IBM Long-Range Signaling and Control (LRSC)

A highly efficient M2M infrastructure

Driving the revolution of online data to a next level, more and more devices will be Internet-connected. For example, according to Forrester, more than 22 billion devices will be connected by 2020.

Given that this number far outstrips mobile (GSM) subscription estimations for 3G or 4G networks, there is one key question to be answered: How can this be made possible in a sustainable and scalable manner, e.g., without deploying 2–3 times more GSM base stations or routing billions of new machine-to-machine (M2M) interactions over private WLAN hotspots?

One answer to this question is by using a long-range, low-data-rate communications infrastructure that needs fewer base stations to serve more simple devices like online smoke detectors, temperature sensors or smart electrical heating controllers.

Several such radio technologies exist and our team has created the necessary IT infrastructure to render one such radio technology easy to deploy.

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A typical IBM Long-Range Signaling and Control (LRSC) installation comprises a central network server (NwkS) linking hundreds or thousands of radio gateways (GWs) to dozens of application routers (AppR).
In this way, hundreds of thousands of devices can establish a secure bidirectional, low-data-rate connection with corresponding application-level backend logic.
PRSC infrastructure overview