Amazon.com Inc has made an announcement that it is developing a longer-range wireless network for IoT devices, Reuters reported. The announcement was made public on Wednesday. The longer-range will be equivalent to Bluetooth and WiFi wireless protocols, the company said.
The new innovation indicates the company’s growth expectations for IoT – where appliances and devices are operated over networks.
Known as the Amazon Sidewalk, the network was unveiled at the company’s annual hardware event launch in Seattle.The low bandwidth 900 MHz spectrum network consumes less power than WiFi and helps to extend the distance at which IoT devices can be operated.
Tech Crunch reports indicate that the company is delivering 700 test devices in LA to test access points. Once the access points are available in large numbers, people can create a network with decent broad coverage.
The protocol will be published so that other device manufacturers can also integrate it into their devices, Amazon added.
The company sees Sidewalk’s use in devices as varied as garden water sensors and mailboxes that would alert the owner to new mail.
It will be interesting to see the efficiency of the new network considering Amazon has evolved more than a tech company now.