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Boost your IoT project with the right communication technology

Learn more about LoRa, Sigfox and BLE

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Nowadays there are several communication technologies existing. With such a range, it is often difficult to find the perfect fit for your needs. In this blog article we are going to present you LoRa, Sigfox and BLE and their advantages, use cases and opportunities. Bring your IoT project to the next level!

LoRa

LoRaWAN is the right technology if you are looking for a wireless and secure communication solution that allows for penetrating structures such as buildings. It is a low power wide area network that provides robust long-range communication between sensors on the field and radio network stations. The range can vary between 40 km in rural areas and 3 km in urban areas, depending on your gateway performance. Furthermore, LoRa has a deep indoor penetration e.g. building automation equipment in basements. In contrast to Bluetooth, Sigfox etc. it has individual reach versus bandwith adjustment via spreading factor named adaptive data rate. All this can be found in private and public networks such as “The Things Network”.

Use Cases:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Smart City
  • Industrial Monitoring and Control
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart City
  • Guided Parking
  • Law Enforcement
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Cross Domain Development Kit (XDK) with LoRa extension

You can experience your possibilities with LoRa with two devices in our Portfolio. There is on the one hand our Cross Domain Development Kit (XDK) with its LoRa-Extension and on the other hand the Parking Lot Sensor (PLS). With the XDK LoRa-extension you can connect your XDK to a LoRa network. Take advantage of measuring data with 8 different sensors and connect the data via LoRa to your backend. The PLS will be launched soon and is designed to detect with the highest reliability if a parking space is occupied or available. This information is then transferred to your backend via LoRa, and as you can see on our use cases there are various possibilities to use it.

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Sigfox

One of the biggest advantage of Sigfox is its low power consumption that allows battery powered sensors to operate for long periods of time. This is resulting in low operating costs over the lifetime of the sensors. Furthermore, Sigfox offers a low power wide area network “key turn” technology, that is provided by a professional network operator. Network coverage already exists in many countries and gives you the chance to connect your sensor nearly all over the world, without being distracted by national borders. In addition to that, roaming between the networks in different countries is also possible. In contrast to LoRa, Sigfox offers you everything from a single source. If required, Sigfox will supply you with the appropriate gateway directly.

Use Cases:

  • Home & Building Automation
  • Industrial Monitoring and Control
  • Renewable Energy
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Smart City
  • Smart Grid
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The XDK Sigfox Extension offers exciting opportunities: You can exchange your data up to a range of 40km, which is a key distinction to similar technologies. You can take advantage of measuring data with 8 different XDK-sensors and send the data via Sigfox to your backend. This could bring your IoT project to the next level.

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is the low power technology with the highest market penetration. Nowadays every smartphone has BLE connectivity and can therefore communicate with the sensor devices. This gives you the opportunity to communicate with your devices without infrastructure. BLE enables a seamless transition from operation in the infrastructure (e.g. in the warehouse) to operation via smartphones (e.g. in Last Mile Transport). Its low energy consumption provides battery operation over many years. In addition, there are operating modes for creating a mesh between nodes and a long range to overcome greater distances. Besides an optional gateway infrastructure makes it possible to read out the sensor values without direct operation on the device.

  • Industrial Monitoring & Control
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Smart City
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Besides the Cross Domain Development Kit, you can experience BLE with our Transport Data Logger (TDL) and the Connected Industrial Sensor Solution (CISS). All of these sensors provide the chance to send your data via Bluetooth simple and easy to your backend, like your smartphone. These data can then be observed and evaluated within minutes.

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