LoRa as the new standard

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Two major trends can be distinguished in the world of wireless communication: The rise of the internet of things (IoT) and the saturation of the radio frequency spectrum. In our increasingly digital world, LoRa offers a possible solution to this second trend. LoRa stands for Long Range Radio Network and is highly suitable for the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT allows sensors in, for example, objects, machines and wearables to send information to a server at certain times.

What is LoRa?

The “Long Range Wide Area Network” (LoRaWan) is a specification for a telecom network and is suitable for long-range communication with low power. With LoRa, all kinds of things can talk to the Internet without having to use 3G or Wi-Fi. The major advantages of LoRa are the low power consumption and low costs. It is most suitable for simple and incidental data exchange.

When no information is being transmitted, the sensor consumes no power. This means that a LoRa battery can last up to fifteen years on two penlight batteries, making it extremely energy efficient. The range of the technology lies between 2.5 and 15 kilometers per mast and has an Internet speed of 0.3 to 50 kbit / s. This is insufficient for regular Internet traffic, but it is well suited for sending small amounts of data on a regular basis.

Internet Of Things

The IoT (internet of things) is going to take flight in a big way in the coming years. Everyone agrees on that. Crucial questions for its success are how all sensors that make up the IoT will be communicating with each other and how they will be connected. The low power consumption, low cost, wide range and large-scale network make LoRa a network that can be used successfully. For this reason, there is now a growing need for standard components to connect to the IoT via LoRa. FactoryLab has anticipated this need in both its hardware and software and provides an affordable, ready-to-use solution.

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