The existing Lorawan Community Centre and the Open Collaborative Network provide solutions to facilitate the use of Lorawan by allowing users to use existing gateways to transfer their messages to and from newly added gateways to Lorawan. The LNS (Lorawan Network Server) processes packets received by multiple wireless network gateways and forwards them to multiple IoT gateway application servers via a secure connection.
Communication between terminal and gateway takes place via different frequency channels and data rates. LORA gateway is a wireless communication network for IoT solutions that allows messages to be transmitted between devices. Designed for wireless and battery-powered devices, LORA addresses IoT requirements such as secure bidirectional communications, mobility, localization services, regional, national, and global networks. Devices using Lora can be connected to both IoT and NB-IoT networks.
With a range of up to one mile, the ability to integrate into mesh networks of interconnected routers, from small communities to large cities, will increase coverage of fewer devices. A Lorawan router in your living room can provide IoT connectivity to all the powerful devices in your home and improve an important part of your daily life.
The mission of LORA Alliances is to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) that can be used worldwide to enable the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) in smart cities and industrial applications. Millions of IoT devices have the Lorawan protocol and are connected to an ever-growing 5G network, which complements Lorawan networks with network technologies for backhaul, data gateways, remote areas, cloud and head-end systems.
Loran MAC (Media Access Control Protocol) is the system architecture for the Lora network. Lora gateway is an open technology standardized by LORA Alliance and designed for the low-power, wide area networks needed to operate IoT on unlicensed frequencies, ensuring global interoperability and high scalability.
Backhaul gateways use Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks to communicate with sensors and devices via Ethernet, Wi-Fi and mobile to connect with the cloud and route data back and forth. Lora gateways have a sophisticated software architecture that was developed for communication over the Lora network, in this terminology.
LORA devices are also cheaper to manufacture than devices with a mobile network connection. This means zero data costs for devices connected to the proprietary LORA network.
Because of Lora devices’ long-range, low performance and long battery life, sensors in production facilities can transmit critical data using the Lorawan Open Protocol Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) protocol to allow network-critical data to be analyzed and business operations to be optimized. Some Lora operations can be carried out on other Lora networks, and this is beneficial in commercial and defence use cases, while other open operations can be built on existing Lora communities.
Since 2015, Lorawan has developed a wide range of sensors and devices Lorawan. Today, Lorawan protocol has proven to be a royalty-free non-cellular LPWA network technology that can address massive vertical IoT markets such as smart meters, smart cities, asset tracking, logistics, commercial buildings, automation, smart homes and other key vertical IoT markets. ABI Research has discovered that Lorawan is the leading licensed Low Power Wide Area network technology to address these massive vertical markets including meters, cities, asset tracking/logistics, business and building automation and homes.
An alternative technology that offers flexible, cost-effective power and bandwidth options for IoT deployment in production facilities are LORA devices and cloud platforms for applications that require long reach and low performance. Semtech’s Lora devices from the communication layer for the Lorawan protocol which is maintained by the Lora Alliance (Open IoT Alliance of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) applications to deploy IoT networks in over 100 countries. Download Lorawan multi-run architecture to connect the next billion IoT devices to learn more, visit the Semtech Network Technology Comparison infographic.
With more than one billion mobile IoT connections worldwide, new low-power technologies like the LORA network will drive growth in areas such as smart cities, smart buildings, supply chains and agriculture. LORA’s global coverage offers compelling benefits such as lower data, hardware, and maintenance costs.
ABI Research estimates that LORA will by 2026 be the leading non-cellular LPWA network technology, accounting for more than half of all non-cellular LPWA connections. As the name suggests, LORA’s long-distance transmission capacities and reduced power consumption, together with WAN, make it a major player in IoT solutions.
The future of IoT connectivity requires flexible solutions that address a variety of IoT devices. As more and more IoT devices enter manufacturing facilities, 5G networks will complement existing solutions such as LORA enabled Wi-Fi and BLE to access network technologies for backhaul, data gateways, remote areas, cloud and headend systems. National and far-reaching networks will focus on IoT applications such as critical infrastructure, confidential personal data, critical functions in society and specific needs for secure communication.
Manufacturers of IoT devices (OEMs) can achieve faster time-to-market by using existing reference design policies proposed by manufacturers based on their expertise in IoT and Lorawan networks, embedded Lorawan and IoT solutions or connectivity and best design practices to optimize sensor and device connections and data transmission over IoT networks. You can also use the global and regional specifications and parameters of the LORA Alliance and the Lora Alliance certification program to develop IoT sensors and terminals for connecting to IoT Lorawans networks.