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All You Need to Know About LoRa Edge™

Posted by Sree Durbha on Jun 2, 2021 12:00:00 PM

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As you probably know, LoRa Edge™ is an ultra-low power platform that integrates a long range LoRa® transceiver, multi-constellation scanner, and passive Wi-Fi AP MAC address scanner targeting GNSS asset management applications. Additionally, the LoRa Edge LR1110 solution uses Semtech’s LoRa Cloud™ geolocation capabilities to significantly reduce power consumption by determining asset location in a Cloud-based solver.

LoRa Edge and the LoRaWAN® infrastructure

LoRa Edge and the LoRaWAN® infrastructure

A wealth of information about the LoRa Edge portfolio of products is available. Here, we’re packaging it all up in one place to make finding what you need easier.

Note: To make sure you can access all of the content referenced here, make sure to create an account on both the LoRa Developer Portal and the LoRa Cloud Portal.


LoRa Edge Hardware

The term “LoRa Edge hardware” applies to all devices and gateways built on the LR111x chipset. This category of content includes the following items:

Content

Description

Product page

Product Overview

Data Sheet

Technical Specifications

User Manual

Product features and instructions

Distributor Catalog

Suppliers and inventory levels

LoRa Edge LR1110 Driver (GitHub)

An implementation (in C) of the driver for the LR1110 radio component

LoRa Edge LR1110 Modem Driver (GitHub)

An implementation (in C) of the drivers for the LR1110. (LoRa Basics Modem-E)

LR1110 Modem Application Example (GitHub)

An example of the LR1110 modem demo application

LR1110 Updater Tool (GitHub)

An implementation example of the flash memory update mechanism available in the LR1110 radio. It can convert the LR1110 from a transceiver to a LoRa Basics Modem-E and back.

PCB Design Review Service

A service intended to facilitate development of your PCBs, to ensure that your devices function properly and can achieve the best RF performance.

Multi-band Antennas for LoRa Edge

A multi-band antenna design integration example for LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design.

 

LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design

LoRa Edge Asset Tracker Reference DesignThe LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design features Semtech's LoRa Edge LR1110, is pre-programmed with LoRa Basics Modem-E, and is ready to connect to Semtech’s LoRa Cloud Geolocation and Device & Application Services. It is configured for the 915MHz frequency band for North America, or the 868MHz frequency band for Europe. The LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design is LoRaWAN CertifiedCM.

The following table provides links to the content relevant to the LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design.

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Content

Description

LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design (Europe)

Product overview for Europe (868Mhz)

Design Files for LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design (Europe)

Design files specific to Europe (868Mhz)

LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design (N. America)

Product overview for North America (915Mhz)

Design Files for LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design (N. America)

Design files specific to North America (915Mhz)

LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design User Guide

Instructions for setting up the LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design with a network server and for how to integrate it with the associated mobile app (LoRa Edge Config)

 

LoRa Edge™ Asset Tracking Evaluation Kit

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Semtech’s advanced LoRa Edge chipset is bundled with Actility’s network server, which is built on the LoRaWAN® standard, and its ThingPark IoT management platform. It is also bundled with TagoIO’s application server as part of the complete Asset Management Evaluation Kit. This evaluation kit enables solution providers and system integrators with a complete solution to quickly evaluate the Semtech LoRa Edge LR1110 and LoRa Cloud services for their asset management solutions.

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Content

Description

Asset Tracking Evaluation Kit

ThingPark Market, by Actility; source for purchasing the LoRa Edge Asset Tracking Evaluation Kit

Quick start guide for the Asset Tracking Evaluation Kit

Step-by-step guide to help you quickly get your evaluation kit up and functional

Asset Tracking Evaluation Kit User Guide

In-depth guide to help you work with your evaluation kit to determine how it can benefit your solution

Build an End-to-End Solution Using the LoRaWAN Protocol and LoRa Edge LR1110

Hands-on end-to-end walk through for building an asset tracking solution with the LoRa Edge LR1110

LoRa Edge™ Asset Management Platform

How the LoRa Basics Modem, LoRa Edge Asset Management Platform, and Semtech Cloud Services function together to create an asset tracking solution for the IoT.

 

LoRa Edge™ Development Kit

image-png-May-24-2021-04-53-09-11-PMThis kit features Semtech's LoRa Edge LR1110 and comes configured for the 915MHz frequency band for North America, the 868MHz band for Europe, or the 490MHz band for China and Asia. The LR1110 is an ultra-low power platform that integrates a LoRa transceiver, a multi-constellation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) scanner and a passive Wi-Fi AP MAC scanner. The LR1110 is able to achieve very low energy and quickly locate devices by offloading the time-intensive and compute-intensive geolocation solver operation to the LoRa Cloud services, which are used in conjunction with LR1110 devices and integrated via your network server.

Content

Description

LR 1110 Developer Kits

List of orderable LoRa Developer Kits—Use the filters to get a list of developer kits built on the LR1110 chipset and available in Europe, North America, and China/Asia.

LR 1110 Development Kit design files (Europe/N. America)

The design files provide schematic, layout and BOM collateral for the evaluation kits created for Europe and North America regions.

LR1110 Development Kit design files

(China/Asia)

The design files provide schematic, layout and BOM collateral for the evaluation kits created for the China and Asia regions.

LR1110 Developer Kit Demo Application (GitHub)

This application demonstrates the geolocation capabilities of the LR1110 Transceiver and LoRa Basics Modem-E

AN1200.55 LR1110 Geolocation Demo User Guide

User guide for the LR1110 demo application

Semtech Distributor Catalog

Check the catalog to find distributors for the LR1110 Developer Kits.

 

Software: LoRa Basics™ Modem-E

LoRa Basics Modem-E is an embedded software programmed inside the LR1110. It supports the LoRaWAN standard modem stack, along with application layer functions and APIs you can use to interact with the LoRa Cloud Geolocation and LoRa Cloud Device & Application Services. For more information, we recommend you check out the LoRa Developer Portal and join the community. From there, you can check out the following:

Content

Description

LoRa Basics Modem-E Video-

Watch a quick video to get to know LoRa Basics Modem-E

LoRa Basics Modem-E Infographic

Download the infographic to explore the new capabilities to optimize your asset management applications featuring LoRa Edge and provide a range of new functionalities

LoRa Basics Modem-E Walkthrough

Get started with LoRa Basics Modem-E

Understanding LoRa Basics Modem-E

Read the technical paper for a deep-dive into how LoRa Basics Modem-E works, and how to take advantage of it.

LoRa Basics Modem-E Reference Manual (PDF)

Learn how to use the LoRa Basics Modem-E in an application.

LoRa Cloud Device Join Service

Learn how to connect your LoRa Basics Modem-E to a LoRaWAN network server.

LoRa Basics Modem-E: Command Tool (GitHub)

Learn how to use the LoRa Basics Modem-E command tool.

Node-RED Application Server

Get the Node-RED application server. This runs as the LoRaWAN network application server for the modem and helps connect it to LoRa Cloud.

Application Server: Node-RED Walk-through

Learn how to install and configure Node-RED

LR1110 Modem Demo Application (GitHub)

This application project contains several simple examples that highlight the features of the LR1110 modem.

LoRa Basics Modem-E: Drivers (GitHub)

An implementation (in C) of the LR1110 modem drivers

 

LoRa Cloud Device & Application Services

The LoRa Cloud Device & Application Services are designed to complement LoRaWAN end devices, to make integration and comprehensive management seamless, using a simple API integration. Key features of the LoRa Cloud Device & Application Services feature-set include:

  • Automated device status reporting (energy management and performance)
  • Clock synchronization (for event triggering and reporting)
  • Packet loss protection and error correction

For more information, create an account on the LoRa Cloud Portal, and check out these resources:

Content

Description

LoRa Cloud Device & Application Services

Instructions for getting started with these device management services that support geolocation for modem-based devices

LoRa Cloud Device Join Walk-through

Join your LoRa devices to a LoRaWAN network and claim pre-provisioned modem devices.

Getting Started with the LoRa Cloud™ Geolocation Service

Learn how to use the LoRa Cloud Geolocation service with gateways and transceiver-based devices.

Semtech Network Server

Log in or create an account to connect up to three gateways and 10 devices to a LoRaWAN network server for free.

 

Summary

Here, we have provided a condensed guide to the wealth of resources, from data sheets to user guides and hands-on walkthroughs of the versatile LoRa Edge asset management platform. These are all available to help you start with our evaluation kit and/or tracker reference design and become familiar with the end-to-end capabilities of the hardware, software and Cloud services underpinning the platform as an inspiration and foundation for your own commercial products built on LoRa Edge.

 

 

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LoRaWAN® is a mark, and LoRaWAN CertifiedCM is a Certification mark from the LoRa Alliance®.

Topics: LoRa Edge, LoRaWAN