What is LoRa?

LoRa stands for Low Power Wide Area Networks (Long Range): an energy-efficient network specifically designed for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions where objects and equipment which use little data are connected to the internet. Each object or machine is equipped with a LoRa chip and wireless sensor. Next, small amounts of data can be exchanged between the objects and systems via the LoRa network.

With LoRa-powered IoT you continuously have access to reliable, real-time information regarding objects and locations. You can also remotely send commands to specific objects. A power supply on site is not required: 2 penlite batteries ensure that data can be transmitted via a wireless sensor for up to 10 years. Because of this LoRa connectivity can be applied with any object and is at the same time an energy-efficient and low-maintenance solution for objects and equipment which only need to send or receive data on occasion.

Why LPWAN by LoRa?

Besides LoRa, there are other Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) providers. NarrowBand IoT and Sigfox are the best known ones in the Netherlands. Although the concept of sending small amounts of data over long distances is the same, the technology differs with each provider.

NarrowBand IoT makes use of the available 4G network. KPN uses a separate network for LPWAN. The LoRa network had nationwide coverage and therefore has more reach than the 4G network. Also, via LoRa geolocation, a form of track and trace, can applied without a GPS module. This cannot be achieved via the 4G network. The LPWAN solution by Sigfox is not bi-directional and limited to reading an object’s data. Via Sigfox sending commands to objects or machines is not optional. Because of this, this system has a smaller range of applications than LoRa.

The strength of LPWAN is not only in its reach, but also in the fact that it is an energy-efficient solution. The energy consumption is focused around the brief moments where the object sends or receives data. Immediately after the object resumes standby mode. The more energy-efficient, the less maintenance is required and the larger the range of applications. LoRa is the most energy-efficient form of LPWAN available. Furthermore, through the LoRa Alliance, KPN collaborates with other parties on the development of a global standard for the LoRa technology, which will eventually allow for seamless roaming.

LoRa by SIMPoint

SIMPoint works with the LoRa network by KPN and is the first and only reseller offering LoRa. The LoRa technology is the perfect addition to M2M communications: energy-efficient and specifically for objects and machines which do not require to send a lot of data. The possibilities are almost limitless. We are therefore happy to explore (complex) issues with you to turn them into a customized, healthy business case. Customized solutions also means: no minimum purchase requirements and variable durations.

LoRa solutions by SIMPoint

Network and data usage

The wireless LoRa technology does not rely on GSM coverage or a power supply on site. This allows for LoRa-supported IoT applications absolutely everywhere, inside and outside. The LoRa network by KPN has nationwide coverage. KPN is co-founder of the LoRa Alliance, an international association which is working on a global standard for Low Power Wide Area Networks. This will make roaming via LoRa a future opportunity.

LoRa is a technology specifically designed for objects which infrequently need to send small amounts of data. Because of this, the data usage is low. For the data usage via LoRa, data bundles are used which match with the amount of communication between the object and the system, the number of so-called uplinks and downlinks.

 

Secure data exchange

The LoRa technology is safe. The data which the sensors send and receive is encrypted. In order to view the data and to identify the object to which the data is related, you require a set of keys. Each object can only be identified through its own key. The data measured by the sensors is also encrypted before being sent. This multi-level encryption ensures a secure data exchange.

 

Geolocation

Via LoRa you also have the option of geolocation, a type of track and trace method. With each uplink the sensor not only sends sensor information, but also information regarding the object’s location. Geolocation does not use a GPS module to determine an object’s location, because that would not fit into the energy-conscious LoRa concept. Instead, the signal captured by the 3 nearest gateways is used to calculate the object’s current location (triangulation), after which an indication of the object’s location is provided.

The indicated location currently has a margin of about 100 metres, but this technology is being further developed. If necessary geolocation can be combined with supplemental technology to determine a more precise location of the object. For instance in the event that a bicycle is missing or stolen, the sensor’s signal can be used to determine its location more accurately using additional technology. The advantage of geolocation is that you can rely on an energy-efficient solution with minimal data usage and only if and when necessary need to apply additional means.

 

24/7 support

An IoT solution which always works, that is what you want! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Via the SIMPoint portal you always have access to information regarding the connectivity of your IoT solutions. Furthermore, SIMPoint can be reached 24/7, for all your questions.

Examples of LoRa solutions

Street lighting

Street lighting provides safety and comfort, but, at the same time, costs energy. All the more reason for targeted use of street lighting and not leave them on needlessly. By connecting street lights to the internet via LoRa, they can be remotely switched on and off when needed. The data sent to and from the street lights is encrypted for safety reasons.

Using LoRa sensors, street lights can be deployed in a targeted and energy-efficient manner, by, for instance, only switching them on when traffic passes. When a sensor registers the presence of a cyclist or car, the streetlight is switched on, to be switched off again after that. It is both a cost-efficient and environmentally-conscious solution.

Waste management

Waste separation and recycling contribute to a greener, more durable future. It also contributes to the rapid increase of the number of underground waste containers, which in turn extends and complicates the logistic processes regarding emptying them.

With the LoRa technology you can remotely verify which containers need to be emptied. Next, an efficient route can be planned to empty containers which only includes containers that are full. This ensures a large reduction of both time and vehicle kilometres in waste management.

Agricultural applications

Due to a combination of lotting of farmland and up-scaling many agricultural businesses have land and cattle spread over a vast area. Personally monitoring all locations is time consuming and impractical. Here, too, IoT via the LoRa network provides the solution. Sensors take measurements allowing remote monitoring of both fields and cattle. In fields the soil’s humidity can be measured, among other, which allows you to remotely determine the right time for for instance fertilizing and irrigation. By connecting sensors to cattle their condition can also be monitored. The possibilities are endless.

The LoRa technology does not depend on GSM coverage or the availability of a power supply on site and is therefore particularly suitable for deployment in rural areas.

Tracking bicycles

Unfortunately, a bicycle is prone to theft. This fact makes track and trace solutions for bicycles particularly interesting. An M2M track and trace solution with a GPS module would require a (continuous) power supply, which a bicycle does not have. An IoT application via het LoRa network, however, does not require access to a power supply. Here, 2 penlite batteries suffice.

In the event a bicycle has vanished, its location can be traced using geolocation. This technology is evolving and becoming ever more accurate. Moreover, if necessary, geolocation can be combined with additional technology to pinpoint a more precise location.

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LoRa Postpaid
Price list (Rates exclusive of VAT)Number per end customer*
One-time costs0 – 99100 – 9991.000 – 4.9995.000 +
Activation costs per key€ 5,00€ 2,50€ 1,00€ 0,00
Monthly costs
Administrative costs per invoice€ 5,00€ 2,50€ 0,00€ 0,00
Server costs per address€ 7,50€ 7,50€ 7,50€ 7,50
LoRa Bundles (Costs per month)
BundlesUplinksDownlinks
Sometimes101€ 0,60€ 0,58€ 0,55€ 0,50
Downlink outside bundle€ 0,060€ 0,058€ 0,055€ 0,050
Uplink outside bundle€ 0,012€ 0,012€ 0,011€ 0,010
Geo-location€ 0,20€ 0,19€ 0,18€ 0,17
Regular30030€ 0,80€ 0,77€ 0,73€ 0,67
Downlink outside bundle€ 0,0060€ 0,0058€ 0,0055€ 0,0050
Uplink outside bundle€ 0,0012€ 0,0012€ 0,0011€ 0,0010
Geo-location€ 0,20€ 0,19€ 0,18€ 0,17
Often3000300€ 1,00€ 0,96€ 0,92€ 0,83
Downlink outside bundle€ 0,00060€ 0,00058€ 0,00055€ 0,00050
Uplink outside bundle€ 0,00012€ 0,00012€ 0,00011€ 0,00010
Geo-location€ 0,20€ 0,19€ 0,18€ 0,17
Mostly9000900€ 1,20€ 1,15€ 1,10€ 1,00
Downlink outside bundle€ 0,00060€ 0,00058€ 0,00055€ 0,00050
Uplink outside bundle€ 0,00012€ 0,00012€ 0,00011€ 0,00010
Geo-location€ 0,20€ 0,19€ 0,18€ 0,17
Standard duration of 12 months

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