e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 11th EAI International Conference, AFRICOMM 2019, Porto-Novo, Benin, December 3–4, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

A LoRaWAN Coverage Testbed and a Multi-optional Communication Architecture for Smart City Feasibility in Developing Countries

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-41593-8_6,
        author={Pape Barro and Marco Zennaro and Jules Degila},
        title={A LoRaWAN Coverage Testbed and a Multi-optional Communication Architecture for Smart City Feasibility in Developing Countries},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 11th EAI International Conference, AFRICOMM 2019, Porto-Novo, Benin, December 3--4, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2020},
        month={2},
        keywords={Sustainability Smart and future city feasibility IoT/ICT for development Edge/Fog computing Wireless and community network LoRaWAN Wi-Fi},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-41593-8_6}
    }
    
  • Pape Barro
    Marco Zennaro
    Jules Degila
    Year: 2020
    A LoRaWAN Coverage Testbed and a Multi-optional Communication Architecture for Smart City Feasibility in Developing Countries
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-41593-8_6
Pape Barro,*, Marco Zennaro1, Jules Degila2
  • 1: T/ICT4D Laboratory of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
  • 2: Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (IMSP)
*Contact email: pape.barro@imsp-uac.org

Abstract

Connectivity is key for IoT and smart cities. Unfortunately, a stable Internet connection is scarce in developing countries. LoRaWAN standalone base station solutions can be used to fill the gaps. But since these difficulties may not affect everyone, then, affordable wireless communication, such as Wi-Fi, with direct access to Internet from the collection node, may be useful for data transmission. This article, first, discusses a coverage study based on LoRaWAN autonomous base stations and, then, extends the architectural model proposed in [3] to take into account the Wi-Fi protocol, thus diversifying the implementation choices. A gateway (Wi-IoT) capable of providing Wi-Fi access, on the one hand, and collecting, processing and monitoring data as a mini-server, on the other hand, will be proposed as proof of concept. From the node to the gateway, data will be compressed and sent securely. A user who connects to Wi-IoT will, then, be able to access his data.