A new global 5G standard in IoT
Wirepas 5G Mesh will be based on the new global IoT standard, currently called DECT-2020 NR. The standard, owned by European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), was included in the 5G in October 2021 as the first non-cellular technology in the world. Wirepas has been the main contributor to the standard that fills the gap in the current IoT connectivity environment for industrial applications requiring massive scale.
Just like the already existing Wirepas Mesh 2,4GHz, products based on the new standard can be deployed anywhere by anyone in no time thanks to its decentralized device-based decisions. The network runs autonomously with minimal maintenance effort and with no need for separate network infrastructure deployment. With its dedicated license-exempt global frequency band at around 1900 MHz the new standard offers coverage anywhere in the world.
Non-cellular. Much better.
Way better than cellular IoT
Designed for massive and dense deployments, the new 5G standard requires significantly less power than cellular alternatives. It also provides a communication network without the need for infrastructure and offers lower cost along with the inherently high reliability of the mesh topology, making it an attractive option for industries.
Physical layer use advanced radio technologies to boost link performance and reliability, such as OFDM radio, state-of-the-art modulation and coding schemes and HARQ. It is future proof to support several operating channel bandwidths from 1,728 (Wirepas scope in the beginning) up to 220,1 MHz for potential future use for increased bitrates and latency demands.
The new non-cellular 5G standard means virtually unlimited scale and density for low to mid bandwidth applications, at a level of cost offering unbeatable ROI. The principle of the standard is to offer very low upfront investment and deployment cost, with the lowest possible operating cost. Not one or the other. But both.
Device centric autonomous operation
The higher layers define device centric autonomous operation. Devices can associate dynamically between each other and change their roles to a routing or non-routing device. By themselves, they can create both very dense and large neighborhood area networks with up to kilometers reach. The standard defines advanced capabilities for interference management between different networks and users, which gives additional robustness for communication.
Future industry needs
The new standard is a great response to industry needs in digitalization. It offers completely new opportunities for industrial companies, solution providers and other players to independently develop unique solutions and services. This is just the start of our standardization journey.
Stay tuned for more to come!
"Danfoss has been driving industrial digitalization for a long time. We see the need for new wireless standards that make large scale deployments more affordable. DECT-2020 NR looks promising. We are looking forward to having private networks cover the massive scale in manufacturing and other industries.” - Vesa Laisi, President
“EDMI is looking forward to this new global standard designed for large scale deployments of smart devices, and we are excited to partner with Wirepas to roll out DECT-2020 technology for the smart metering industry.” – Roy Kirsopp, EDMI Group Sales Director.
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Fujitsu Components Ltd
“Fujitsu Components embrace open standards. As a licensee of Wirepas Mesh 2,4 GHz, we strongly believe in the uniqueness of Wirepas technology and are excited to see it will serve the industries for massive IoT also as a standardized 5G technology.” - Masahiro Kinoshita, President
“KEKO’s mission is to make buildings more human-centric – together. We are a dynamic, high-performing ecosystem on a mission to define the future of the built environment. Standardization that enables autonomous and de-centralized 5G connectivity solutions for buildings is very welcome and we look forward to seeing it helping buildings to take the next leap in digitalization.” – Janne Öfversten, Senior Technology Manager, Kone
“LACROIX helps local authorities to build smart, safe and efficient cities. Our digital solutions are based on latest technological innovation, such as Wirepas Mesh 2,4 GHz. We are excited to see how the new non-cellular 5G standard can cost-efficiently connect with outstanding coverage and performance in a city.” - Stéphane Henry, EVP R&D
"The NR+ standard has a unique potential for large scale IoT deployments in industrial, buildings/campuses and parts of the global logistics domains and it is delightful to see the first real implementation of the standard by Wirepas - looking forward to see companies globally adopting and deploying the NR+ technology” – Find Bengtsson, Lead Technology Manager, Maersk
Nordic Semiconductor ASA
"We are excited to see a new global standard designed for massive IoT in a free global band. Wirepas is a great partner for us and we’re excited to continue this partnership into the future.” - Kjetil Holstad, Executive Vice President Product Management
“Tridonic is the world’s leading lighting technology partner, enabling new ways of using and experiencing light. As a thought leader in lighting-based network technology and connectivity, we are very excited to see the first non-cellular 5G standard, purpose built for massive IoT, become a market reality.” - Antonio Romano, VP and CTO Global R&D
"The Fagerhult Group has 12 lighting brands who provide lighting solutions for professional applications. Lighting is an integral part of smart buildings and smart cities. Open systems and standardized technology are an essential element of future ecosystem success. We welcome the new de-centralized mesh (DECT-2020 NR) to become part of the 5G standard to build an interoperable and sustainable connectivity ecosystem." - Geert Van Der Meer, Head of Business Area Infrastructure and Head of Connectivity
"MECOMO is a leading solution provider for process and workflow digitization to logistics companies and their (big) fleets of objects. We are an innovative frontrunner in providing intelligent end-to-end supply chain visibility. By extending our telematics solution portfolio with Wirepas Mesh 2,4 GHz sensor networks via our maintenance-free solar telematics mobile gateways, we add a whole new dimension of scalability, new use cases and new markets on global scale. Wirepas 5G Mesh will open incredible opportunities for large company grounds like airports, chemparks, harbors, oilrigs and many more. We are looking forward to changing the world together!" - Stefan Heimerl, CEO
"INDUTRAX is one of the leading providers of location aware software and solutions and enables the combination of various technologies for location, identification and sensor technology in interaction with logistics and production control systems. INDUTRAX has already realised numerous projects for companies and medium-sized industrial customers. By expanding our solution portfolio with Wirepas Mesh 2,4 GHz sensor networks, we are adding a completely new dimension of scalability, new use cases and new markets. Wirepas 5G Mesh will bring significant improvements to flexible manufacturing and intralogistics. We look forward to helping shape the future here!" - Jörg Poswig, CEO
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What is DECT-2020 New Radio (NR), and how big a deal is it?
Nordic Semiconducter shared their thoughts on the new DECT-2020 IoT standard as a part of the ITU 5G standard.