Radiocrafts claims Wize-compliant RF module is an industry-first

A 169MHz RF module, the RC1701HP-WIZE, has been developed by Radiocrafts in co-operation with the Wize Alliance. It is, says the company, the first standard RF module that is Wize-compliant.

It complies with the new Wize protocol as specified by the Wize Alliance based on Wireless M-Bus. The Wize radio protocol is a new industry initiative for Industrial IoT to meet the challenge of large area coverage while connecting hard-to-reach devices where a good line-of-sight cannot be established. To achieve this goal the network is based on 169MHz carrier frequency, a much lower frequency than used in other LPWAN networks, combined with true narrowband technology.

The RC1701HP-WIZE module provides the complete communication protocol for the new LPWAN solution operating at 169MHz.

Using the 169MHz band has a significant advantage compared to other license-free bands using higher frequencies, explains Radiocrafts. The physical properties of the lower operating frequency ensures the radio waves reach further, and also have better penetration in buildings and hard-to-reach places. The RC1701HP-WIZE has a range of more than 5.0km line of sight (LoS), and a coverage radius of 1.0km to 2.0km even in dense urban areas.

Anders Oldebäck, sales and marketing director at Radiocrafts, said: “We see the introduction of 169 MHz as a LPWAN technology as a major initiative to make LPWAN more robust and reliable solution also for industrial applications.”

The new RC1701HP-WIZE is a compact surface-mount module which measure only 12.7 x 25.4mm, and delivered in tape and reel packaging. Samples and developments kits are available in 2018Q4.

Radiocrafts provides Wireless M-Bus modules for utility metering and industrial applications, and takes an active part in the development of the Wireless M-Bus standard in CEN, in OMS, and in the Wize Alliance.

Radiocrafts also offers custom and application specific product development, supporting customers from initial project ideas to volume product delivery.

The Wize Alliance is a new industry association that is chartered to drive and promote 169MHz LPWAN technology under the Wize name.

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