26th Workshop: A Reality Check of Technologies for IoT Connectivity

8 November 2018 at imec, Leuven.

Reality Check of Technologies for IoT Connectivity

In this workshop we will present the latest advances related to long range IoT & LPWAN (NB-IoT, LoRa, Sigfox, IEE802.15.4g, IEEE802.11ah, …) communication.
The focus will be on practical results that have been demonstrated with IoT devices in diverse application domains.

Some highlights include the following:

  • hands-on experience with NB-IoT
  • LPWAN network-based localization: which accuracies can we expect?
  • energy consumption of IoT devices with LPWAN connectivity

Several innovations will be (live) demonstrated during a guided tour.

The workshop is open to all players in wireless technology, from technology providers and system integrators, to providers and end-users of solutions for IoT applications.

Location

imec 1 auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee

Programme: Presentations and Demos
09:30 Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 Introduction
Kris Hermus, Coordinator Wireless Community & Innovation Program Manager, imec
Eli De Poorter, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent
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10:10 Part 1: NB-IoT: Where are we today?

  • Jeroen Famaey, Professor, imec-IDLab-UAntwerpen & Miloud Elkhalouki, Senior Wireless Access Engineer, Orange: “In-the-field NB-IoT measurements”
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    • We present a brief overview of the current status of NB-IoT standardization, and theoretical throughput capacity of the standard. This is followed by practical measurement results of throughput and latency obtained on the Orange network.
  • Pouria Zand, Research Engineer, imec-NL @ Holst Centre: “NB-IoT simulation in Network Simulator (NS-3)”
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    • We present an implementation of the main functionalities and coverage enhancement features of NB-IoT in NS-3, an end-to-end network simulator. The resource allocation and link adaptation in NS-3 are modified to comply with the new features of NB-IoT. Using the developed simulation framework, we simulate the end-to-end latency and maximum number of devices. In addition, the influence of the new coverage enhancement features on network reliability and latency is evaluated.
10:45 Part 2: Track & tracing with low-power wide area networks

  • Rafael Berkvens, Senior researcher, imec-IDLab-UAntwerpen: “Geo-location approaches for sub-GHz communication”
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    • Where on Earth is your IoT device? In some cases, it might be enough to just know the country: in which airport was my luggage lost? In other cases, somewhat more detail is necessary: is my equipment still at the construction site, or back in the storage? Getting this information through the IoT communication links avoids the need for satellite localization and is the topic of this talk. We will give an update of the current status of LPWAN based localization, including LoRaWAN, Sigfox and NB-IoT, but also other opportunities related to localization using 868 MHz.
  • Tim Gestels, Founder, Viloc: “Testing & Using LoRaWAN geoloc”
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    • We briefly discuss the working principles of LoRa network-based geolocation, along with its pros and cons.  We also present the sesults of extensive testing of geolocation services in The Netherlands
  • Lode Van Halewyck, Senior technical consultant, Actility: “Network-based localisation opportunities with LoRa”
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    • We’ll provide a status update on network-based geolocation in LoRaWAN networks and an outlook on geolocation opportunities in LPWAN networks in general.
11:20 Coffee break
Visit booths with live demos

  • allora Factory: “LoRa connected sensor devices”
  • imec-IDLab-UGent: “A Cloud-based Virtual Network Operator for Managing Multimodal LPWANs”
  • imec: “Design and prototyping of IoT devices with wireless connectivity”
  • VILOC: “LoRaWAN geolocation solutions”
11:50 Part 3: Energy consumption of IoT devices with LPWA connectivity

  • Jeroen Famaey, Professor, imec-IDLab-UAntwerpen: “The long life of IoT devices: comparing the energy consumption of sub-1GHz wireless technologies”
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    • We first present a short overview of energy-saving features of several LPWAN technologies: Sigfox, LoRa, NB-IoT, 802.11ah, and 802.15.4g TSCH. We illustrate this with results (based on theoretical modelling and simulation) on energy consumption and battery lifetime.
  • Tom De Ryck, Co-Founder, allóra Factory: “The possibilities of LoRa presented in 3 use cases.”
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    • allóra Factory will present how LoRa enables new service models in cold chain monitoring, pest control and office management.
  • Steven Sanders, Owner, Quicksand: “Autonomous sensor systems: how long does your battery last?”
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    • Quicksand presents the design process of a battery-powered autonomous sensor system. Taking the power consumption into account from the design start, during the design phase, and verification over long time ensure you make optimal use of the available battery capacity.
 12:25 Panel debate: The future of wireless connectivity technology for IoT applications

  • all speakers
 12:45 Networking lunch
Demo visit

  • allora Factory: “LoRa connected sensor devices”
  • imec-IDLab-UGent: “A Cloud-based Virtual Network Operator for Managing Multimodal LPWANs”
  • imec: “Design and prototyping of IoT devices with wireless connectivity”
  • VILOC: “LoRaWAN geolocation solutions”
13:30 End of the Wireless Community workshop
13:30

Start of Ideal-IoT SBO-project workshop

only accessible for members of the industrial advisory committee (IAC); it is still possible to join the IAC

Part 4: LPWAN networks for control applications

  • Marleen Boonen, Methods2Business: “Wi-Fi HaLow™, Wi-Fi for IoT”
  • Amina Seferagic, imec-IDLab-UGent: “Long range low-latency control loops”
  • Jeroen Hoebeke, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent: “Low Overhead Scheduling of LoRa Transmissions for Improved Scalability”
  • Luc Deneubourg, FLASH networks: “Mission Critical >< IoT”
 14:30  Coffee break
 14:45 Part 5: LPWAN network management, coexistence & interference

  • Eli De Poorter, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent: “Sustainable IoT: over the air software updates”
  • Pouria Zand, Research Engineer, IMEC-NL: “Interference classification for OFDM-based technologies”
  • Eli De Poorter, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent: “subGHz coexistence: Sigfox, LoRA, and IEEE 802.15.4”
  • Jeroen Hoebeke, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent: “A Cloud-based Virtual Network Operator for Managing Multimodal LPWANs”
 15:45 Conclusions and IAC feedback captation
 16:00 Networking
Registration

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Registrations can be cancelled until November 1, 2018. After this date the complete registration fee will be charged. Please send an email to wireless-community@imec.be to cancel your registration.

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