Soft Modem and Reference Design Simplify LoRa IoT Platform

November 11, 2020 Rich Nass

Semtech recently announced two enabling solutions for its LoRa Edge platform: the LoRa Basics Modem-E and the LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design. The Modem-E is a software modem that leverages the LoRaWAN protocol for the LoRa Edge platform that runs inside the LoRa Edge transceiver. The reference design is a device-to-Cloud commercial grade reference solution for asset tracking applications.

LoRa Basics Modem-E, which forms part of the LoRa Basics library of software tools and solution accelerators, complies with the LoRaWAN protocol and is designed to run on the LoRa Edge hardware platform. The reference design incorporates LoRa Edge hardware with the LoRa Basics Modem-E software modem in an industrial sensor that also integrates LoRa Cloud services. The result is a ready-to-deploy platform for asset tracking. Applications that can immedietly take advantage of these capabilities include transportation, logistics and supply chain, cities and building infrastructure, home and communities, healthcare, agriculture, food services, and a wealth of other use cases.

LoRa Basics Modem-E embedded software, which will be tested and maintained by Semtech along with the latest versions of the LoRaWAN protocol, supports AES 128-bit encryption and enables the secure connection of sensors to any LoRaWAN compliant gateway. In addition, as a fully-certified production-ready modem, LoRa Basics Modem-E fast tracks the LoRa Alliance certification process, further accelerating time-to-market. LoRa Basics Modem-E also has APIs to easily integrate with Semtech’s LoRa Cloud Geolocation and LoRa Cloud Device & Application Services, including GNSS almanac updates, further simplifying solution development. More information is available in the LoRa Developer Portal.

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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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