Module combines LoRa and Bluetooth support

Available from Alpha Micro Components, the Laird RM1 modules are the first to combine Bluetooth v4.0 and LoRa support in a single device, says the company. By enabling low energy connectivity over long distances, the modules save money and time, enhance safety and reduce downtime, it says.

It also simplifies implementation and accelerates roll out by packaging wireless communications in a single module, with a trusted, field-tested development environment.

There is the RM191 module for FCC compliance and the RM186 module for CE compliance; both suitable for IoT monitoring, tracking and data collection tasks that require battery-powered devices in remote, dangerous and difficult to access locations, such as in industry, agriculture and utilities.

The modules allow IoT devices to gather sensor data and send control messages via short range wireless Bluetooth or physical links. They can share data with central servers or gateways, and also be remotely managed, via LoRa, over a range of up to 10miles (about 15km).

Sensor longevity and self-sufficiency makes it possible to install RM1-equipped sensors in inaccessible locations or dangerous environments, with no physical connection to the outside.

For example, in a typical industrial application, IoT devices equipped with the modules collect temperature, flow and quantity sensor data in a production or processing facility – using Bluetooth. That data is instantly uploaded via LoRa to an administrative centre, where it is analysed to alert staff to production or safety issues.

The company says that the modules are easy to integrate into IoT devices and can be rapidly integrated, due to support for the smartBasic language. The manufacturer’s event-driven programming language enables automated, hostless applications and helps cut OEM development risk and cost.

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