What is LoRa®? The term “LoRa” comes from “Long Range”. It is also a low power wide area network (LPWAN) network technology. Combining low power with long range, LoRa® LPWAN networks make this technology an excellent choice for many IoT (internet of things) applications. LoRa® uses “chirp spread spectrum”, an RF technology in use for decades in military and satellite applications due to its long range and robustness in interference. This results in ultra-long battery life, low cost and rugged performance. LoRa® hardware is small, coverage area is large and power requirements are very low. This creates an environment which saves up to 95% in total cost of ownership over alternative cellular technologies.
If LoRa® is so good, why not use it for everything? LoRa® is best for applications that need very little bandwidth. It is ideally suited for sensors that periodically report information. It cannot be used for voice or video applications. For more information about LoRa® visit https://www.lora-alliance.org/what-is-lora
Will LoRa® replace cellular solutions? No, LoRa® complements cellular solutions. While cellular is best suited for low latency, high bandwidth applications, LoRa® is best suited for the billions of devices that need to report less frequently, but at a fraction of the cost.