IoT, the Lingua Franca of Smart Cities, Releases New Standards


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When IoT devices connect to a network, they rely on LoRa (Long Range), specifically LoRaWAN, a cloud based protocol allowing multi-point connections for IoT communications. The LoRa Alliance, reports, has released its updated list of standards for the LPWA (Low Power, Wide Area) system that is the starting point for all IoT interfaces. The LoRaWAN TS1-1.0.4 Link Layer (L2) Specification, it says, will facilitate LoRaWAN deployments globally. 

CEO and Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance, Donna Moore, said, “I am proud to announce we have achieved this goal with the release of the LoRaWAN TS1-1.0.4 specification…to ensure it would provide every element needed for easy development, certification testing and deployment.” 

Creating a baseline will give a developer the chance to verify that its product meets LoRaWAN certification requirements. Checking the new LoRaWAN Certification Test Tool, means that a product can be evaluated prior to formal certification. Though LoRaWAN is not the only LPWAN available, it does appear in approximately one-third of the world’s IoT exchanges. IoT Analytics has said that it expects the IoT market to grow by 42 percent over the next five years, highlighting the value of standardization.

In addition, the latest update to the LoRaWAN TS1-1.0.4 L2 Specification addressed clarifications to improve LoRaWan system interoperability. It also aims to simplify the development and deployment of LoRaWan networks, as well as their management. Security features have also been fine-tuned.

 The new LoRaWAN TS1-1.0.4 package can be download here.  

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