LoRa is a wireless communication technology developed to create the low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) required for machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Key features of LoRa technology:
- Long range: >15 km / 9 mi range
- Low-power: 5-10 year expected battery lifetime
- Low-cost: from end-node sensor cost to upfront infrastructure investment
- Secure: with embedded end-to-end AES-128 encryption of data
- Geolocation: enables indoor/outdoor tracking without GPS
LoRaWAN™ is a global LPWAN specification created by the LoRa Alliance™ to drive a single standard for seamless interoperability across the industry. LoRa technology is ideally suited for the applications:
- Smart Cities
- Smart Home and Building
- Smart Environment
- Smart Metering
- Smart Agriculture
- Smart Industrial
- Retail and Logistics
As a board member and sponsor of the LoRa Alliance and strong player on the LPWAN market,ST offers several affordable and easy-to-use sets of hardware tools dedicated to the evaluation and development of LoRa™ solutions.
Combined with the LoRaWAN™ software expansion package for STM32Cube (I-CUBE-LRWAN) which includes a set of libraries and application examples, these hardware tools are the quickest way to build LoRaWAN end-node devices:
- Low-power wireless Nucleo pack (P-NUCLEO-LRWAN1) including STM32 Nucleo-64 development board and LoRa™ expansion board with high-performance SX1272 FSK/OOK RF transceiver
- STM32 Discovery kit for LoRa™ and other LPWAN protocols (B-L072Z-LRWAN1) with an all-in-one open LoRa™ module powered by an ultra-low-power STM32L072 32-bit microcontroller and an SX1276 RF transceiver
- STM32 LoRa™ expansion board for the STM32 Nucleo (I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1) featuring a low-cost USI® LPWAN module supporting LoRa™ technology
We asked Benjamin the following questions: What is FOTA and it's benefits? How can we meet the challenge of FOTA over LoRaWAN? So LoRaWAN FOTA is really happening?
In this video Michael Andre, CEO of WIZZILAB presents their products to us, a triple stack solution for LPWAN technologies, including Sigfox, LoraWan and the Dash7 alliance which leverages many products from STMicroelectronics.
The STM32 Nucleo pack for LoRa™ technology and high-performance FSK/OOK RF transceiver modem (P-NUCLEO-LRWAN1) is a development tool to learn and develop solutions based on LoRa™ and/or FSK/OOK technologies.