The Internet of Thingsis poised to be the next big technology ‘disruptor’of the century. It is estimated that close to 20+ billionsof devices and sensors will be connected to the Internet by the year 2020. With these numbers in mind service providers, manufacturers and engineering groups are on a race for the ultimate IoT technology: from cellular LTEbased in the form of Narrowband(NB) IoT and Cat-M,to proprietary models such as Sigfoxand Ingenu RPMA. However, when it comes to long range, low battery, low cost, open-sourceapplications there’s another very strong competitor currently being developed specifically without the need of cellular or WiFi technologies: LoRa.Short for Long Range.LoRamodulation is a patented technology that allows for very long ranges (around 1 to 10 miles) of wireless reception due to its robust radio sensitivity of -137 dBm to -148 dBm. Specifically designed from the ground up for small data, very low energy consumption of battery operated devices that can last 5, 10 or more years on a single charge, LoRa uses a very small factor for increased efficiency that can be used indoors as well, along with highly end-to-end secure transmission mechanisms such as AES-128. Although the physical (PHY) modulation used to connect sensors to LoRa receivers(commonly referred to as LoRa gateways, ‘concentrators’, ‘base stations’ or ‘access points’), isa patented and proprietary technology owned by the SemtechCorporation, the use of such wireless technology and its application to the wider area realm, referred to as LoRaWAN,isroyalty-free, license-freeand open-sourcedand standardizedby the LoRa Alliance, making it one of the world’s most popular long range wide area networks’ technologies used by engineers, enthusiasts and commercial entities alike.rédwireless has chosen LoRaWANas its technology of choice for current and future Smart Wireless and IoT projects. For this purpose we are co-founders of the The Things Network Detroit Community Group, the first of its kind here in the Greater Detroitarea, based on a global initiative by dutch LoRaWAN‘powerhouse’ The Things Network, or TTNfor short, in order to promote and develop an open-sourced worldwide LoRaWAN collaborative network for the Internet of Things.rédwireless has also invested heavily on R&D(Research & Development) over the last years, testing, proving (anddisproving) what works and what doesn’t : from sensors, devices, gateways, network providers, application platforms and solution providers. Our ‘thinking outside the [IoT] box’mentality has allowed us to be in a privileged position to know (and offer) what truly works - which yields in sound and cost effective solutions to our clients and partners!If you would like to know more about these and all other IoT and Smart solutions, Proof of Concepts( PoC)and current/future projects, please drop us an e-mail below and we’ll get back to you asap!