E.ON start-up helps cities to capitalise on IoT


The new company, which E.On created through its innovation programme, aims to enable varied applications to communicate independently, helping cities to capitalise on the Internet of Things.

Digimondo, based in Hamburg, has already deployed its low-energy, long-range communications network in Berlin and Hamburg, and will add its networks to a number of cities nationwide, including Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, and Essen.

The start-up aims to “become Germany’s market leader in urban communications networks,” according to Your Communication News.

Digimondo’s IoT network

The Digimondo IoT network consists of a series of antennas, sensors, and communications chips, allowing information to flow between a variety of devices and applications.

Household applications include parking garages communicating vacant parking spaces there are available, meters can be read remotely; shipping containers can transmit information on their location; and streetlights can be controlled remotely and automatically report abnormalities.

The network is reported to have high interference tolerance and long range, which enables sensors to communicate from location that lack an electricity source and internet service.

[quote] Commenting on Digimondo’s IoT network capabilities, founder of the start-up company, Marcus Walena said: “This will help cities and towns to reduce costs and find ways to improve their infrastructure.”

E.ON’s new business is based on Digimondo’s proprietary LoRa network technology. Other networks such as WLAN, Bluetooth, and LTE “lack sufficient range and solid-objection penetration or are simply too expensive for many small applications,” adds Your Communication News.

Walena asserted that, “cost-effective data communications will better enable cities to meet the challenges of the future.”

The company claims that it continually upgrades its propriety LoRa software and adds new functions. Digimondo is reported to be working on new features such as billing, surveillance, user administration, and lossless data storage and transmission.