LoRaWAN®

Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) Networking Protocol

Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) networking protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery operated ‘things’ to the internet in regional, national or global networks, and targets key Internet of Things (IoT)
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Unlocking the Future With LoRaWAN Networks

To better address those billions of IoT devices only transmitting a megabyte of data per month, and in most cases far less, LoRaWAN® devices offer the opportunity to free industrial applications from the consumer-driven cycles of the public cellular networks by providing the stability of public or private networks designed and built specifically for machines.

These low-power wide area networks extend battery life and range and providing “good enough” connectivity for the large majority of connected device use cases.

Leveraging the Advantages of a LoRaWAN Network

LoRaWAN networks, sensors and other devices have created new opportunities across a wide range of industries and use cases. Solutions to complex challenges, such as energy management, remote patient monitoring and improving transportation, have changed dramatically in recent years. With LoRaWAN sensors, IoT devices are able to communicate more effectively than ever in remote locations that don’t have public cellular access. LoRaWAN sensors offer improved access to data and can be customized to reach the user’s network goals.

While technology is constantly improving, the increasing accessibility of LoRaWAN devices has allowed businesses to increase efficiencies, and in turn, reduce operating costs.

LoRaWAN networks and devices allow public or private single- or multi-tenant networks to connect multiple applications in the same space — coexisting to enable new IoT, M2M, smart city, sensor-network, and industrial automation applications. Leveraging a star topography, the LoRaWAN sensors communicate with gateways in the LoRaWAN network. The LoRaWAN gateways can then act as a transparent bridge relaying messages between end-devices and a central network server on the backend, which is ideal for public nationwide deployments, where gateways are connected to the network server via standard IP connections as well as for highly controlled private rollouts where security and control are essential.

Advantages of using a LoRaWAN network include:

Impressive Range

Connect devices that are up to 10 miles apart and penetrate deep into buildings in interior environments.

Low Power

LoRaWAN devices are designed to operate at low power, extending their lifespans and reducing the need for costly maintenance over time.

Mobile

LoRaWAN connections can exist between devices in motion.

Secure

The data that’s transferred between LoRaWAN devices is encrypted in order to protect its integrity, enhancing security for users.

Standardized

LoRaWAN networks have become an accepted standard for industrial IoT communications. That means you spend less time troubleshooting compatibility issues and more time implementing solutions.

Geolocation-enabled

A LoRaWAN gateway uses location data that does not rely on GPS, making it an attractive option for location-dependent applications.

Software-Enhanced

MultiTech devices are built with practicality in mind, and our powerful software allows users to get the most out of the hardware.

Cost Effective

Reduce maintenance costs and save time replacing batteries for deployed devices.

Comparison of available and future LPWA technologies:

Feature LoRaWAN    Sigfox RPMA/Ingenu LTE Cat-1 | 2016 (Rel-8) LTE Cat-M1 | 2017 (Rel13) LTE Cat-M2 NB-IoT | 2018 Rel13+
Frequency Band 433/470/780/868 /915 MHz ISM 868 /915 MHz ISM 2.4 GHz ISM Licensed Spectrum (700 MHz-2.5GHZ+) Licensed Spectrum (700 MHz-2.5GHZ+) Licensed Spectrum (700 MHz-2.5GHZ+)
Modulation DSS with Chirp UNB / GFSK - BPSK RPMA OFDMA OFDMA OFDMA
Rx bandwidth 125 - 500 KHz 100 Hz (EU) / 600 Hz (NAM) 1 MHz 20 MHz 1.4 MHz 200 KHz
Max Data Rate 293 - 50K bps 100 bps (EU) / 600 bps (NAM) / 12 / 8 bytes Max ACCESS POINT 624 kbps DL / 156 kbps  UL 10 Mbps 380 Kbps ~250 Kbps DL /   22 kbps  UL
Max. # Msgs/day Unlimited (Some operators or service providers may have limits) UL: 140 msgs/day | DL Broadcast: 4 msgs/day Undisclosed Unlimited (Single Antenna restricted as low as 200KB/day) Unknown Unknown
Max Output Power 14-30 dBm 14-22 dBm 21 dBm Up to 46 dBm 23 dBm 20 dBm
Link Budget 153-161 dB 149-161 dB 168-172 dB with diversity 140 dB+ 155 dB+ on DL 160 dB+
Communication channel Half Duplex Limited Half Duplex Half Duplex Full Duplex Half Duplex Half Duplex
Power Efficiency Very High Very High High Low Medium High
Complexity Very Low Very Low Medium High Medium High
Coexistence Yes No Undisclosed Yes Yes Yes
Mobility Yes Yes No Yes Yes Limited to idle mode