LoRa Basics Station simplifies the management of large-scale LoRa®-based deployments.
Semtech Corporation announced that The Things Industries will support Semtech’s LoRa Basics™ Station, new state-of-the-art gateway packet forwarder, at the LoRa Alliance® All Members Meeting in Berlin.
LoRa Basics Station features built-in security and eases the process of managing gateways, especially in large-scale deployments of LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology).
“The open source LoRa Basics Station packet forwarder lowers the barrier for companies to invest in Semtech’s LoRa Technology, as it simplifies the management of large-scale deployments,” said Johan Stokking, CTO of The Things Industries and co-founder of The Things Network. “The Things Industries is well aligned with Semtech in creating developer-friendly tools so developers can focus on optimizing their applications without having to dive into the technical, low-level functionality of the network.”
LoRa Basics Station offers enhanced security and remote configuration capabilities, and leverages secure web sockets to communicate with the LNS. LoRa Basics Station comes with a service to interact with gateways deployed in the field and avoids firewall issues when connecting the gateway to corporate networks. Physical access is often required to update gateway firmware, change the network server provider or change frequency plan. LoRa Basics Station comes with a Configuration and Update Server (CUPS) to easily manage and update these settings, or remotely access an individual gateway through a secure shell session on the station.
As LoRaWAN®-based networks are increasingly leveraged in environments with little to no Internet infrastructure, gateways filter unnecessary packets to reduce data costs via cellular or satellite connections. Class B device operations and Firmware Updates Over The Air (FOTA) require accurate time synchronization between end-devices and the network. LoRa Basics Station synchronizes gateway clocks to allow network-wide coordination without GPS modules. This feature allows the receive window on the devices to briefly open, minimizing power consumption. All devices within a multicast group listen for incoming server messages simultaneously.
“The Things Industries’ support of LoRa Basics Station will accelerate the development of LoRa-based applications and pave the way for easier gateway management,” said Steve Hegenderfer, Senior Director of the Developer Ecosystem in Semtech’s Wireless Sensing and Products Group.
“LoRa Basics is fully compliant with LoRa Alliance and allows developers as well as enterprises to rapidly develop their applications.”