South Korea aims to kick-start the development of the Internet of Things with a low cost national network.
(CCM) — South Korea has become the second country to launch a nationwide Internet of Things network after the launch of a similar one in the Netherlands last week. The networks will connect sensors built in to "things," like cars, refrigerators, and printers, or even implanted into livestock, with computers operated by the things' owners or manufacturers. The sensors will use the network to provide information, such as advanced warnings when a part needs replacing or requires service or simply where the sensor is currently located. Over 6 billion devices will be connected to the Internet of Things worldwide by the end of the year, according to research firm Gartner.
The South Korean network uses low-power, long-range radio technology called LoRa to cover 99% of the country's population and has been designed to be offered at about one-tenth of the cost of a 4G data network to help stimulate adoption of the Internet of Things in the country. Owners of Internet of Things devices will be charged a subscription starting at 350 Korean Won ($0.30) per month for 100 KB of data. SK Telecom, which owns the network, expects that over 4 million devices will be connected in South Korea by the end of 2017.
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