Reach by netLiNK
netLiNK Reach is a LoRaWAN based intelligent 0-10VDC dimming control system for commercial site lighting and municipal street lighting. This product will debut on Comcast’s MachineQ network in the United States. A single gateway using LoRa Technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments, while also providing the ability to connect to end-devices 10+ miles away. This will allow netLiNK Reach to communicate using single-hop wireless communication with hundreds of thousands of IoT devices at distances that far surpass anything available on the market today.
What is IoT?
The “Internet of Things” is the concept of connecting and controlling any device via internet connection. The IoT connection network is estimated to become over 26 Billion by 2020. This giant network of “things” allows for countless connections that will greatly impact how we work efficiently now and in the future.
LoRa™ is a long range, low power radio frequency communication technology that allows exceptionally quick and cost-efficient smart device deployment and operation over large geographical areas that were previously too challenging or cost prohibitive to connect. Compared to Mesh RF/GPRS communication technologies, LoRaWAN™ with its unique penetration capability, a LoRaWAN™ gateway deployed on a building or tower can connect to IoT devices more than 10 miles away as well as devices deployed underground or in basements.
With the increased range of the LoRaWAN network, entire cities or countries can be covered with a few base stations, no longer requiring the upfront rollout and maintenance of thousands of end points as in traditional mesh networking. The LoRaWAN™ protocol offers unique and unequaled benefits in terms of bidirectionality, security, mobility and accurate localization that are not addressed by other LPWAN technologies. This has made IoT possible now, with minimal infrastructure investment.
LoRaWAN network architecture is typically laid out in a star-of-stars topology as opposed to the commonly used “mesh” network. In a mesh network, data from the individual control devices hops from device to device to increase the communication range of the network. While this increases the range, it also adds complexity, reduces network capacity, and reduces battery lifetime as devices receive and forward information from other devices that is likely irrelevant for them.
netLink Reach & LoRa Technology
netLiNK Reach is teaming SEMTECH’s LoRa technology and low power, wide area networks (LPWAN) based on the LoRaWAN protocol to provide a smart sensing and control infrastructure, which allows users to collect and analyze data from connected devices in a streamlined manner. netLiNK Reach is an all in one auto sensing 120v-480v unit that meets the needs of any site under any circumstance. NEMA 7 Pin (ANSI C136.41) and hardwire versions are both available. Devices come standard with revenue grade metering, back up photocell autonomy, auxiliary input (for motion control) and GPS free geolocation.
Scheduling & Commissioning
netLiNK Reach includes pre-loaded energy management schedules right out of the box, that can be custom tailored at any time during and after install. Installers have three ways of commissioning: smart device application delivered via Near Field Communication (does not require device to be powered), Bluetooth Low Energy, and OTA programming via secure web portal thus giving more flexibility to the end user while reducing provisioning time.
Web Portal Interface
Using Microsoft’s Azure cloud, netLiNK Reach hosts a secure web portal to record historical information and provide a real-time user interface. Highly interactive and user friendly, the software provides powerful management and reporting tools. It allows users to control different end points individually, by groups/schedules, and receive notifications on devices operating out of specification. Historical reporting, energy savings, and fixture audit reports are just a few of the “on demand” reports available with netLiNK Reach. Colleges, universities, and cities can manage and monitor a large number of fixtures, groups of fixtures, users or scheduled actions with ease. The web portal offers full scalability for a virtually unlimited number of fixtures and integrating all the processes and correlative functions needed for a state-of-the-art lighting management system.