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What is LoRaWAN?

LoRaWAN™ is designed to provide Long Range, Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN).

The range provided is up to 15 km so each mast can potentially cover a 30 km diameter zone, making it an ideal and cost-effective network for Smart Cities, Internet of Things, M2M and other applications requiring secure two-way communication. The low transmission power feature makes it ideal for battery-powered devices, conserving battery life.


How this technology differs from NB-IoT? – ‘LoRa vs NB-IoT’

LoRa Alliance WAN logo

What is the difference between LoRa® and LoRaWAN™ ?

LoRa is a spread spectrum modulation technique, specifically designed for Long Range Applications in the field of Smart Metering, IoT and Home Automation. LoRa provides the physical layer necessary to establish communication.

LoRaWAN adds full and complex networking capabilities to LoRa products, enabling the creation of Wide Area Networks which can be run by local or national operators as either private or public networks. The LoRaWAN standard is intended to provide seamless interoperability for connecting smart ‘things’.

Star Topology Network

Star networks are one of the most common network topologies. In their simplest form, a star networks consist of a central node, to which all other nodes are connected. LoRaWAN networks are generally laid out in a star topology. In the context of LoRaWAN the central node is usually called a gateway, whereas the other nodes are simply called end-devices.

LoRa star network topology

LoRa Alliance

AMIHO technology is a member of the LoRa Alliance, a non-profit association of industry Members, collaborating to develop and drive the success of the LoRa protocol, to enable the Internet of Things. Members from the LoRa Alliance come from all across the globe and from organisations of all types, from equipment manufacturers, system integrators, and sensor manufacturers, to wireless communication companies.

LoRaWAN Applications

Smart City

Because of the long range capability, LoRaWAN networks need very few masts to cover a whole city. This makes the use of LoRa a very cost effective method to set up a network and is one of the reasons it is becoming very popular for Smart City programmes.

M2M Communication

LoRaWAN is also a perfect fit for M2M communication. Its low bandwidth and low impact on battery life make it the right technology for your enterprise or industrial application. Furthermore LoRaWAN features definitions for end-to-end encryption and data privacy, and helps you locate your assets with GPRS enabled gateways.

LoRaWAN is a registered trademark of Semtech Corporation.