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STM and Objenious collaborate on LoRa connections

Steve Rogerson
October 10, 2017
 
Swiss chip company ST Microelectronics and Objenious, the first carrier in France to provide a nationwide LoRa network, are working together to accelerate the connection of IoT nodes to LoRa networks.
 
STM’s development kits certified on the Objenious network are available now, reducing R&D effort and time to market in the creation of new LoRa devices.
 
LoRAWan is a low-power wide area network (LPWAN) based on LoRa technology that is opening up possibilities to create networks of connected devices to address a broad range of IoT applications. The benefits of LoRa suit applications where nodes have limited power capability, can be difficult to access and data transfers don’t require high bandwidth. LoRa can thus target a wide spectrum of applications such as tracking and proactive maintenance.
 
Objenious launched and operates a LoRa network in France with more than 4200 antennas deployed around the country. Leveraging the network know-how inherited from Bouygues Telecom, Objenious now offers its LoRa network, platform and services for LPWAN IoT to partners and customers locally and internationally thanks to roaming agreements.
 
“The collaboration of ST Microelectronics and Objenious offers customers an opportunity to easily and quickly develop LPWAN-connected objects for the Objenious network, accelerating the business and the development of the IoT,” said Stéphane Allaire, CEO of Objenious.
 
With its portfolio of general-purpose and secure microcontrollers (MCUs) and sensors, along with analogue, power, mixed-signal and connectivity technologies, STM has the ingredients for making connected devices for any application. The company helps developers by providing tools and software libraries that aid the STM32 MCU-based embedded design as part of its freely available STM32 ODE open development environment. By integrating Objenious’ network access software on top of the STM32 ODE, developing connected devices is made easier.
 
“Offering STM32-based LoRa-enabled kits that are already certified on the Objenious network is a valuable asset for developers as it hurdles a major challenge in their efforts to create new LoRa devices,” said Thierry Tingaud, president of ST Microelectronics in France. “In addition to pre-integrating the software development kit, the Objenious-LoRa-enabled STM32-based solution is ready to use on a live network, greatly reducing R&D effort and time to market.”
 
STM32 Nucleo LoRa kits are certified and available to developers through STM sales channels.
 
Both companies are members of the LoRa Alliance, which has 500 members and more than 46 publicly announced operators deploying the network worldwide.
 
Objenious, a Bouygues Telecom subsidiary, provides a network, an IoT platform called Spot (for smart portal of things) and tailored services to meet business needs.