Low power wide area networks: a survey of enabling technologies, applications and interoperability needs

Qadir, Qahhar Muhammad and Rashid, Tarik A. and Al-Salihi, Nawzad K. and Ismael, Birzo and Kist, Alexander A. and Zhang, Zhongwei (2018) Low power wide area networks: a survey of enabling technologies, applications and interoperability needs. IEEE Access, 6. pp. 77454-77473.

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Low-power wide area (LPWA) technologies are strongly recommended as the underlying networks for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. They offer attractive features, including wide-range coverage, long battery life, and low data rates. This paper reviews the current trends in this technology, with an emphasis on the services it provides and the challenges it faces. The industrial paradigms for LPWA implementation are presented. Compared with other work in the field, this paper focuses on the need for integration among different LPWA technologies and recommends the appropriate LPWA solutions for a wide range of IoT application and service use cases. Opportunities created by these technologies in the market are also analyzed. The latest research efforts to investigate and improve the operation of LPWA networks are also compared and classified to enable researchers to quickly get up to speed on the current status of this technology. Finally, challenges facing LPWA are identified and directions for future research are recommended.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available under Creative Commons Attribution License.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2019 03:24
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 00:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: cellular; Internet of Things; IoT; low power wide area; low power wide area network; LPWA; LPWAN; M2M; machine-to-machine; wireless; health-care; internet; things; communication; challenges; performance; 802.11ah; layer; lora
Fields of Research : 10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100503 Computer Communications Networks
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100510 Wireless Communications
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890199 Communication Networks and Services not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2883151
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35769

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