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Laird LoRa gateway suits enterprises

Steve Rogerson
March 23, 2017



Laird has release an IoT low-power, long-range LoRa gateway so enterprises can deploy IoT networks in practically any geographic location, even where traditional communications infrastructure is unavailable.
 
"The Sentrius RG1xx has been purpose-built from the ground up to create a secure, scalable, robust LoRa network," said Scott Lordo, senior vice president of London-based Laird. "The RG1xx, paired with the other elements of Laird's growing Sentrius LPWAN ecosystem, enables cost-effective and end-to-end control of public and private LoRa networks alike."
 
This gives OEMs and developers essential elements to accelerate enterprise IoT development for many of the most challenging industrial settings and applications, ranging from smart metering to equipment monitoring to municipal asset management and more.
 
In industrial automation, for example, full-scale networks can be used to track assets that are spread across a vast facility. A LoRa network can easily span an entire campus and gather sensor data that can provide insights needed to maintain efficiency and productivity and be used to make better business decisions. The gateway helps make a proprietary network easier to build, scale and maintain.
 
It provides versatility to suit a developer's application by incorporating LoRa as part of a multi-interface platform, blending local and wide area technologies.
 
Equipped with the company's enterprise grade 802.11 a/b/g/n mimo wifi, wired Ethernet, Bluetooth and Bluetooth LE connectivity within one LoRa gateway, it enables integration of key short-range, low-power wireless technologies with LPWAN technology to expand the geographic range of IoT implementations.
 
LoRa, which is a rapidly growing standard in the LPWAN space for IoT and M2M connectivity, provides secure, bi-directional data transfer and communications with IoT networks over long distances for years without a battery change.
 
It can usually send and receive signals up to 16km, but that distance can be extended to hundreds of kilometres with additional gateway deployments. This provides more convenience and flexibility for enterprise IoT implementations that can be integrated nearly anywhere, without the need to build telecoms infrastructure up to the site or pay for on-going commercial cellular subscriptions.
 
Based on the Semtech SX1301 and SX1257 chipset designs enabling eight channels and 27dBm transmit power, the gateway is designed to work seamlessly with Laird's LoRa ecosystem of Sentrius RM1xx LoRa plus Bluetooth LE certified modules and LPWAN antennas, delivering out-of-the-box integration and compatibility with third party cloud and LoRa partners and other LoRaWan client devices.
 
The gateway also comes with web-based configuration, integrated LoRa packet forwarder software and default settings for multiple LoRa network server vendors. It is certified for FCC, IC and CE, along with a Bluetooth SIG listing.
 
Laird is also announcing the Sentrius RG1xx-M2 LoRaWan concentrator card. Expanding on Semtech's drivers and reference design, the card enables OEMs to integrate a certified LoRaWan gateway interface to any Linux based platform.
 
"With multiple wired and wireless interface options, the RG1xx gives you complete design freedom to create a private end-to-end LPWAN network, which eliminates the need for a network carrier subscription," Lordo said. "The RG1xx gateway, paired with the RM1xx series of LoRa and BLE modules and Laird's LPWAN antennas, will give developers and OEMs control of their cost-effective LoRa ecosystem."
 
Availability of product samples of the Sentrius RG1xx for select customers is planned for May 2017, with full production shortly after.