The primary function of the Connect LoRa Receiver is to receive, interpret, and then send data to a local or cloud server. The Gateway can be integrated into an Edge device, via the Connect port, to send and receive values from another gateway, removing the need to provide network connectivity to every building controller.
Providing wireless connectivity with minimal overhead, the LoRa Connect helps to reduce time and costs involved with wired infrastructure. Our LoRa Gateway can be integrated in a variety of different ways, providing substantial flexibility when integrating BMS systems. The system supports multiple gateways, meaning a structure can be completely covered no matter the size or type of infrastructure.
LoRa is a low-power, long-range wireless technology designed for the Internet of Things. It is less affected by buildings and other obstructions than regular WiFi, with one gateway generally being able to provide coverage for a 70x70m 3-story building.
Distance vs. Power Consumption
Considering LoRa transmission messages are very small, around 50 bytes, less power is required than say to make a phone call or upload a photo. Using LoRa, our sensors can achieve a 5+ year battery life when pushing data once a day. Alternatives either cannot transmit the required distance, or are too costly to do so.
Indoor Network Coverage
LoRa runs on a low radio frequency, which enables the transmission to penetrate common building obstacles such as furniture, walls, pipes and even concrete. Our LoRa Raw devices can transmit around 100m in a commercial building, which is impressive considering the weaker penetration of WiFi.
Active & Open Community
The LoRa community is very active and open, comprising of companies and individuals who are further developing LoRa and LoRaWAN. Because of this, the technology is constantly improving and there is lots of available support online and through forums. This is different from legacy, proprietary software.