Kerlink and The Things Industries announce strategic partnership

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Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and The Things Industries, a scalable LoRaWAN network server provider, are synching their carrier-grade hardware and software to offer customers zero-touch provisioning (ZTP) for IoT network deployments.

This plug-and-play package, the core of a strategic partnership signed by the two companies, features Kerlink’s Wirnet i-Series LoRaWAN gateways and The Things Industries’ LoRaWAN Network Server – The Things Stack.

This combination will allow for faster and simpler network deployments and management because the gateways can be seamlessly onboarded to the LoRaWAN network server without manual configuration. Benefits of ZTP include:

Simplified deployment: Gateways come with network settings, security parameters and other necessary configurations.

Faster time to market: The streamlined provisioning process accelerates deployment of LoRaWAN gateways.

Remote provisioning: Gateways can be shipped directly to the deployment location and automatically connected to The Things Stack.

Simplified maintenance and updates: Software updates, patches, and configuration changes can be pushed remotely to the gateways. This simplifies maintenance tasks and ensures all gateways are using the latest firmware and security patches, improving overall network reliability and performance.

“This collaborative ZTP solution with Kerlink aims to revolutionise the way solution builders design, launch and operate public and private IoT networks worldwide,” said Wienke Giezeman, The Things Industries CEO. “It resolves the most common concerns customers have when planning their networks: How can they save time and control operational costs, how can they reduce configuration complexity and human errors in deployment, and, of course, how can they scale their network.”

The solution is implemented by Kerlink’s “Magic Link” programme, a single-use URL that automatically runs personalised configuration, and which has been validated on more than 20,000 deployed Wirnet i-Series gateways.

“Fully secured and totally automated, ZTP is the easiest way to provision, configure and onboard all Kerlink Wirnet i-Series LoRaWAN gateways, after power up, and it can run personalised configuration on thousands of gateways in minutes,” explained Yann Bauduin, Kerlink chief sales officer. “The Things Stack LoRaWAN network server combined with Kerlink gateways ensures security, reliability and scalability in a solution that can accelerate massive IoT adoption globally.”