In today’s fast-paced era, communication technology slowly transitions into 5G, which means data transmission is becoming denser but the amount of data exchange is achieving larger. This is especially true for M2M communication.
The good news is that LoRa technology is taking advantage of new tech trends. With bigger and wider deployment scopes, LoRa aims to create a wireless device that is designed to avoid frequent battery changes. And in the field of the Internet of Things applications, that is a very brilliant innovation.
In the past when low-power WAN was still a big thing, it appears that there were only two choices between low-power and long-distance. However, with LoRa technology, designers can achieve a lot of things. They can do both, maximize long range communication, and lower down the power consumption while reducing extra repeater costs.
What Is LoRa?
LoRa is an extra long-range wireless transmission concept that is based on spectrum technology. Derived from the words “Long Range”, it is classified as a technology under the Internet of Things. It is known for its “Long Range” feature.
It was in August 2013 when Semtech Corporation introduced LoRa. It was released in the United States and it came in the form of a chip, which is based on long-range yet low-power data transmission technology, which is just around 1 Ghz.
When LoRa was first launched, it has immediately captured the attention of the world. With its sensitivity that reaches up to –148dbm, excellent system capacity performance, and strong anti-jamming capability, it’s no surprise why it immediately captured the attention of the world.
The Advantages of LoRa
LoRa is known for its four major advantages. These are:
1. Long Life
One of the most popular advantage of LoRa is long life. In general, IoT devices are designed to avoid frequent battery changes. Therefore, as an IoT technology, LoRa is required to have a long battery life.
It’s good to know that LoRa does not disappoint when it comes to battery performance. For instance, in terms of water meter applications, this tech can provide a service that may last a decade, which is ideal in the application scenarios of water meters.
2. Long Distance Transmission
In the past few years, most wireless transmission devices worked within short-distance transmissions. That includes the WiFi technology, which works within a few meters to a couple of hundred meters.
Then again, for future IoT devices, short-distance transmissions have to be fixed and changed. But when that will be done, costs will increase.
But LoRa is different. This technology can support transmission distances that reach up to 10 kilometers. Although it has a simple architecture, it is designed to reduce the overall equipment costs as well as the use cost of networks.
3. Flexible Network Construction
LoRa technology does not only support private networks. It also supports public networks, which is determined by an operator or a user. But based on the current development situation, LoRa is commonly applied in different vertical markets, where it is deemed a perfect solution.
4. A Complete Ecosystem
In the standard tech ecosystem, the most important thing is not just a single device. Rather, it is the complete architecture.
Today, more and more markets and vendors take advantage of the LoRa technology, where more networks are being formed to create an even larger coverage all over the world. Hence, in the future, it will be easier to provide an efficient and a more complete solution for the needs of users.
The Future Applications of LoRa
Smart cities and urban intelligence are now being developed and fully-deployed. Along with that milestone, more and more fragmented terminal devices are being introduced in cities. All of them require low power-consumption yet work in long-distance ranges.
And with the emergence of LoRa, we are able to see a glimpse of the future of long-distance network technology. LoRa will break the bottleneck of IoT as it will promote the reduction of the costs of developing IoT technologies and detonate the large-scale application of IoT itself.
As a communication network, LoRa is forecasted to play a vital role. It will be used in the construction of smart transportation networks. It will be used in the implementation of smart lighting. It will be utilized in the management of manhole cover billboards. Most importantly, it will be used in monitoring the consumption of hydropower in industries and cities, as well as monitor and analyze the quality of soil and water.
In the animal and agriculture sector, LoRa may also have a special role to play. According to agriculture experts, the industry will need resources to be able to carry out their function and somehow increase production. If they consider the current network environment where farmlands are situated, they noticed that the majority of the farmlands have no honeycomb cover, although they have the perfect environment, soil, and air.
If only these agricultural factors are carefully analyzed and monitor, then it is likely that the agriculture sector will grow. With LoRa, data monitoring of air and soil temperature will be easier. Plus, lower costs will be involved as the device will tend to have a longer battery life and will work efficiently even at long distance transmissions.
What LabX7 Can Do
At LabX7, we focus on providing network, cloud, and end service solutions for the Internet of Things. With our help, customers are able to quickly realize the “end-to-end” network of the whole industry chain system, which involves interconnection, security, and openness.
As a reliable service solution provider for Internet of Things solutions, we have since introduced a multitude of technologies and services, not only for LoRa technology, but also for other promising techs. Smart parking, smart cities, smart agriculture, asset regulation, smart energy, smart livestock, and IoT finance are only among the solutions we are proud of.
Intelligent Vending Machine Program – Shared Class
The main hardware of our smart vending machine solution consists of an external control board, a WiFi module, an NB-IoT module, and a Bluetooth module.
Our intelligent vending machine is a smart product that has been widely used in many actual businesses for years now. It aims to promote the unmanned management of the retail industry to reduce operating costs, be able to operate 24 hours a day without regional restrictions, to bring convenience to the lives of the people.
Easy to Use
Through multimedia interaction, the machine can scan QR code payments or accept cash payment. The user only has to click on a product directly on the touch screen, pay for it, and it will be dispensed in the port.
Diverse Payment Methods
Our intelligent vending machine accepts diverse payment methods, from cash payments to cashless mobile payment, such as Alipay and WeChat.
The equipment application management program combines the use of various sensors to remotely monitor and detect the intelligent vending machine, and diagnose and repair problems.
The technologies applied and used in our smart vending machine include Bluetooth technology, WiFi newsletter, NB-IoT, mobile communications, refrigeration, LCD, UnionPay payment, Pay with AliPay, WeChat Payment, abnormal alarm, network monitoring, and statistical report.
Basic Version – WeChat applet + Bluetooth unlock + mobile communication + return cabinet + untie settlement (administrator)
Standard Edition – WeChat \ Alipay payment + infrared sensor output + 4G communication + touch screen control + APP management equipment
Professional Version – WeChat \ Alipay \ UnionPay + 4G communication network + touch screen control + vibration monitoring + abnormal alarm + remote management
Our Smart Shoe Solution is powered by a smart chip that is responsible for controlling all features and functionalities of our product.
This smart shoe has smart chips, sensors, touch screens, etc., that make our product not just an ordinary shoe, but also a smart technology.
The massage system and the heating module are embedded into the smart shoes. The soles of the feet may warm up and switched on for massage to ensure the proper flow of the blood vessels in the feet. As for the heating temperature, massage mode, and the intensity of the massage force, they can be adjusted.
The app designed for this smart shoe solution is designed to accurately record the time of each user’s run, route, calorie consumption and other data. It transmits data to the mobile APP in real time through wireless transmission.
Running Posture Analysis
The sensor in this smart shoe can record the gait and record the running data of the wearer. It counts the stride, the force, and other professional running data involved. It also gives the wearer a running posture correction or suggestion.
The technologies involved in the development of this smart shoe solution’s app are the following:
Heating and removing bacteria
Basic Version – Heating + charging + button control
Standard Edition – Heating + Massage + APP View and Settings
Professional Version – Heating + step + electric massage + wireless charging
Shared Management Cabinet Solution for Shared Class Users
The main hardware of our shared cabinet solution has four major parts: mobile communication module, LCD interface, SD card slot, and master chip.
This technology is designed for any unattended cabinet equipment. For this to work, the user has to initiate interaction through a mobile APP. From there, the device will trigger the opening management of the device and record the time storage and delivery.
The technologies involved in this application include Bluetooth communication, face recognition, WiFi newsletter, swipe unlock, NB-IoT, remote unlocking, mobile communication module, LCD, 2G communication, electronic locks, fingerprint recognition, and micro switch.
Our shared cabinet solution aims to provide a complete set of programs that are developed using smart interlocking objects, such as “soft, hard, cloud”, with password, fingerprint, Bluetooth and other unlocking functions like link network, combined with wireless transmission module that work by transmitting data information to the mobile phone APP through the cloud.
The system is also structured to record data, especially the number or times of the opening and closing of the intelligent interlock network and to allow remote authorization, wherein a one-time key is generated through the mobile APP to authorize trusted visitors.
Basic Version – LCD screen + swipe card plus password dual verification + ID card management
Standard Edition – LCD screen + RFID brush card plus password double verification + fingerprint opener
Industry Version – LCD + 2G communication module + remote viewing + swipe open cabinet + face recognition unlock + remote unlock
The main hardware of our smart lock solution has three major parts: mobile communication module, micro switch, and WiFi module.
This mobile phone scanning device is fully-equipped with a two-dimensional code that connects and binds devices to detect near-field openings and remote controls of the smart lock. It works in a two-way communication, unlocking information to the background.
The technologies involved in this product include Bluetooth technology, WiFi newsletter, NB-IoT, fingerprint recognition, mobile communication module, and viewing data.
The system structure of our smart lock solution consists of a complete set of program development of smart interlocking objects, including “soft, hard, cloud” with password, fingerprint, Bluetooth and other unlocking functions, such as link network, combined with wireless transmission module that can transmit data information to the mobile phone APP through the cloud.
It is designed to record data, including the number and time of the opening and closing of the intelligent interlock. It also has a remote authorization feature, generating a one-time key through the mobile APP that authorizes only trusted visitors.
Basic Version – Bluetooth unlock + fingerprint unlock
Standard Edition – Remote control unlock + fingerprint unlock + remote unlock (WiFi or sim card networking)
Professional Version – Bluetooth unlock + fingerprint unlock + swipe unlock + password unlock + remote unlock + temporary key unlock
Fingerprint identification module
Long standby battery (more than 20 days)
Charging USB port
View the door lock status under Bluetooth connection
Connect Bluetooth unlock
View unlock record
Unlocking authority management
Unlocking time management
Scan QR code to add hardware
Liquid remote control unlock
Fingerprint identification module
Induction lock magnet
433NHZ module or SIM communication module
Mobile phone remote unlock
Remote video surveillance
Door lock status display
Unlocking authority management
Remote control settings
Scan QR code to add hardware
Fingerprint addition settings
Mobile phone remote unlock
Short-range Bluetooth unlock
Shake the Bluetooth to unlock
Age key unlock upload
Set unlock permission
Unlock record query
Administrator password settings
Door lock status query
Indoor unlocking alarm
Enter in incorrect passwords to shoot automatically