What is LoRaWAN?

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LoRa stands for “long range,” so it the word literally means “long-range wide area network.” It is a low-power WAN modulation technique that uses license-free frequency bands to transmit small amounts of data – either over long distances (ten miles or more) or through obstructions like buildings, typically being able to penetrate several concrete walls. It’s used in a lot of applications, including agriculture, smart buildings, smart cities, where you need either the long-range or the deep building penetration capability to wirelessly collect data from sensors and/or wirelessly send commands to actuators. It is often used in applications that need to be very low power, like battery-powered devices that last five years or more on a battery, or energy-harvested devices, like devices that run on solar power virtually forever. It’s a wireless technology that can either be operated on a private network or on any one of a number of public networks that provide LoRaWAN connectivity for a monthly fee. LoRaWAN is one of the wireless technologies that we use at ObjectSpectrum, and often includes network management services for private LoRaWAN customer networks as part of the solution.

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