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Low Cost Connectivity for Household Appliances using Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN)

Verio, I. (2022) Low Cost Connectivity for Household Appliances using Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN).

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Abstract:Household appliances are transitioning to be connected to the Internet as technology advances. Most of the currently available household appliances already have a feature that enables connectivity to retrieve the system’s data using the end-customers (appliance owner) internet connection. However, this is not desirable as the customers (appliance suppliers) desire to have an internet connection independent system to minimize ongoing maintenance costs, enable a reliable connection, and enable a secured connection to retrieve the system’s data. Among the currently available wireless technologies, Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) is the most promising one. This paper firstly investigates the business use cases enabled by LPWAN and the corresponding technology requirements, then compares the most frequently used LPWAN technologies thoroughly, including Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN), Sigfox, and NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT). LoRaWAN is selected based on the comparison results and its performance is further evaluated in a real-life scenario. It is found that LoRaWAN is practically usable under specific conditions because the performance differs from the technical specifications, which needs to be investigated more in future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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