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All You Need to Know About the LoRa Edge™ Asset Management Platform

Posted by Katy Koenen on Sep 29, 2021 12:00:00 AM

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An innovative software and hardware solution designed to enable cost-effective and energy-efficient asset tracking and management solutions, the LoRa Edge™ asset management platform addresses a wide variety of use cases and scenarios, thanks to the versatile and configurable components that make up the system. Furthermore, it uses Semtech’s LoRa Cloud™ geolocation capabilities to significantly reduce power consumption by determining asset locations in a cloud-based solver.

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

A wealth of information about the LoRa Edge asset management platform 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 Basics™ Modem and LoRa Edge™

The LoRa Basics™ Modem products and the LoRa Edge™ Asset Management Platform let your Internet of Things (IoT) devices built with LoRa® chipsets easily communicate with Semtech’s LoRa Cloud™ services.

Content

Description

Overview - LoRa Edge™ Asset Management Platform

Background, prerequisites, dependencies, and example use cases

Glossary

Definitions of common terms

Product Page

LoRa Edge Asset Management Platform product details

LoRa Edge Brochure

General LoRa Edge product information.

LoRa Edge LR1110 Datasheet

Detailed product information for the LR1110 low power Wi-Fi/GNSS scanner + LoRa transceiver

LoRa Basics Modem-E Reference Manual

Information on how to use the LoRa Basics Modem-E in an application. This information is specific to those aspects of the LoRa Basics Modem-E that are not available to the LR1110 used as an RF transceiver.

LR1110 User Manual

Provides complete information on how to use the LR1110 in an application. Covers both hardware and software. For a definition of the LR1110 functionality and circuit specifications, see the LoRa Edge LR1110 datasheet.

AN1200.55 LR1110 Geolocation Demo User Guide

Describes the features and constituents of the geolocation demo application for the transceiver use case of the LoRa Edge LR1110

AN1200.56 LR1110 Evaluation Kit

Explains the functionalities of the LR1110 Evaluation Kit, provides a deep description of the LR1110 reference design and provides guidance for a successful implementation of the LR1110 device in an end application

AN1200.57 LR1110 Program Memory Update

Describes the process for upgrading any LR1110 from a transceiver to a modem. This process is also valid for updating the LR1110 from a modem to a transceiver.

AN1200.59 Application Note for Selecting the Optimal Clock

Highlight the pros and cons of using a crystal and a TCXO, and provides guidance on the optimal clock source for a given hardware and application

LoRaWAN® Specification v1.0.3

Protocol standards document defining the technical implementation details for the LoRaWAN low power wide area system designed to connect wireless “things” to the Internet

All You Need to Know About LoRa Edge™

A compendium of resources related to LoRa Edge and the LR1110 chipset

 

 

LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design

LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design

The 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.

Content

Description

LoRa Edge™ Tracker Reference Design, LR1110, 868 MHz for 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, LR1110, 915 MHz for North America

Product overview for North America (915Mhz)

Design Files for LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design (North 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

LoRa Edge Asset Tracking Evaluation KitSemtech’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.

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 LoRa Cloud services function together to create an asset tracking solution for the IoT.

 

LoRa Edge Development Kit

This 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

Figure 4: LoRa Edge Development Kit

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

Development Kit, LR1110, 915MHz for North America

This development kit features Semtech's LoRa Edge LR1110 and is configured for the 915MHz frequency band for North America.

Development Kit, LR1110, 868MHz for Europe

This evaluation kit features Semtech's LoRa Edge LR1110 and is configured for the 868MHz frequency band for Europe.

Development Kit, LR1110, 490MHz for China and Asia

This development kit features Semtech's LoRa Edge LR1110 and is configured for the 490MHz frequency band for China and Asia.

LR1110 Development Kit Design Files (Europe/North 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

Documentation from the latest LR111x Software Packet

Software packages and documentation for the LR1110 demo application

LoRa Basics Modem-E Reference Manual

Reference manual providing information on how to use the LoRa Basics Modem-E device in an application

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 Service Documentation

The join server in a LoRaWAN network manages the over-the-air activation process used to add end devices to the network. It contains the data necessary for processing uplink join request frames and for generating the downlink join accept frames.

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

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

 

Summary

This article provides a condensed guide to the wealth of resources, from datasheets to user guides and hands-on walk-throughs 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 the LoRa Edge platform.

 

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