Recently, LoRaWAN” target=”_blank”>LoRaWAN® was formally approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as a low-power wide area network (LPWAN) communication standard. The standard is called “ITU-TY. 4480 Recommendation: Wide Area Wireless “Network Low Power Protocol” is formulated by the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Department (ITU-T).
In today’s mobile communications field, the development of global standards will greatly promote the development of the industry. The International Telecommunication Union is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for information and communication technology (ICT). It sets technical standards to ensure the seamless interconnection of networks and technologies. Just as the ITU previously recognized 3GPP technology as a global 5G technical standard, which has greatly promoted the development of the 5G network, terminal, and chip industry, the approval of the international standard for LoRaWAN this time will also inject strong momentum into the global development of LoRa®.
LoRaWAN, an open IoT communication standard
The global Internet of Things is developing rapidly, driving a blowout growth in the number of device connections. The communication technology of the Internet of Things can be divided into two categories: short-range wireless local area network and low-power wireless wide area network (LPWAN). The former includes the well-known Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, etc., while the latter LPWAN is mainly suitable for long-distance, low-bandwidth, low-power consumption, and a large number of connection requirements Internet of Things application scenarios. LoRa is a representative technology of LPWAN.
LoRa is a long-distance, low-power, and easy-to-deploy wireless radio frequency communication technology. In recent years, it has continued to grow rapidly around the world and has become one of the mainstream IoT communication technologies. As of December 2021, more than 2.7 million LoRa-based gateways and more than 280 million LoRa-based terminal nodes have been deployed worldwide. It is estimated that by 2026, 50% of LPWAN IoT solutions will use LoRa.
In order to better develop LoRa technology, Semtech has previously established the LoRa Alliance (LoRa Alliance®) with a number of manufacturers to promote the standardization of LoRa technology and the construction of industrial ecology. LoRaWAN is a communication standard formulated, certified and promoted by the LoRa Alliance. It has a high degree of openness and international recognition, and has developed into a global standard for operator-level IoT LPWAN secure connections. At present, more than 163 network operators worldwide have deployed the LoRaWAN standard, providing connectivity services in 177 countries and regions, and the coverage is still expanding.
Approved international standards, an important milestone in the development of LoRa
LoRaWAN has been widely recognized by the global IoT community since its development. The promulgation of “ITU-T Recommendations” marks that LoRaWAN has taken a step forward from the de facto standard of the global Internet of Things and has become a wireless communication standard recognized by the International Telecommunication Union.
The LoRaWAN L2 communication specification (version 1.0.4) has now been transformed into an ITU specification, supporting chip-to-cloud communication, becoming the first LPWAN standard certified as an ITU-T Recommendation (standard). As an important milestone in the development of LoRa, the approval not only affirms the development achievements of LoRa technology and ecology, but also proves the application prospects of LoRa in the Internet of Things market.
In addition, the promulgation of the “ITU-T Recommendation” is inseparable from the close collaboration between the LoRa Alliance and the International Telecommunication Union. Approved organizations. Just as the International Telecommunication Union previously recognized the 3GPP standard as a 5G standard, which has greatly promoted the development of related industries and ecology, the approval of LoRaWAN will undoubtedly promote the LoRa ecosystem and the global commercial use to usher in new growth.
LoRa is accelerating domestically, and new use cases continue to emerge
Intelligent networking is accelerating the digital reshaping of industries, commerce, and automobiles, and the new crown epidemic has accelerated this transformation. Thanks to the strong demand for IoT technology from industry and commerce, more and more vertical industries are accelerating the introduction of IoT communication technologies such as LoRa. In China, LoRa has not only achieved sustained growth in the traditional water meter market, but also achieved double-speed growth in some emerging IoT vertical markets and industrial applications. The following is an introduction to some emerging applications:
The new crown epidemic is still spreading globally. In the past two years, LoRa technology has been widely used in epidemic prevention and control and smart medical care. LoRa ecosystem partners have developed solutions such as smart body temperature monitoring, home isolation and epidemic prevention monitoring, which are efficient and real-time It monitors epidemic prevention dynamics and optimizes community health services; at the same time, smart medical equipment and instrument management solutions based on LoRa technology also optimize the allocation of medical resources through sensing and control technology, improve efficiency, and create safety guarantees for medical staff.
In response to climate change, sustainable development has also attracted much attention in recent years. In the agricultural field, LoRa is widely used in smart agriculture scenarios due to its low power consumption, wide coverage, and easy deployment. It is used for smart irrigation, animal husbandry and aquaculture, etc., while increasing the output of agriculture, animal husbandry and fishery, It also saves a lot of labor and reduces the adverse impact on the environment. In the power field, LoRa not only assists the digital transformation of traditional power plants, but also supports wind power and photovoltaic power plant control and data collection to improve system efficiency. It is also used in applications such as smart power distribution, energy monitoring systems, and car charging piles.
In addition, LoRa has been increasingly used in smart parks, smart buildings, and smart campuses in recent years to support the positioning and tracking of personnel and assets, as well as the realization of smart fire protection, smart lighting, smart door and window security and personnel entry management, Smart parking and other applications. At the same time, with the development of LoRa technology in the indoor consumer-level field, its application also extends to consumer fields such as smart homes.
LoRa has entered a new stage of development, and future growth can be expected
The openness and standardization of communication standards are critical to achieving large-scale interoperability. Just like the development of Wi-Fi that year, the approval of international standards will accelerate the development of LoRa technology and chips, as well as innovative Internet of Things applications at home and abroad. The demand for LoRaWAN hardware in foreign markets is also expected to increase, which will bring opportunities for Chinese companies to expand overseas markets.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has 193 member states worldwide, and 900 members including companies, universities, and members of international and regional organizations. LoRaWAN’s approval of the ITU standard will further promote ITU members to understand the LoRa technology and LoRaWAN standard, as well as its application potential in smart cities and digital transformation. At present, the Intellectual Property Policy (IPR) of the LoRa Alliance is consistent with that of the ITU. ITU members can use LoRaWAN as a member of the LoRa Alliance for free and open source after applying.
It is foreseeable that the development momentum of LoRa will be even stronger in the future. Semtech will continue to promote the innovation of LoRa technology and chips, strengthen R&D, technical services and supply chain support, help customers grasp market opportunities, work with ecological partners, better support the development of IoT applications, and build a smarter, interconnected Sustainable world.
About Semtech LoRa® platform
Semtech’s LoRa device-to-cloud (Device-to-Cloud) platform is a long-distance, low-power IoT application solution that has been widely adopted around the world. It can quickly develop and deploy ultra-low power consumption and high cost performance globally. , Long-range IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products and IoT services. Semtech’s LoRa devices provide the communication layer for the LoRaWAN® protocol, which is opened and maintained by the LoRa Alliance®; the LoRa Alliance is an IoT industry alliance for low-power wide area network (LPWAN) applications. Its members have exceeded More than 100 countries and regions have deployed IoT networks. Semtech is one of the founding members of the LoRa Alliance.
Semtech Corporation (Semtech semiconductor) is the world’s leading supplier of semiconductor solutions, providing high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products and advanced algorithms for infrastructure, high-end consumer and industrial equipment. Its product design aims to benefit the engineering field and even the global community. The company is committed to reducing the impact of itself and its products on the environment. The company’s internal green projects reduce waste through material and manufacturing process control, the use of green technology, and resource-saving designs. Semtech went public in 1967, and its stock symbol on the Nasdaq Global Select Market is SMTC.