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Based on mioty technology, Stackforce has developed the mioty Protocol Stack, which enables data transmission via Telegram Splitting Multiple Access (TSMA). In 2023, the company, based in Eschbach in southern Baden, Germany, manages 16 employees, 10 of whom are engaged in technology development.
1. Mr. Rahusen, what prompted Stackforce to become a founding member of the mioty alliance?
Due to our excellent networking in the IoT environment, we had information about the mioty development at a very early stage. As a provider of Protocol Stacks for the different low-power IoT applications, it is very important for us to be on top of the technological development.
We were convinced very early on about the benefits and the different use cases of mioty, and we were aware that we could make an important contribution to the mioty ecosystem by developing a mioty Protocol Stack, thus taking another step towards digitization with LPWAN. That is why we became a founding member of the mioty alliance in 2020.
2. What product did Stackforce contribute to mioty?
We have developed a Protocol Stack for mioty that allows the establishment of mioty wireless transmissions and that can be used on a variety of hardware platforms. The mioty Protocol Stack is an efficient and particularly robust as well as scalable solution for modern IoT connectivity, setting new standards in the field of wireless data transmission through the innovative technology of Telegram Splitting.
The mioty Protocol Stack is based on the ETSI wireless transmission standard TS 103 357, which is independent of a dedicated hardware platform, i.e. it can be ported to a wide range of microcontrollers and wireless chips, thus offering greater applicability and choice compared to other LPWAN technologies.
3. Why do you consider mioty important?
Mioty has been developed to enable low-interference radio transmissions over long distances with many devices. Interference is generated both by other mioty devices and by third-party devices transmitting in the same frequency range, and is a particular problem when participating devices want to scale.
If numerous meters such as water, heat, gas, or electricity meters or sensors for level measurement, air quality, CO2 measurement, etc. are deployed or additionally added to an LPWAN radio network, which is the stated goal of the IoT, then the likelihood that the many radio signals will interfere with each other increases.
In such a scenario, in a smart city environment, meter readings might not be recorded, full trash cans might not be emptied, or machine status data might not be received in an industrial setting.
However, in a digital system, it is imperative that data transmission is guaranteed. This is so important because very large wireless networks with many nodes are implemented with mioty to achieve maximum scalability.
4. What is your reaction to the claim that mioty is essentially superfluous in the age of 5G?
The use cases in the IoT environment are very diverse and the local conditions also vary greatly. 5G certainly has its raison d'être, but especially in use cases where long battery lifetimes and therefore very low power consumption play a crucial role, LPWAN technology like mioty is the only option. On the other hand, with 5G, I am dependent on the infrastructure from a mobile network provider, with the risk of not being able to guarantee the necessary data transmission security. Depending on the situation, however, a co-existence of mioty and 5G can make perfect sense.
5. Can mioty also be used in existing LoRaWAN networks?
Yes, of course. Mioty is a software solution that can be implemented on relatively large number of hardware platforms. Sensors in existing LoRaWAN networks can easily be integrated into a mioty network by changing the software.