169 MHz Solutions For Devices in Hard-To-Reach Places

Many RF technologies today are unable to work efficiently in dense urban areas. This is a problem that has been present in the radio world long before the IoT was created. Many applications exist in Smart Cities where the sensors and devices are often placed in hard-to-reach places. In such cases, a 169 MHz solution is most optimal.

169 MHz wireless communication solutions offer excellent performance in terms of range, building penetration properties, and battery consumption while still ensuring sufficient bitrate.

169 MHz penetration properties

Benefits of the 169 MHz frequency band:

  • Longer range due to lower frequency
  • Improved communication link due to improved link margin
  • Improved reliability due to less use and less interference in the frequency band
  • Lower frequencies have longer wavelengths which allows for better object penetration
  • Reduction in operational costs as devices operating in the 169 MHz band do not require repeaters

 

Radiocrafts Involvement In The Standardization Process of 169 MHz Radio Solutions:

Radiocrafts has been a pioneer in the standardization and development of radio solutions in the 169 MHz band with several thousand modules already deployed.

Radiocrafts has been an active member of the CEN TC294 standardizing the use of 169 MHz in Europe for many years. This group works in the standardization of communication interfaces for systems with meters and remote reading of meters for all kind of fluids and energies distributed by network.

Radiocrafts has also been an active member of the Wize Alliance, a non-profit association promoting the Wize technology, a 169 MHz Industrial IoT technology specifically designed for deployments located in hard-to-reach places, for example, in smart metering, public lighting, energy management of buildings, smart mobility, and more.

Radiocrafts 169 MHz Solutions: 

Wireless M-Bus – Suitable for long range LPWAN, Smart Metering, Smart City, and Industrial Sensors:

  • RC1701HP—MBUS4, the modem module which supports the N-mode
  • RC1701HP-MPC1, the modem module with pulse counter, tamper, and install inputs
  • RC1701HP-MSM, the sensor interface module with integrated sensor interfaces.
  • RC1701HP-Wize, a novel approach to a wireless LPWAN network for Industrial IoT applications based on Wireless M-Bus Mode N

RC232Suitable for Industrial Sensors and Cable Replacements projects:

  • RC1701HP-RC232, an easy-to-use, fully transparent, and simple networking solution for bi-directional wireless communication from a transmitter to a receiver.

TinymeshSuitable for Industrial Sensors, Smart Metering, and Street Lighting:

  • RC1701HP-TM, a multi-hop mesh protocol with bi-directional communication for control and monitoring of individual nodes

Customizable:

  • RC1702HP, suitable as a versatile platform for custom variants for various applications
  • We also offer assistance in design of equipment; we have long experience in antenna and power management designs needed for a successful project.

169 mhz - alisonic tank level measurement device 169 MHz - Cryoegg

Want a real-life example of what Radiocrafts modules can offer you? Read about the Cryoegg, an egg used to measure melting water up to 1.5 km below a glacier, including through thick ice. You can also read about a tank level measurement device for petrol tanks buried up to 1 meter underground that can achieve a 200 meter communication range above the ground!

You can read more about the 169 MHz in our document library or by reading our blog posts.

Want to start testing Radiocrafts 169 MHz solutions for your own project? Buy a development kit or samples from Radiocrafts from Digi-Key or from a distribution partner near you!