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Amazon launching long-range Sidewalk network for IoT devices

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Amazon is working on a long-range network that doesn’t have the shortcomings of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This network is to be used to control Internet of Things (IoT (opens in new tab)) devices, the media are reporting.

The project is called Amazon Sidewalk, and the company hopes it could find its use for things like garden water sensors or mailboxes. The problem with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is, according to Amazon, that it uses too much power and has limited range.

By using the 900 megahertz spectrum, the distance at which IoT (opens in new tab)devices can be controlled increases, and the energy needed to run the network – decreases.

“People don’t even realize yet how important that intermediate range is going to be, for things like lights in your yard, controlling your lights on your sidewalk in the street,” said Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, during Amazon’s annual Alexa devices launch in Seattle.

The network protocol is scheduled to be published soon, allowing developers to build new products on it. According to Amazon, Sidewalk was being tested in Los Angeles, but we don’t know when it may be released for commercial use.

Amazon said that it plans on releasing a pet tracker next year as a reference design for developers that can use the network to alert the owner if their pet moves out of a certain radius.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.