Evaluation kit is based on LoRa technology

IoT developers can create a low power wide area network (LPWAN) in Europe and North America, using the Microchip evaluation kit. The LoRa technology evaluation kit includes the required components to create a LPWAN, says Semtech, which supports Microchip in delivering the kit.

The two companies are members of the LoRa Alliance and are committed to standardising the LoRaWAN specification to allow interoperability between IoT networks and applications throughout the world. Such a network typically offers up to 10miles of range and 10year battery lifetime, reducing the need for extensive infrastructure and maintenance. LoRa technology provides signal strength in dense urban areas, says the company.

The evaluation kit gives IoT developers a simplified way to develop, evaluate and demonstrate a LoRa-based commercial LPWAN for either the European 868MHz band or the North American 915MHZ band. The kit includes a LoRaWAN gateway, a pair of Microchip Mote end-device modules (LoRaWAN sensors) and a local LoRaWAN network server application. The technology targets low data rates and low-duty-cycle applications for tracking and monitoring such things as energy, location, utility infrastructure, smart city, environment, agriculture and public safety.



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