Let’s start with - What is LoRa Technology?
Imagine if you are in office and forgot to turn off your home electronic appliances such as television or lights. And you are so far away that even WiFi or Bluetooth connected devices cannot help you. That’s where LoRa comes into the picture!
It is a Long Range, low data rate and low power wireless platform technology for developing IoT network protocols. This Radio Frequency (RF) modulation technology is acquired by Semtech - a US-based chip company, from the French startup - Cycleo. The need for an extended range in operations led to the incorporation of this technique in expanding the industrial and smart home automation market.
What are the Features of LoRa?
1. Long-Range: When situated at a single base station, LoRa can penetrate data deeply even in densely populated urban regions and indoor areas. It also connects rural areas of up to 48-50 kilometres.
2. High-Capacity: It is ideal for public network operators who serve multiple customers because it supports the exchange of millions of data/messages per base station.
3. Security: It comes embedded with an end-to-end AES-128 (Advanced Encryption Standard) mechanism.
4. Standardization: LoRa is developed with global standards to improve speed adoption and interoperability in IoT applications and LoRaWAN-based networks.
5. Low Power: The protocols are designed for low power consumption which extends the battery life of a device for up to 20 years.
6. Low Cost: It reduces three types of costs - infrastructure investment, operating expenses and end-node sensors cost. LoRa can be plugged into existing infrastructure and signals solutions to serve battery-operated IoT applications.
What are the Uses of LoRa Technology?
1. IoT Applications: Projects, solutions and deployments of IoT need more than the connected physical devices and the data that they sense or capture. Assets such as consumer IoT, enterprise IoT and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) need LoRa to communicate about their internal state and/or external environment.
2. Home Automation: With the element of long-distance, LoRa helps in outdoor smart home applications. You can open your garage door, or turn off electronics or detect a suspicious activity when further away from home, using smart-enabled devices.
3. Smart City Applications: LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) is a key player in planning smart city infrastructure. It can be included in smart parking, logistics, digital transformation projects, traffic, farming, smart metering, smart waste management, security applications, mining, and other IIoT domains like manufacturing.
If you’re curious about the use and benefits of LoRa technology in Tigon smart-enabled devices and home automation meters, feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact us on 1800 102 3271.