To this day, IoT implementations face a myriad of challenges, and connectivity is one of them. Legacy systems are costly and hard to implement, when they aren’t obsolete, hampering agility. Some other technologies like Wi-Fi are very affordable, but also very insecure for industrial applications and their high-security standards. Innovative communication protocols are now disrupting the industry and making it possible to cost-effectively implement compliant solutions. In this article, get to know one of these innovative technologies: LoRaWAN®. Its fundamentals, scope, how it operates, and some of the many Industry 4.0 applications that it enables.
Disruptive technologies like LoRaWAN® are facilitating the adoption of Industry 4.0 where legacy tech would not work or not meet the necessary compliance requirements. And this is where LoRaWAN® truly shines: wirelessly, with a range of up to 15 kilometers and low power consumption allowing for years worth of battery life - added to a no-code approach - it makes implementing unobtrusive monitoring a breeze. The use cases are limitless and they are already deployed in many successful implementations all over the world.
The LoRaWAN® specification is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) networking protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery operated ‘things’ to the internet in regional, national, or global networks, and targets key Internet of Things (IoT) requirements such as bi-directional Ceccommunication, end-to-end security, mobility and localization services.
Specifics of operating with LoRaWAN®
There are typically three main components on a Network: Sensors, Gateways, and Cloud Network Servers. Sensors, acting as nodes, forward the information they collect to a Gateway or multiple ones. These Gateways are the ones that connect to the cloud and send the information to the Network Server for processing, either via ethernet or cellular depending on availability and ease of getting a hardwired connection to the company’s network.
How is LoRaWAN® being used in the Manufacturing industry?
LoRaWAN® applications are the perfect choice for providing innovative solutions, increasing efficiency, reliability, safety and security, and so much more within industrial processes and products. A network of stick-and-play sensors providing workers with real-time data via the Cloud is a powerful tool that can affect all aspects of the manufacturing process. Here are a few use cases of LoRaWAN® technology solutions being implemented in factories:
Get started with LoRaWAN®
Still need more information? You can check the LoRa Alliance website for more resources on LoRaWAN® or download the entire technical overview here.
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