MIOTY – a standardized communication solution for LPWANs in the Industrial Internet of Things

/ 16.10.2018

Erlangen/Nuremberg/Toronto: The MIOTY wireless transmission technology created by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is one of the first standardized communication solutions for LPWAN (Low power wide area network) applications in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). MIOTY exploits a special technology known as telegram splitting to enable energy-efficient, robust and reliable transmission of sensor data over distances of up to several kilometers. A standard released by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in June sets out uniform technical specifications for the development of new applications in the field of massive IIoT solutions, which the MIOTY wireless communication architecture is compliant with.

© Fraunhofer IIS/Kurt Fuchs

MIOTY is one of the first wireless communications solutions for IIoT applications based on ETSI standard TS 103357.

© Fraunhofer IIS/Kurt Fuchs

MIOTY evaluation kit: wireless communication based on ETSI standard TS 103357.

The increasing pervasiveness of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) calls for a communication solution that is robust, scalable and secure while simultaneously cost- and energy-efficient. To satisfy these critical requirements, Fraunhofer IIS has developed a patented telegram splitting method ideally suited to the field of massive IoT applications such as condition-based monitoring, worker safety, smart metering and environmental monitoring. Implementing Telegram Splitting at its core, MIOTYTM enables extremely robust transmission of sensor data over up to 15 kilometers while consuming minimal power. With this unique transmission method for LPWAN, MIOTY combats interference in the unlicensed spectrum. Using the MIOTYTM software-based communication solution, many hundreds of thousands of sensors or IoT mobile devices can transmit up to 1.5 million data packets a day to a single gateway, with no loss of information – even in highly challenging environments with severe physical obstructions.

ETSI standard for LPWANs

The latest standard published by the European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI), a committee of independent research and development companies and industry bodies, lays an important foundation for the deployment of low-power wide-area networks, or LPWANs. The new ETSI Standard TS 103357 “Low Throughput Networks (LTN) Protocols for radio interface A” provides worldwide LPWAN adopters a widely recognized specification for the development of new services and solutions, ensuring different systems and services can seamlessly interact with one another. ETSI has been devoted to developing standards for message transmission and telecommunications since 1988, and has around 800 member organizations from 66 countries all over the world. In addition, the Institute is one of the three entities officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization (ESO).

Fraunhofer MIOTYTM technology covers the “last mile” of IoT communication

IoT solutions involving the transmission and processing of many thousands of data packets at once had previously lacked an appropriate and reliable form of communication. Moreover, the design of such communication solutions must also take into account crucial aspects such as energy efficiency, lifespan and expandability.

In successfully filling this gap in “last mile” communication and accelerating digitalization in industrial sectors, Fraunhofer IIS has partnered with BTI Ltd in Toronto, to bring MIOTYTM technology to customers across various markets and verticals in its capacity as MIOTYTM license and solution provider, Fraunhofer IIS has successfully covered the last mile on the road to comprehensive digitalization for applications with advanced requirements and challenging environmental conditions. Initial pilot installations are currently being tested in the oil and gas industry and the mining sector, alongside other demanding remote monitoring applications.

MIOTYTM is a trademark of Fraunhofer.