Tech Journal

Acklio Enables IoT Convergence with Static Context Header Compression

Posted by Matthieu Brient on Dec 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Static Context Header Compression (SCHC) is a compression and fragmentation mechanism that enables the use of internet protocols over low power, wide area networks (LPWAN).

Resulting from the common work carried out by Acklio and IMT Atlantique, SCHC opens new horizons for the Internet of Things (IoT) and accelerates LoRaWAN® adoption. Historically, most Internet standards were too complex for LPWAN environments. IoT technologies and use cases were not interoperable and it was challenging to integrate them with existing architectures.

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Tags: LoRa, LoRa Developers

Analyzing NB IoT and LoRaWAN® Sensor Battery Life

Posted by Hardy Schmidbauer on Nov 25, 2019 12:00:00 AM

Consider licensed low power wide area networks (LPWANs), such as NB-IoT, and unlicensed LPWANs, such as LoRaWAN®. LoRaWAN is optimal for long battery lifetime, and for devices that are low cost and only need to send small amounts of data a few times per hour. For its part, NB-IoT is optimal for sending larger packets, guaranteeing downlink latency and guaranteeing a quality of service with the licensed band spectrum. Due to these characteristics, NB-IoT is suited for critical Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, while LoRaWAN is perfect for the volume of IoT (even massive IoT) use cases, because most IoT use cases need low cost devices with a long battery lifetime to achieve an attractive return on . (For a more in-depth comparison of LoRaWAN and NB-IoT, take a moment to read 10 Things About LoRaWAN & NB-IoT.)

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Tags: Power Management, LoRa Developers

LoRa® Developer Portal: Crossword Corner for November 2019

Posted by Katy Koenen on Nov 19, 2019 1:30:40 PM

Welcome, once again, to the LoRa Developer Crossword Corner. Last month we focused on the LoRa Basics™ Station. This month, the Crossword Corner takes a step back to review the fundamentals of LoRa® and LoRaWAN.

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LoRa® Boot Camp: Creating a Beer Coaster

Posted by Loren Geilen on Nov 18, 2019 12:00:00 AM

On October 24th, 2019, Semtech hosted a LoRa boot camp in conjunction with Comcast, MachineQ, Murata, RF Laboratories, and SolderWorks. SolderWorks, a diversely experienced hardware and software engineering firm, developed a way to monitor real-time fermentation data using LoRa-based devices. By brewing a special in-house “LoRa® Boot Camp IPA” that provided a unique way to test the LoRa Boot Camp IPA Coaster, the boot camp sponsors were able to demonstrate a potential use case and value proposition of LoRa devices and the open LoRaWAN protocol.

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Tags: LoRa, LoRa Developers, Smart Sensing, Internet of Things

LoRa® Developer Portal: Crossword Corner for October 2019

Posted by Katy Koenen on Oct 7, 2019 9:15:15 AM

Welcome to the October 2019 edition of our Crossword Corner.

Last month we focused on one of Semtech’s new tools: LoRa Basics™ MAC. This month we want to turn your attention to another: LoRa Basics™ Station.

LoRa Basics Station is a LoRa® packet forwarder, that is, a program that runs on the host of a LoRa-based gateway (with or without GPS), forwarding RF packets received by the concentrator (uplinks) to a LoRaWAN® Network Server (LNS) through a secured IP link. It also transmits RF packets sent by the LNS (downlinks) through the same secured IP to some device. Furthermore, it may transmit (potentially network-wide) GPS-synchronous beacon signals used for time coordinating devices within the network.

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The Internet of Things and the Free LoRaWAN Academy™

Posted by Katy Koenen on Sep 18, 2019 12:00:00 AM

It is no secret that there are a great many ways that businesses can benefit from connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT). Already, there are a number of solutions deployed in the real world that are making a difference in such diverse fields as smart agriculture, smart cities, smart buildings, and the tracking of both domestic and wild animals.

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Tags: LoRa, LoRa Developers, LoRaWAN Academy

Understanding the LoRaWAN® Architecture

Posted by Katy Koenen on Sep 9, 2019 2:28:26 AM

 

LoRaWAN® networks primarily use the Aloha method for communication between end devices and their associated network servers. Using the Aloha method, end devices send data through a gateway to the network server only when one or more of their sensors notice a particular change in their environment or when some other event is triggered, such as a timer expiring. After the end device sends the uplink, it “listens” for a message from the network one and two seconds after the uplink before going back to sleep.
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Tags: LoRa Developers, LoRaWAN Academy

Introducing the LoRa® Developers’ Crossword Corner

Posted by Katy Koenen on Sep 5, 2019 7:21:44 AM

Need a quick break from delving deep into building your LoRa®-based IoT solutions? We have just the thing for you. This month we are introducing the LoRa Developers’ Crossword Corner. Each month we will offer a diversion in the form of a quick crossword puzzle. The solutions will be published with the following month’s puzzle.

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Tags: LoRa Developers

Farming to Food Safety: How LoRa®-based Technologies are Changing Agriculture

Posted by Katy Koenen on Aug 21, 2019 6:24:19 AM

This week we’re exploring some of the ways that LoRa-based devices and LoRaWAN® networks are at work in the food chain.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is constantly expanding its reach. We’re getting accustomed to the notion of smart buildings and smart cities, but smart agriculture may not be top of mind when we think of the IoT. Nevertheless, farmers are quickly adopting IoT and LPWAN technologies – particularly solutions based on the LoRaWAN protocol – to great effect.

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Tags: LoRa Developers, Smart Agriculture

Announcing availability of workshop videos for LoRa Basics™ MAC and LoRa Basics™ Station

Posted by Katy Koenen on Aug 20, 2019 9:14:17 AM

LoRa Basics™ MAC and LoRa Basics™ Station are tools designed for developers creating LoRaWAN®-based solutions. LoRa Basics MAC is a portable implementation of the LoRa Alliance® LoRaWAN specification in the C programming language. LoRa Basics MAC supports multiple regions, selectable at compile and/or run-time, and supports Class A, Class B and Class C devices. LoRa Basics Station is an implementation of a LoRa® packet forwarder, which can be remotely managed by a Configuration and Update Server (CUPS) at regular intervals to obtain configuration, system and firmware updates.

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