LoRaWAN is the LoRa platform utilised in the low power wide area networks (LPWAN) intended for wireless battery operated things in a regional , national or global networks.
WHAT IS LORA WAN?
LoRaWAN is a point-to-multipoint networking protocol that uses Semtech’s LoRa modulation scheme. It’s not just about the radio waves; it’s about how the radio waves communicate with LoRaWAN gateways to do things like encryption and identification. It also includes a cloud component, which multiple gateways connect to. LoRaWAN is rarely used for industrial (private network) applications due to its limitations.
KEY FEATURES OF LORAWAN
Uses 868 MHz /915 MHz ISM bands which is widely available.
Long Battery Life
Consumes very less power and thus can last for 15 plus years.
Requires minimal infrastructure , low cost end node and runs on open source software.
Wide coverage range about 5km in urban areas and 15 km in suburban areas.
Hassle Free Roaming
Supports seamless handovers from one network to another.
Single LoRa Gateway device can take care of 1000s of end devices or nodes.
KEY APPLICATIONS OF LORAWAN
Many industries rely on secure tracking of expensive equipment’s location and condition, and IoT-enabled solutions make asset utilisation and lifecycle cost reduction much easier. Integrating data from intelligent technology helps planning and operations decision-making. LoRaWAN sensors track position, vibration, temperature, loads, and speeds, and use real-time and historical data to recommend maintenance before problems arise. Access to asset performance data also improves uptime and allows for trend analysis in order to achieve and surpass production targets.
Leaks in pipelines and other systems involving water, gas, or chemicals are a serious problem that can result in considerable financial losses or environmental degradation. Water leak detection and flooding sensors connected to the LoRaWAN network keep an eye on the presence of water both inside and outside industrial sites. The technology pinpoints and provides alerts with actionable information to facility management if a problem or abnormality is discovered, guiding prompt response and resolution.
The huge number of propane and fuel oil tanks used for residential and commercial applications necessitates the adoption of a reliable system to monitor fuel levels. Fuel delivery firms are an important partner in Smart Industry supply chain operations, as run-outs can be costly. Trucks are frequently deployed inefficiently without the ability to remotely evaluate fuel levels, pushing up operational expenses and hindering customer service delivery. Fill level and other vital data can be provided over the Senet network to tank monitoring solutions used by supply businesses to optimise their delivery process by installing low-cost, low-power LoRaWAN sensors on fuel tanks. Furthermore, industrial enterprises can correctly anticipate fuel usage, allowing them to cut truck rolls and so lower their carbon impact.
Supply chain and logistics firms can easily and affordably track high-value assets, even those in transit, thanks to LoRaWAN technology. Vehicles, goods, and other assets can be conveniently tracked over broad geographic regions and in severe circumstances thanks to the technology’s great range, low power consumption, and GPS-free localisation. Fleet monitoring solutions that use LoRaWAN connectivity can save money by allowing fleets to stay on the road for longer, improve fuel economy, increase safety, provide visibility into maintenance issues, and improve overall operational efficiency.
During moderate to severe rainfall, many coastal communities face persistent flooding, and high tides can render thoroughfares and residential roads impassable. Environmental elements such as air quality and precipitation may be monitored to address these challenges and help communities become smarter, safer, and more resilient. Ultrasonic sensors and LoRaWAN technology are used to remotely assess water levels above dry land or a body of water using rugged, weather-proof solar powered systems mounted on light poles and bridges. These real-time environmental monitoring systems track air quality, hyper local weather, and precipitation levels in order to forecast flooding and alert populations to potentially dangerous situations.
Cold Chain Monitoring
Cold-chain storage trackers keep track of products in temperature-controlled facilities like refrigerators and freezers along the whole chain of custody, from processing to storage to delivery. LoRaWAN is perfect for cold-chain applications in healthcare, such as medicine delivery and handling to decrease the risk of sickness caused by contaminated foods or ingredients, and food transport and handling to reduce the risk of illness caused by contaminated foods or ingredients. The ability to track, record, and preserve location and temperature conditions is a critical component of control in these markets.
Many sectors rely on secure tracking of expensive equipment’s location and condition, and IoT-enabled solutions make asset utilisation and lifecycle cost reduction much easier. Integrating data from intelligent technology helps planning and operations decision-making. LoRaWAN sensors track position, vibration, temperature, loads, and speeds, combining real-time and historical data to suggest maintenance before problems arise. Access to equipment performance data also increases uptime and allows for trend analysis in order to achieve and surpass production targets.
Water utilities can stay responsive, lean, and resourceful by replacing antiquated, labor-intensive operations with LoRaWAN metering systems. Advanced metering infrastructure solutions assist utility consumers and municipalities in increasing efficiencies and speeding up sustainability efforts at the lowest total cost of ownership achievable. Smart water metering technologies enable remote acquisition of usage data and billing of accounts, resulting in increased operational savings and service income.