The Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that industrial IoT connectivity provider M2Communication (M2COMM) will lead the project to develop a high-performance LPWAN standard due to be published by the end of the year. The Weightless-P Standard will offer uplink and downlink capabilities to enhance quality of service, which is especially important in the industrial IoT sector, said Weightless, adding that the standard provides 2-way communications at data rates ranging from 200 bps to 100 kbps.
The group also said the standard will enable higher capacity than existing LPWAN and cellular technologies for uplink-dominated traffic with short-to-medium payload sizes. In addition, using common commercially-available chipsets it will support both stationary and mobile end devices by utilising low-power, innovative handover, cell re-selection and roaming methods.
The Weightless-P specification is expected to be published by the final quarter of the year, when it will be made available to all members of the SIG.