Long Range IoT

What is LoRa?

LoRa stands for Long Range and is a low-power wide-area network protocol. LoRa enables long-range transmissions of more than 10km with a low power consumption.

As LoRa is just the technology and needs a data protocol to work, it is also often called by the protocol's name, e.g. LoRaWAN.

What do I need to use LoRa?

A basic LoRa system does not need much to work. You will need the following equipment: End-node devices, a gateway,  a server and optionally a graphic user interface.

LoRa setup diagram

How does LoRa work?

The end-node devices, for example sensors, are connected to a gateway to transfer data. When the device records data and transmits the data to the gateway it is connected to, which then forwards the data packets to a centralized network server. The server then can visualize the received data in an interface.

What are the use cases?

LoRa can be used for everything that needs regularly updated data but in time intervals. Example use cases are parking lots, ground moisture tracking, landslide alarm systems or container tracking systems.

You can use a wired or mobile internet connection to transfer the data, so LoRa can be used in cities and in rural areas!