Tech Journal

LoRaWAN® and Wi-Fi: A Win-Win Combination

Posted by Remi Lorrain on Nov 18, 2020 11:14:09 AM

What do you get when you combine the LoRaWAN®  protocol with Wi-Fi? A cost-effective approach to an Internet of Things (IoT) network deployment that offers significant opportunity for Wi-Fi providers and IoT developers. By employing a network mutualization scheme combining the LoRaWAN protocol and Wi-Fi connectivity, Wi-Fi providers can expand their business to provide coverage for both broadband applications and massive IoT deployments that leverage the (free) unlicensed radio spectrum.

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Tags: LoRaWAN Deployment, LoRaWAN

New LoRaWAN® TS1-1.0.4 Spec Released

Posted by Katy Koenen on Nov 18, 2020 12:00:00 AM

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The LoRa Alliance® is a global association responsible for designing,  promoting and certifying devices for the open LoRaWAN networking standard for low power, wide area networks (LPWANs).  LoRaWAN is an open networking protocol that delivers highly secure bi-directional communication, mobility and localization features used for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. LoRaWAN networks operate in the unlicensed portion of the RF spectrum. People and companies broadcasting using this portion of the spectrum do not need a license from a governmental body to do so. With 148 LoRaWAN network operators in 162 countries, LoRaWAN networks account for more than one third of all LPWAN deployments in the world, according to industry research firm IoT Analytics.

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Tags: LoRaWAN

Expert Series: Testing Devices Featuring LoRa® [How To]

Posted by Sebastien Lebreton on Nov 9, 2020 12:00:00 AM

Sebastien Lebreton, Principal Applications Engineer at Semtech, has been building and testing devices  featuring LoRa® chips for eight years. An expert in the field, he has been working with wireless technologies since 2001, and has regularly been called upon to teach engineers across the LoRa developer ecosystem how to be successful in this arena.


Over the years, I have explained how to test devices with LoRa® chipsets a dozen times or more during seminars, workshops and in informal meetings with customers. The need to write and publish these recommendations for the benefit of the industry has become more than apparent. So, sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee and read on.

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Tags: LoRa, LoRa Developers, LoRaWAN, LoRa Testing

New Official Communication Profile For Running DLMS Standard Over LoRaWAN®

Posted by Rémi Demerlé on Oct 12, 2020 12:00:00 AM

DLMS is the suite of standards developed and maintained by the Device Language Message Specification User Association (DLMS UA). The DLMS UA is an international and non-profit organization driving utilities and meter manufacturers to develop and support a common standard for data exchanges when it comes to smart metering. The DLMS suite supports a variety of wired and wireless communication standards, such as Cellular, PLC, Zigbee, WMBus, and Prime-PLC. DLMS has the flexibility to offer an application layer that is independent from the media layer, enabling the use of a single application over any of the supported communication technologies – or even a mix of them. For its part, the DLMS UA is now extending adoption to new markets and applications (such as private EV charging station and monitoring of smart infrastructure for electricity, gas and water) demanding a standardized data model and available application layer to enable more intelligent and interoperable devices.

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Tags: LoRaWAN

GreenCityzen Deploys LoRaWAN® Network for Water Distribution in Africa

Posted by Ines Alibou, The Things Industries on Sep 7, 2020 12:00:00 AM

In partnership with the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Things Network, French start-up GreenCityzen is using LoRa®-based devices and deploying a LoRaWAN® network to provide an end-to-end solution to secure clean drinking water for refugee camps in Africa.

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Tags: LoRaWAN Deployment, LoRaWAN

Making the World a Better Place: #IoTforGood Contest Winners

Posted by Katy Koenen on Sep 1, 2020 12:00:00 AM

As you may recall, in May of this year Helium, Semtech, Arm, STMicroelectronics, and the global developer community at Hackster.io teamed up to give developers a little extra incentive build LoRa®-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications using connected devices designed to make the world a better place.

Overall, there were 335 registrants, contributing a total of 46 qualified contest entries, covering a variety of themes, such as:
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Tags: LoRa Developers, Internet of Things, IoT, LoRaWAN

The Choice Is Yours: New Proof-of-Concept Kits

Posted by Steven Hegenderfer on Aug 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM

 

Semtech Proof-of-Concept Kits

The Semtech Smart Building and Asset Tracking Kits have been designed so that the value provided by LoRaWAN® in the smart building and asset tracking spaces can be easily validated by customers who need to quickly demonstrate the value of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in these verticals.

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Tags: LoRa, LPWAN, Asset Tracking, Smart Buildings, LoRaWAN