A LoRaWAN Coverage Testbed and a Multi-optional Communication Architecture for Smart City Feasibility in Developing Countries

  • Pape Abdoulaye BarroEmail author
  • Marco Zennaro
  • Jules Degila
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 311)


Connectivity is key for IoT and smart cities. Unfortunately, a stable Internet connection is scarce in developing countries. LoRaWAN standalone base station solutions can be used to fill the gaps. But since these difficulties may not affect everyone, then, affordable wireless communication, such as Wi-Fi, with direct access to Internet from the collection node, may be useful for data transmission. This article, first, discusses a coverage study based on LoRaWAN autonomous base stations and, then, extends the architectural model proposed in [3] to take into account the Wi-Fi protocol, thus diversifying the implementation choices. A gateway (Wi-IoT) capable of providing Wi-Fi access, on the one hand, and collecting, processing and monitoring data as a mini-server, on the other hand, will be proposed as proof of concept. From the node to the gateway, data will be compressed and sent securely. A user who connects to Wi-IoT will, then, be able to access his data.


Sustainability Smart and future city feasibility IoT/ICT for development Edge/Fog computing Wireless and community network LoRaWAN Wi-Fi 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (IMSP)Porto-NovoBenin
  2. 2.T/ICT4D Laboratory of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)TriesteItaly

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