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E-Commerce giant Amazon revealed more information about its low-bandwidth Sidewalk network, saying it aims to create a distributed localized Internet of Things (IoT) network, by connecting smart devices inside and even outside the home.

Sidewalk will use consumers’ in-home Wi-Fi bandwidth coming from AmazonEcho smart devices, Ring Floodlight Cams, and Ring Spotlight Cams to connect devices across long distances (as great as half a mile), which will boost connectivity in a way that extends well “beyond your front door,” Amazon said in a statement.

Sidewalk will extend the low bandwidth working range of such devices, with bandwidth sharing across neighbors representing a “network of networks” that will help devices stay online.

In terms of potential use cases for Sidewalk, the enhanced connectivity would allow users to find lost keys or other items, or to manage appliances while away from home but still local.

Research Director Jonathan Collins of ABI Research said during an interview with Cities Today, that Amazon Sidewalk “has the potential to deliver low-cost, low-data, citywide mesh connectivity. It could certainly benefit from adoption within smart-city projects. For example, integrating Sidewalk into parking meters would bring low-cost network access for the city, but it will also provide more mesh nodes to strengthen network coverage and capacity.”


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