LoRaWAN Network Management – Why use Kerlink Wanesy?

LoRaWAN Network Management is no simple task. With the potential of having hundreds, even thousands of devices connected to your network, there are various implications which are worth considering. We’ve compiled a short blog to help you identify the benefits that Kerlink Wanesy Management Centre could offer you.

Kerlink Wanesy Management Centre

LoRaWAN® networks are free to use, but there are numerous other costs you should take into account. If you are using free-to-use software there will still be costs involved; you will need to learn how it works, maintain it and support it. If you are setting up a private LoRaWAN® network, no matter how small, you are effectively becoming a radio network operator for your customers. The infrastructure of your networks include:

  • The physical gateways
  • The back haul from the gateways to the internet
  • The LoRaWAN® network server

If any part of this infrastructure has a problem, your entire system will stop working which could unravel even more problems for you!

It’s important you have the right support behind you when problems occur. With Kerlink Wanesy (or any other commercial LNS), you are outsourcing this support burden to Alliot and Kerlink.

Network management is often overlooked by end users, this is a key factor to the failure of IoT solutions at the proof of concept stage.

What is Kerlink Wanesy?

Kerlink’s Wanesy Management Centre can be thought as being two things; 1. a LoRaWAN Network Server and 2. Remote Gateway Management.

Kerlink’s Wanesy LoRaWAN network server implements the LoRaWAN protocol and acts as an essential piece of middleware. This is comparable to other products such as Chirpstack, The Things Network and to some extent, LORIOT.

Remote Gateway Management

The Gateway Management element is something that is currently unique to Kerlink. It provides a central, web-based client where you can remotely access your deployed gateways wherever they may. Regardless of how your devices are connected to the internet, you can access them with Kerlink Wanesy. This means you can even access gateways using 3G or 4G SIM cards. With these devices, the gateway establishes a VPN between itself and Wanesy. With this unique feature, you can perform firmware upgrades and diagnose problems remotely without having to make site visits.

Alerting System

Kerlink’s intuitive Wanesy LoRaWAN Network Management also features an alerting system. This enables you to identify potential problems early and monitor the performance of sensors and gateways on your network.

Security

Security of IoT systems is a hot topic. Kerlink Wanesy allows you to deploy a secure platform in the following ways:

  • Hardened OpenVPN configuration and certificate authentication help to ensure secure communication between gateways and the server.
  • Both the server and gateway software are centrally managed and are thoroughly tested by Kerlink’s developers making it simple for you to keep software up to date.
  • Alerting lets you know about potential problems before they cause too much disruption.

Kerlink’s Wanesy Management Centre also offers a competitive commercial offering. Unlike other LNS options, Kerlink Wanesy offers you low on-boarding fees, and is cost based on the number of gateways, not sensors.

Contact our expert team today to discuss the best LoRaWAN Network Services for your solutions.

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Alliot Become Kerlink Gold Partner

Alliot become Kerlink Gold Partner

We’re delighted to have been awarded the Gold Partner Status by Kerlink. Find out more about our recent accreditation in this short blog.

Who are Kerlink?

Based in France, Kerlink is a fast-growing, global brand. Their main focus is around gateways and their industry-leading Wanesy network server. Kerlink’s offering supports the design, launch and operation of many IoT solutions. As founding and board members of the LoRa Alliance, they are leaders in their field.

Operating a tiered partner system, Kerlink base their partner statuses on company performance.

Growth for Alliot & Kerlink

Alliot first became a Kerlink partner in October 2019. Since then our sales and business has gone from strength to strength, helping us to achieve the Kerlink gold partner status!

Despite the challenges we’ve all faced over the past 12 months, we’ve been lucky to have worked with many of our partners to deliver some really innovative projects. Kerlink’s products play a pivotal role in our offering, helping to bring solutions to life. With LoRaWAN gateways for indoor and outdoor use, the Wanesy management centre and the Wanesy Wave tracking solution, Kerlink are an important asset to any IoT set up.

We look forward to further developing our relationship throughout 2021 and growing Kerlink business throughout the UK and Europe.

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Creating an Intelligent Building Management System with IoT

Our wide range of sensors can be applied to an endless variety of applications. In fact, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming deciphering what sensors to apply to your project. To help, we’ve created a case study to demonstrate how you may apply some of our LoRaWAN devices to create an intelligent business management system.

We often find that our customers know what issues they want to solves, but don’t always know how to address these. Our expert team are on hand to assist your with the planning, design and implementation of your IoT projects.

One of the beauties of LoRaWAN is that it can be implemented with minimal cost and disruption. LoRaWAN operates on its own network meaning you don’t have to disrupt any of your existing infrastructure. It also offers a scalable solution to enable you to expand your measurement points as/when your project expands.

Smart Buildings with Alliot

When creating this case study, we began by thinking about three key factors you may wish to address when creating an intelligent building management system, for this purpose we selected:

  • Workplace safety
  • Creating optimal working conditions for staff members
  • Optimising overall efficiencies

These three objectives are often at the forefront of many building/facilities managers agendas. Many want to improve the overall environment of their buildings for staff well being, as well as making savings by improving operational efficiencies. Whatever your objectives, we know that in order to be commercially deployable, your solutions need to offer a positive return on your investment.

The next step we made was to apply the objectives to our chosen application of intelligent BMS’. We put ourselves into the shoes of an office worker (we can just about recall being in the office!) and looked at the journey in and around the building. This lead us to select the following products.

  1. Elsys Desk Sensor: Monitors desk occupancy, temperature and humidity to create optimal working conditions.
  2. Netvox R72615A CO2 Sensor: Improve staff productivity by monitoring CO2 levels.
  3. Kerlink Ifemtocell Evolution Gateway: Transfer data from your sensors to your selected platform.
  4. Kerlink Wanesy Platform: Visualise your recorded data.
  5. Tekelek Waste Bin Sensor: Optimise waste collections.
  6. Kentix SmartXcan: Monitor the body temperatures of employees and visitors to create a COVID-secure workplace.
  7. Netvox R718CK2 Thermocouple Sensor: Remotely monitor your Legionella risk and automatically maintain records.
  8. Robeau Smart Water Meter: Make savings based on water usage and remotely detect leaks.

Find out more about how we applied the above devices in our BMS case study.

For assistance with designing your intelligent building management system solution of for information about creating a bespoke proof of concept kit contact our expert team today.

How to Select an IoT Gateway Solution

Gateways are a vital component to any LoRaWAN IoT solution. With so many options it can be hard to know which one to choose. To help you with your selection we’ve prepared a short blog to highlight some of the key factors you may want to take into consideration when selecting your IoT gateway solution.

What does an IoT Gateway Solution do?

LoRaWAN gateways play a critical role in your IoT solutions. Regardless of your application, an IoT solution will typically consist of sensors, a gateway, a network server and an application server. Your sensors will collect data and monitor the specific parameters they are designed for. The data collected is then passed to the gateway which bridges the gap between the connected IoT sensors and the network server. From the network server, the data is then transmitted to an application server for visualisation. By connecting the field to the cloud IoT gateways are a key access point for network connectivity.

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Things to Consider

1. Indoor/Outdoor Gateways

The first thing to consider when selecting your IoT gateway solution is the vertical it’s going to be applied to. Smart Agriculture and Smart Utility solutions for example are likely to have very different requirements. One may require an outdoor gateway, whereas the other may only need to be used indoors.

2. Network Coverage

The second factor to take into account is the network coverage. Some areas may have coverage blackspots which can result in delays or a loss of data. Many gateways have integrated failover features, the type of backhaul however, differs between different gateway devices.

3. Suitability

The size of your application and the number of messages you will be recording will have an impact on the IoT gateway solution you require. As will the installation environment, it is important to assess the external factors and how they may effect the gateway you require.

4. Integration

While you can connect any of our IoT gateway solutions to your preferred LoRaWAN network server. Many gateway manufacturers have their own servers too. If you use an LNS from a gateway manufacturer you can expect tighter integration with their gateways which may help you to decipher your chosen gateway brand.

Alliot’s Gateway Range

We partner with some of the world’s leading gateway manufacturers including LORIXone, Kerlink and MultiTech. Whatever your requirements you can rest assured Alliot has an IoT gateway solution for you.

To simplify your selection we’ve put together a LoRaWAN gateway comparison chart.

Product Indoor Outdoor IP Rating Backhaul Suitability
LORIX One LoRaWAN Gateway

LORIX One

IP65 Ethernet Large Outdoor Space

Kerlink Wirnet Ifemtocell

Kerlink Wirnet Ifemtocell

IP30 Ethernet or WiFi Single Building

Kerlink Ifemtocell Evolution

Kerlink Ifemtocell Evolution

IP30 Ethernet & cellular Single Building
Kerlink Wirnet IBTS

Kerlink Wirnet IBTS

IP66 Ethernet or cellular Densely Populated Areas
Kerlink Wirnet IBTS Compact

Kerlink Wirnet IBTS Compact

IP66 Ethernet & cellular Densely Populated Areas
MultiTech Conduit® Gateways

MultiTech Conduit®

N/A Ethernet or cellular LTE Single Building
MultiTech Conduit® AP Gateways

MultiTech Conduit® AP

IP30 Ethernet or cellular LTE Single Building
MultiTech LoRaWAN IP67 Gateways

MultiTech Conduit® IP67

IP67 Ethernet or cellular LTE Large Outdoor Space

Get started with MultiTech’s Starter Kit

MultiTech offer a LoRa starter kit for those looking to get started with IoT. Ideal for testing, this kit includes everything you need to demonstrate your solutions.

Contact the Alliot Team today for expert advice on selecting the right IoT gateway solution for your projects.