The more we talk about the Internet of Things, the more we have to talk about it. Is that your impression too? We have already covered important topics here on the blog such as security, distributed computingand thes impacts of 5G on this technology. And now we would like to talk a little bit about LoRaWAN.
If you are a developer who stays tuned for news, this is a term that has appeared a lot in research and articles. LoRaWAN is nothing more than a communication protocol and system architecture that enables long-distance communication. The difference is that this data exchange consumes little battery compared to traditional networks – with LoRaWAN, a device can have a useful life of up to 10 years.
It is also worth remembering that LoRaWAN is a technology that was developed for the Internet of Things. In other words, it is different from a WiFi network, for example, which is a legacy technology for IoT projects.
LoRaWAN will probably not replace current technologies, but it has very specific applications that can leverage the results of an IoT project, as is the case, for example, in agribusiness. As in most use cases in this sector, access to energy is not easy and recurrent, humidity, temperature and soil sensors need to have battery autonomy above normal.
A little more context about LoRaWAN
To better understand LoRaWAN, we need to step back and talk about LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technologies that have three important attributes for implementing IoT projects: large reach, low device power consumption, and low cost.
Of the various LPWAN technologies, some have great opportunities in the Brazilian scenario:
- SIGFOX:a global network operator focused on delivering small messages securely, reliably and with low energy consumption.
- NB-IoT e LTE-M:LPWAN technologies designed to be implemented by mobile operators.
- LoRaWAN: used by both operators and private networks.
With these three items in mind, it is worth remembering that the adoption of LPWA technologies is still being carried out by mobile operators. For now, many companies are already opting for LoRaWAN, which offers much more design autonomy – without relying on operators to create their own low-power IoT network.
Similar to cloud computing, LoraWAN can also be a private or public network. In the case of the latter, there are companies focused on providing LoRaWAN networks with antennas distributed throughout Brazil – which greatly facilitates an IoT project since the network is already built.
EUGENIO, a neutral LoRaWAN-ready platform
We developed EUGENIO to standardize and work with the most diverse types of data and networks. Our neutral platform is ready for IoT projects in LoRaWAN. With EUGENIO, you’ll be able to get LoRaWAN projects up and running smoothly and transmit data from “things” without worrying about battery consumption, data integrity and security. If you want to know more about our platform, check out this article.