How to create the most cost effective IoT project

Here is a quick 4 step guide to help you create the cheapest IoT project possible, while still helping you completely fulfill your IoT challenges. 


1. Test the waters.

A good alternative for testing if LoRaWAN is what your IoT challenge needs are joining ThingPark CommunityThis is a portal that provides its members with free-of-charge access to the world-leading LPWAN network management platform – Actility’s ThingPark – for their non-profit use, also providing guidance on how to set up your first IoT LoRaWAN use case to show this powerful technology in action.  This platform puts LoRaWAN and the Actility ThingPark technology to your reachgiving access to products and services free of charge for your non-commercial use. This platform provides our expert’s hands-on experience with the latest technology and the newest platform. This is provided by access to LoRaWAN and ThingPark document base and Forum for in-depth questions to be answered by experts, giving you the opportunity to be part of a crowd-sourced radio network to contribute to and leverage for your own use. 


2. Get the Gemtek MiniHub Preconfigured for the ThingPark Community gateway 

Easily acquire the Preconfigured MiniHub for ThingPark Community and create private and public LoRaWAN deployments with an unprecedented level of reliability and securityThis gateway is specifically designed to connect with LoRaWAN sensors that feature long-distance, low-cost, and battery-powered capabilities while being deliberately positioned under harsh environments or wide-area surroundings. This solution allows any developer, person or company to build a global, long-range, and low-power data network in an easy, cost-effective way.  


3. Add up to 50 devices for the same account 

This gateway allows you to create a deployment consisting of up to 50 devices connected to only one account. Helping beginners to test their deployment and easily scale up when needed for growth. 


4. Get inspired 

 Here are some examples of use cases that have successfully been implemented, solving issues through IoT, and which might be the perfect solution for you. 


 LoRaWAN® network for COVID19 prevention in the city of Gießen 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Gießen had the need tomeasure CO2 concentrations for prevention in schools, kindergartens, sports facilities, meeting rooms, cinemas, restaurants, and hotels. The yardstick for the concentration of aerosols in the air is a very important indicator for preventing unnecessary infections with the coronavirus. 
This use case, involving the seventh-largest city in Middle Hesse, with a population of almost 90,000 people, and the need for monitoring of various parameters in public buildings and Smart City applications, was solved with PIR Sensors for motion and occupancy detection connected to a LoRaWAN network deployed throughout the city, with only 7 gateways. Some examples of similar sensors to the ones used in this use case are the SensingLab Passage Reporting Sensor, which detects the presence of human bodies in specific areas and can monitor the occupation of a room, or the Proximity Detection & Contact Tracing Starter Kit, which helps to experience how LoRaWAN can help to enforce proximity policies to keep people from the same organization safe. 


Indoor location solution Europe’s busiest urban train line 

A tracking system for the RATP, the Parisian public transport operator, was created with Abeeway trackers, in order to locate in real-time the underground equipment used in the tunnels of RER A in Paris, using low-power IoT networks and robust sensors, adapted to the underground environment. 


Energy management of a big industrial zone in Vietnam using LPWAN 

Opinum S.A., an energy management technology provider, made it possible to monitor the supply and energy management of an industrial area in Vietnam, thanks to LPWAN technology and metering sensors.