LoRa and TraceME, an ideal match

LoRa is a wireless technology that has been specially developed to exchange small amounts of data between objects and systems. It is a cost-effective solution for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Benefits of LoRa:
  • Large telecom companies (e.q. KPN, Orange) are rolling out LoRa networks worldwide.
  • It uses 868MHz/915MHz ISM bands, which is available worldwide.
  • Long-range, energy-efficient, robust, scalable and mobile two-way communication (typical 10-15 km).
  • Low power autonomous operation (10-15 years battery life).
  • The LoRa network can determine the position of a device with an accuracy of 50 to 150 m.
  • Thousands of nodes connect to a single gateway.
  • You can set up your own network or use a commercially/publicly available one.

LoRa applications:

The applications where LPWAN's are applicable are endless, but if you look at the main applications driving the current network deployments it is: intelligent building, supply chain, smart city and agriculture. The main IoT applications for LPWA technology need a long battery life to enable 'fit and forget' or disposable end devices, a low-cost sensor and long-range connectivity.

The LoRaWAN technology has been designed to respond to use cases where a sensor communicates small amounts of data a few times a day. It is well suited for smart meters, trackers, ‘comfort’ sensors etc. However, it is not designed to support applications that require high data rates, such as audio or video. The examples below detail several key applications of LoRaWAN:

Smart metering
  • Electricity meters
  • Gas meters
  • Water meters
  • Irrigation control
  • Environmental sensing
  • Animal tracking
  • Moisture sensing
  • Flooding sensors
Vehicle telematics
  • Traffic information
  • Traffic lights
  • Vehicle status and location
  • Motorcycles, bicycles
  • Cars
  • Shipping containers
  • Delivery service
  • Kids, pets, elderly people
  • Insurance – valuable assets
  • Find my stuff
  • Inventory tracking
Smart city
  • Street lighting
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Waste management
  • Advertising displays
  • Smart parking
  • Vending machines
  • Air pollution
  • Logistic, object tracking
  • Flooding sensors
  • Heating & air conditioning
  • Equipment status and location
  • Air pollution
  • Worker wellness
Wearables & e-Health
  • Medical wearables
  • Equipment status and location
Smart Grids
  • Fault management
  • Anti-theft solutions for cables
  • Metering
Connected home
  • Smoke detectors
  • Security systems
  • Smart appliances
  • Heating
  • Control & monitoring
  • Domotics