Longer-range wireless network for IoT devices from Amazon

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Longer-range wireless network for IoT devices from Amazon

Amazon announced it is developing a Longer-range wireless network equivalent to Bluetooth and WiFi wireless protocols for use in smart devices. The „Amazon Sidewalk“, announced alongside some other hardware, underscores the firm’s growth expectations for IoT-devices and -appliances.

The company sees Sidewalk’s use in many different devices, ranging from garden water sensors to mailboxes that can alert owners to new mail. Sidewalk uses the low bandwidth 900 megahertz spectrum for an extended distance at which devices can be controlled. Amazon announced, that it requires less power than WiFi.

People don’t even realize yet how important that intermediate range is going to be, for things like lights in your yard, controlling your lights on your sidewalk in the street,

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said about Sidewalk’s range at Amazon’s annual Alexa devices launch in Seattle.

Amazon plans to publish the new network protocol for the Longer-range wireless network so developers can use it for new products. Sidewalk has already been tested to connect devices across Los Angeles. Amazon did not yet comment on when the system will be available for wider use. They announced to release a dog tracker in 2020 as a reference design for developers that will use the network to alert a pet-owner when their dog leaves a certain perimeter.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Amazon

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