LoRa RF technology integrated into LPWAN measuring devices

13th May 2016
Posted By : Nat Bowers
LoRa RF technology integrated into LPWAN measuring devices

Semtech has revealed that Zenner will integrate LoRa RF technology into their water, heat, gas, smoke and electricity measuring devices being deployed in LPWANs (Low Power, Wide Area Networks) globally. By using LoRa RF technology and following the LoRaWAN specification, which is standardised by the LoRa Alliance, Zenner will give its customers the ability to easily integrate its platforms into existing LoRaWAN networks.

LoRa RF technology will automate the meter reading process by transmitting data directly to deployed LoRa gateways or network infrastructure. LPWANs will reduce the overall costs and allow for more frequent and efficient meter monitoring. It will also allow hard to access meters, such as those in shafts or metal enclosures or deep underground, to be monitored remotely.

LoRa RF technology is a bidirectional wireless communication solution designed to specifically cater to IoT, M2M and smart city network infrastructure. The low power, long range technology enables large LPWANs and is able to support millions of end-user devices. Other features, including long battery life and strong security, make LoRa ideal for a diverse range of applications in addition to metering, including smart buildings and appliances, security, asset tracking, healthcare, agriculture and more.

Alexander Lehmann, Managing Director, Zenner, commented: “Communication with LoRaWAN means that meters and sensors for IoT can be read more often, faster and at a lower cost. Up until now, meters were complicated and expensive to read remotely, but with LoRa, IoT can be realised for metering but also for many other applications.”

“Zenner is another excellent partner and use case for LoRa technology and the LoRaWAN specification. LoRaWAN has become the defacto standard for IoT and LPWAN with more than 300 members already joining the LoRa Alliance and LoRa network deployments happening globally,” added Hardy Schmidbauer, Director of Wireless Products, Wireless and Sensing Product Group, Semtech.

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