The LoRa protocol at the heart of the IoT revolution in the energy sector
Real time electricity meter readings, remote solar panel monitoring or public lighting control are just a few examples of the customised energy management that accompanies the arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT). Economic, powerful and open, LoRa (“Long Range”) radio technology is at the very centre of the new uses and applications that are emblematic of smart grids and smart cities.
Bi-directional, ultra long range and ultra accurate technology
LoRa technology belongs to low speed wireless solutions that are only for the industrial object Internet. It stands out by its ultra long range (about 15 km) reception and transmission of which the spectrum allows several million devices to be covered without the slightest difficulty. This advantage is coupled to excellent building penetration (even in cellars and basements) with a 5 to 10dB link that is better than cell phone networks, and accurate geo-location without using GPS.
The LoRa protocol provides maximum reliability and savings
The regular but very short exchanges of short messages (a few dozen bytes) that characterise the LoRa protocol make it possible to reconcile quality remote communication and long equipment service life. They avoid radio collision phenomena and interference while using very little of the sensor electricity sources. This increased reliability comes with very significant operational savings. The annual access cost, which no longer includes a subscription or data consumption, is divided by 10 to 12 compared to an M2M system with SIM cards and the GSM network.
Fully open network architecture
Relayed by about a hundred partners globally, LoRaWAN architecture highlights its openness. Faced with competitors such as Sigfox who prefer the integrated management of their networks, it makes it possible for all businesses to quickly deploy their own installations and operate them. Its gateways’ extended compatibilities provide the added advantage of easy and immediate integration of the collected data into existing information systems.
Expert for over 16 years in specific smart grid M2M communications and a member of the LoRa Alliance, we propose a wide range of energy sector specific solutions to support the IoT revolution. We especially market pulsed data or temperature and humidity radio sensors and data hubs that use all the advantages of LoRa networks.