MIOTY™ by BTI First To Meet ETSI Low-Power WAN Communications Standard
MIOTY Poised to Become the Wi-Fi of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
TORONTO – July 9, 2018 – Behr Technologies Inc. (BTI) today announced that its MIOTY™ by BTI low-power, wide-area [LPWA] network communications solution is the first and only technology to comply with the just-released ETSI telegram splitting ultra-narrow band (TS-UNB) technical specification for low throughput networks (TS 103 357). In delivering a real-world solution based on these specifications, MIOTY powers the IIoT by facilitating the “last mile” of communications with wireless data sources.
“The lack of standards has been a primary barrier to worldwide IIoT scalability,” said Michael Schlicht, head of the communication systems division at Fraunhofer IIS. “We worked closely with globally-recognized standards body ETSI to introduce this revolutionary MIOTY communication technology to the market.”
MIOTY offers carrier-grade scaling and performance, no network fees, and high interference immunity. Running on economical commodity gateways and transceivers, a single MIOTY gateway can scale to handle up to 100,000 sensor nodes and 1.5 million messages per day. Leveraging license-free sub-gigahertz spectrum, the sensors in a MIOTY network can operate within a radius of five to 15 kilometres of the gateway (depending on the geographical density), even in inhospitable and previously impenetrable environments such as mines and refineries.
“The release of this standard is a game-changer for the IIoT market, especially since the technical specifications surpass that of any other solution in use today by an order of magnitude,” said Albert Behr, CEO of BTI. “With MIOTY, we and our partners are very well positioned to take advantage of the rapidly accelerating global IIoT market.”
The benefits of LPWA networks compared to cellular solutions for the IIoT include longer transceiver battery life and lower cost of operations using unlicensed sub-gigahertz frequencies. Until the introduction of this new standard by ETSI, LPWAN solutions were severely hampered by interference and the inability to effectively penetrate infrastructures such as buildings or tunnels. In addition, current LPWAN offerings are not designed to support the large-scale volume of messages demanded by IIoT deployments.
The core technology underlying the ETSI specification and MIOTY is known as telegram splitting. This patented communication method was developed by Fraunhofer and licensed to BTI for global commercialization. To enable a single base station to communicate simultaneously with thousands of distributed or mobile IIoT devices, the technology splits the data packets to be transported in the data stream into small subpackets at the sensor level. These subpackets are then transmitted over fluctuating frequency and time. A sophisticated algorithm in the base station permanently scans the spectrum for MIOTY subpackets and reassembles them into a complete message. Thanks to built-in redundancy, up to 50 percent of the subpackets may be lost in transmission, without reducing the information content. The radio standard thus achieves a unique robustness against interference with a great network capacity and high power efficiency due to the very short “on air” times.
ETSI, a not-for-profit entity, provides its members with an open and inclusive environment to support the timely development, ratification and testing of globally applicable standards for ICT-enabled systems, applications and services across all sectors of industry and society. With more than 800-member organizations, drawn from 66 countries and five continents, ETSI represents a diverse group of large and small private companies, research entities, academia, government and public organizations. ETSI is one of only three bodies officially recognized by the EU as a European Standards Organization (ESO).
Founded in 2018, Toronto-based Behr Technologies Inc. (BTI) is a worldwide licensee of MIOTY, the new commercial standard in LPWAN technology for Industrial IoT. The company is focused on commercializing, licensing, and supporting MIOTY through partnerships with industry-leading technology providers, and the development of new MIOTY-based products and applications for the IIoT marketplace. BTI’s first commercial product using this ETSI standard is the MIOTY 1.0 Starter Kit with Microsoft Azure, which was launched in April at Hannover Messe, Germany.
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