About LoRA Technology

The number of connected IoT devices is expected to reach 125 billion by 2030, wireless technologies that support them are also continuing to get a good deal of attention. LoRA is a type of low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) one of the important communications technology which is becoming increasingly used. This article will explain more about its strengths and weaknesses.

LoRa is a non-cellular modulation technology for LoRaWAN. (The same BPSK or QPSK is the modulation of NB-IoT.) The terms—LoRa and LoRaWAN—aren’t interchangeable: LoRaWAN is the standard protocol for WAN communications and LoRa is used as a wide area network technology.
LoRa is used primarily in two ways:

One is LoRaWAN, which has been deployed mainly in Europe. It has small message size capacity, as low as 12 bytes.

LoRa represents a great radio network for IoT solutions and has better link budgets than other comparable radio technologies. But with the exception of a few markets in Europe, connecting to LoRaWAN networks—or to use LoRa you need to deploy your own network gateway before doing so.



That may seem like a negative, but it actually makes LoRa a suitable alternative option to WiFi for low-power devices that need to be connected around a building, such as a manufacturing plant or warehouse. It is likely that IT department would not approve of putting a third-party device on its own network due to security issues. Setting up your own gateway alows you to create a completely separate and secure network. It’s the only technology capable of being used as a “do-it yourself” set up; any company has the freedom to build and implement their own connected device’s wherever its possible to put up a gateway.

Advantages of LoRA

It is ideal for single-building applications.

You can install and manage your own network.

LoRa is an option if you require bidirectionality, such as, command and control functionality, this is because of the symmetric link.

LoRa devices work well when they are traveling, which makes them useful for tracking moving assets, such as traking delivery vehicals.

LoRa devices outperform NB-IoT devices in battery life performance.

Disadvantages of LoRA

Lower data rates than NB-IoT.

LORA has a longer inital conection time than NB-IoT.

It requires a gateway to work, however this can also be an advantage when building a secure network.

Useful Applications

Smart Buildings




Access controls

Alarm systems

Smart City



Waste management

City planning

Traffic management

Environment and Agriculture

Air quality monitoring

Livestock tracking and monitoring

Autonomous farming

Livestock health 


Predictive maintenance

Logistics management

Hazard prevention

Productivity monitoring

Quality control 



IronLink LoRa is an industrial Low-Power, Long Range LoRa® transceiver

with GPS capabilities. A Rugged LoRaWAN Development Board for challenging

applications. Integrated battery management, GPS and Fault Detection.

    A rugged solution to your IoT needs

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