Weightless tech now shipping to customers in 20 countries
Cambridge technology designed to revolutionise the power and performance of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and thereby accelerate IoT advancement has begun shipping globally.
The Weightless SIG anchored in Cambridge says its Taiwanese ecosystem partner Ubiik is officially shipping Weightless hardware. The offering includes base stations, end device modules and full software to allow immediate testing, evaluation and development. It has already been shipped to pre-order customers in 20 countries across five continents.
The LPWAN community has had a long wait for Weightless technology to finally be realised with real hardware on developers’ desks but the time has come.
As William Webb, CEO of the Weightless SIG remarked: “Weightless-P technology was always where the organisation intended the standard to go. It is, we believe the definitive technology for IoT in unlicensed spectrum specifically aimed at developers of networks for private operators. With that in mind we have rebranded it simply as Weightless to reflect its significance.
“We set out from the start to promote the world’s best open standard LPWAN technology. With Weightless-P we have realised this goal. We are exclusively advocating the technology.”
Weightless technology has been aimed to address a clear LPWAN market need for reliable downlink, synchronised networking and acknowledged transmission.
Reliable downlink has been an integral missing piece in the sub-GHz IoT LPWAN ecosystem. The lack of downlink has stunted the growth of many use-cases as adopters have become more conscious of the value to natively support on-demand queries to end device, system control, firmware-over-the-air, and more.
Tien-Haw Peng, CEO of Ubiik Inc, explains: “This is a proud and defining moment for our company and the Weightless SIG. My gratitude is extended to all our loyal partners around the world for patiently waiting for us to complete development of the Weightless technology.
“Our partners’ critical need for a bi-directional LPWAN has served to bolster our team’s determination to bring this technology to life and make it available to the world.”
Ubiik is committed to technology support. Also, based on specific industry partners' requests, Ubiik is in the process of releasing a number of key Weightless-powered innovative IoT products including a GPS tracker and a Weightless e-Paper signage.
Webb said Weightless looked forward to further healthy growth as partners have pushed forward in creating innovative applications and unveiled aggressive deployment plans.
“The Weightless family warmly welcomes all IoT companies, enthusiasts, and at-home makers to learn more about the technology,” he said.
The Weightless SIG is a global member based not-for-profit organisation that exists to manage the development and licensing of wireless connectivity technology specifically for machine communications. It is supported at board level by Accenture, ARM and Ubiik.
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