Waspmote sensors integrate new LPWAN radio module for large-scale IoT deployments worldwide.
Libelium has released a new radio module bringing LoRa Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) wireless connectivity to Waspmote Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for applications that require low-energy, long-range data transmission on a large scale.
Protocols known as Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) are accelerating smart city and IoT deployments in Europe, Asia, and North America. Semtech’s open LoRaWAN standard is the backbone for many IoT uses that require bidirectional data communication and geolocation information. Libelium LoRaWAN sensors send information to base stations in the field, and have successfully completed tests on Kerlink LoRa base stations for 868 MHz bands operating in Europe, on the 900 MHz band for the U.S., and for the 433 MHz band connectivity used in China, Japan and Korea.
“Waspmote sensor nodes are extremely energy efficient, intended for massive deployments in cities and the industrial IoT,” said David Gascón, Libelium CTO and co-founder.
“Our sensor platform is a perfect fit for purpose-built LoRaWAN, designed to carry complex data that characterizes Smart Cities applications, and thereby enable connectivity for the billions of devices and sensors predicted for the IoT.”
Libelium’s LoRaWAN radio module is fully integrated with the Waspmote sensor platform and is also available as an upgrade for all existing Waspmote sensor devices. Waspmote Plug & Sense! devices offer easy network configuration for smart cities applications to monitor environmental factors, noise pollution, water quality, as well as parking, and smart lighting applications. Paired with Libelium’s LoRaWAN module, Waspmote Plug & Sense! received CE marking earlier this month, making it the first horizontal sensor platform certified for use in Europe.
Technical Characteristics – Waspmote + LoRaWAN Integration
|Key Features||Why it Matters|
|Libelium LoRaWAN radio module supports 868 MHz band (Europe); 433 MHz band (China, Japan, Korea), and will feature 900 MHz band support in 2016 (North America).||Many Smart Cities and Industrial IoT applications require low bandwidth data transmission over distances, both indoors and outdoors, often in areas of high electromagnetic interference.|
Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensors and the Libelium LoRaWAN radio module received CE marking on the 868 MHz band, in November 2015. Certifications for the U.S. version are currently in progress.
|Embedded radio module in Waspmote sensor nodes sends information directly to base stations.||Fast response, and simple, immediate network setup to connect devices to the LoRaWAN IoT network.|
|Secure IP connection assured between devices, base stations, and Cloud servers. Accounts activated with strong, unique API keys.||Secure authentication maintains data integrity and privacy of information transmitted by the sensor nodes, and also when data are stored on servers, gateways, and the Cloud.|
|Extensive documentation, tutorials and LoRaWAN developer kits are available for Waspmote OEM & Waspmote Plug and Sense! devices.||Waspmote is a complete technology platform for the IoT, integrating any sensor, any communication protocol, and any Cloud system. Waspmote OEM is oriented to developers for prototyping, pilot projects and proofs of concept; The Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensor line is an out-of-the-box solution pre-configured for quick deployment of IoT, Smart Cities, and M2M services and applications.|
|Libelium LoRaWAN is also available for the OEM / DIY platforms Arduino and Raspberry Pi.|
Arduino and Raspberry Pi are key learning platforms for the IoT, widely available at low cost, and offering options for IT professionals to participate in the IoT and add IoT electronics technology skills to their resumes.