LoRa technology connecting energy management systems accelerating infrastructure

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Until recently, devices connected to the Internet of Things had differing characteristics in terms of deployment, connectivity and bandwidth capacity. However, as a recent post on the Cisco Blogs website reports, an emerging wireless technology looks set to accelerate both Service Provider and Smart City services.

LoRa is one of the technologies within the Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) landscape. Whereas in the past, the range of wide area connectivity technologies for M2M and IoT applications have been limited mostly to powered devices over Wi-Fi and cellular, with the growth of digital cities comes the need for long-range access; not to mention low power that is more cost-effective.

The disruptive LoRa technology has distinct advantages that makes it perfectly suited to the mass challenges of the IoT sector, and able to conquer obstacles that Wi-Fi and cellular technologies could not.

Operating on unlicensed spectrum, it enables new services relating to smart cities and the Internet of Things. It can serve both private and public infrastructure, and is particularly beneficial for securely connecting disparate corners of a city.

Using battery-powered sensor connectivity, this relatively simple technology can be deployed in a variety of applications, from water and gas metering to waste management, traffic management, smart parking and smart energy/demand response.

Cisco, a founder of LoRa Alliance, trialled the first generation of Cisco LoRa gateway back in June 2015. It continues to work with a range of partners to create a full LoRa system for vertical customers, Smart Cities and Service Providers (SPs).

Now, numerous IoT infrastructure initiatives across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US are incorporating LoRa into their strategies. In Dubai, for instance, telecom operator du collaborated with Cisco and Actility to deploy the first LoRa IoT network in the UAE, as part of its smart city framework. It was initially applied to assist with asset tracking, smoke detection and environmental monitoring, sharing useful information in real time.

Thanks to its certification programme, open specifications and advancing eco-system, LoRa facilitates new services for both private (eg. Smart City, Utilities) and public (SP) solutions.

Examples of applications for LoRa and the IoT

Energy and fluids management, with, for example, temperature monitoring to run climate control systems inside a building, or take water and electricity meter readings.

Lower cost device tracking, to optimise corporate logistics.

AVReporter Energy Management Software and LoRa compliment each other perfectly

Compared to classic PLC and Mesh RF/GPRS communication technologies, LoRaWAN™ compatible control systems can cost-efficiently manage, with only one RF base station, up to 20.000 streetlight controllers or other IoT/M2M applications in a range of up to 15 km (depending on urban density and specific communication bandwidth requirements). Practically, you can have a functioning streetlight control system in weeks, with no civil works and a minimum amount of deployment effort.

As the diversity of IoT solutions grows and the value of data rises, every IoT application will require suitable connectivity. 

Cloud technology, and highly developed sensor systems, the Internet of Things is on the verge of another significant breakthrough. The tasks of AVReporter Energy Management Software like the collection, processing and application of data makes everything ‘smart’, be it manufacturing plants, or even entire infrastructure complexes.

For connection purposes there are many different technology available for example cable and mobile networks such as 2G, 3G, and 4G, radio and TV signals, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Long Range (LoRa) Low Frequency.

Optimised connectivity requires developers and providers to critically examine each type of connection and find out which suits them best. Use cases are individual situations requiring their own solution, based on functional requirements such as bandwidth, location, environment, transactional volume and many more.   

LoRa and energy management

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