LoRaWAN gateway deployed at the Albacete Research Institute of Informatics

LoRaWAN is an open M2M and IoT-oriented standard provided by LoRa Alliance whose specication is intended for creating a global Wide Area Network (WAN) using devices operating under negligible energy consumption (expectations of 10-year battery  lifetime). It is a stack referred to the data link layer (MAC) which uses the Long Range (LoRa) physical layer (PHY) and operates in the Industrial, Scientic and Medical (ISM) radio bands.

One of the key aspects that makes the difference between Sigfox and LoRaWAN remains on the coverage. While Sigfox provides a whole infrastructure for covering entire countries and ensuring network transmissions, LoRaWAN stands for the users to deploy an open network. That’s the reason why we have configured and installed a gateway in the Albacete Research Institute of Informatics in order to provide Albacete with LoRaWAN coverage. The following picture shows the hardware used for the end-devices as well as the multichannel gateway deployed.

LoRaWAN end-device and gateway deployed at the Albacete Research Institute of Informatics

The Things Network (TTN) is a back-end whose mission is to build a decentralized open and crowd sourced IoT data network owned and operated by users themselves. Our gateway was registered in TTN the 17th of April (2017) being the first one in our region, Castilla-La Mancha. The following picture shows the location of the gateway and the current deployment of LoRaWAN in Spain.

LoRaWAN gateways deployed in Spain, updated at 06/28/2017

The 14th of September (2017) we carried out the deployment of our LoRaWAN gateway in an outdoor space in order to increase the coverage range of our network. Particularly, our gateway is currently deployed on the roof of the Albacete Research Institute of Informatics, see the picture below:

LoRaWAN gateway

This is just the beginning of our IoT network. Starting by this deployment we have provided our city with LoRaWAN coverage, but our main is to globalize the network and include several IoT technologies, such as Bluetooth Low Energy or Wi-Fi, to cooperate together.

LoRaWAN gateway deployed at the Albacete Research Institute of Informatics