mesh?
Without wireless mesh you’ll need to install several access points across a building, and tie them together though a building wide network (most commonly Ethernet). This approach is both labor intensive and expensive since there is hardware and wiring needed with the sole purpose of creating network coverage. As wireless mesh networks eliminates the need for access points and other special infrastructure, it is easy to understand why mesh is considered a silver bullet – it simply helps in creating future-proof systems!
What is a wireless standard?
Wireless standards are a set of services and protocols that dictate how your wireless technology acts. Used or accepted as normal or standardized by organisations such as IEEE and IETF.
Why are wireless standards important?
Apart from the obvious reason of interoperability between products across different layers, which tends to be in focus when discussing standards, it is also important to consider the possibility and probability that something will improve and evolve - wide implementation and support from a broad community have positive effects on continuous improvements.
What does frequency agility mean?
Frequency agility means that the network switches to a channel that has less disturbances to be able to get the data through. LumenRadio’s Cognitive Coexistence technology is an algorithm which enables real-time, chaotic, adaptive frequency-hopping.
Benefits with low power consumption in a mesh technology?
Using a mesh technology for your wireless products with ultra-low power consumption, enables battery-operated solutions and also the possibility for battery-powered products to run on the same battery throughout the whole lifecycle.
What is battery-powered mesh?
When you use an ultra-low energy mesh technology for your wireless products, your product can be battery-powered thanks to the low power consumption. Choosing the right technology for your product means that it can run on the same battery during its entire lifecycle.
Can you run two wireless technologies concurrently in the same product?
The common solution to concurrent wireless technologies has been to simply add two wireless chips into the product (e.g. a Bluetooth-chip for user interaction and another chip for the building-wide network), but with MiraOS this can be achieved using only one chip.
What are the benefits of concurrent Bluetooth?
Concurrent Bluetooth operation opens up many desired possibilities such as intuitive and hassle-free commissioning and maintenance, locally extracting large data sets, or possibilities for end user interactions through a smartphone or tablet - all while maintaining the mesh fully operational.