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LoRaWAN: the network protocol for IoT

The era of the Internet of Things has come and the revolution is starting also in agriculture. New transmission protocols support IoT technology in order to make it effective and reliable even over long distances. This is why LoRaWAN, a media access control (MAC) protocol for wide area networks was born.

A step back: what the Internet of Things is

Imagine: you have vineyards that require daily attention or constant supervision. Now you want to improve the vineyard management and you want to monitor temperature, humidity, etc. in the vineyard from your home, while maybe you are doing maintenance to the equipment or you have other important things to do. This is now possible with the current systems that allow you to know in real time, and from your smartphone, what happens in the vineyard. You can also find out if there is the likelihood that it can develop downey mildew or powdery mildew, and take action, not before or on intuition, but just when you need to, with a big cost saving. These smart systems consist of several tools, that operate and communicate with each other independently without any human action, are what we define as the Internet of Things (IoT).

A step forward: LoRaWAN

LoRaWAN is the transmission protocol designed by the LoRa Alliance, a nonprofit association that believes in IoT (Internet of Things). Members share experiences and knowledge in order to make the LoRaWAN protocol successful.

LoRaWAN meets the needs of the IoT:

  • it is easy to install – no need for laying cables because the transmission is wirelessly
  • it ensures maximum coverage – up to 45 km in flat areas
  • it requires minimal maintenance – the possibility of error is reduced
  • it has low power consumption – the battery lasts on average 10 years
  • it transmits a huge amount of data
  • it is also ideal for networks consist of a large number of sensor nodes (it can connect multiple applications in a single space)

Auroras has extensively tested LoRa modules in order to personally check the effectiveness.

All this makes LoRaWAN perfect for the Internet of Things (IoT) in various fields and especially in agriculture, where the extension of the fields and their distribution across vast areas require an ad hoc protocol.
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