The Things Industries announces support for Semtech’s LoRa Basics Station Packet Forwarder

Semtech Corp., supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced Thursday that The Things Industries will support Semtech’s LoRa Basics Station, new gateway packet forwarder, at the LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting in Berlin.

LoRa Basics Station features built-in security and eases the process of managing gateways, especially in large-scale deployments of LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology).

LoRa Basics Station offers enhanced security and remote configuration capabilities, and leverages secure web sockets to communicate with the LNS. LoRa Basics Station comes with a service to interact with gateways deployed in the field and avoids firewall issues when connecting the gateway to corporate networks.

Physical access is often required to update gateway firmware, change the network server provider or change frequency plan. LoRa Basics Station comes with a Configuration and Update Server (CUPS) to easily manage and update these settings, or remotely access an individual gateway through a secure shell session on the station.

The Things Industries is a full-service Internet of Things service provider, specializing in LoRaWAN-based communication. The Things Industries provides the required resources for realizing LoRa-based solutions, while helping to control costs and speed up time-to-market.

The enterprise-grade LoRaWAN Network Server meets all requirements for security, scalability and robustness. The Things Industries founded The Things Network, a global LoRaWAN data network with a set of open tools to build your next IoT application at low cost, featuring maximum security and ready to scale. Through robust end-to-end encryption, a secure and collaborative Internet of Things network is built that spans across 100+ countries around the globe. Now operating thousands of gateways providing coverage to millions of people.

Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide.

IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in 100 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, the fastest growing IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications.

As LoRaWAN-based networks are increasingly leveraged in environments with little to no Internet infrastructure, gateways filter unnecessary packets to reduce data costs via cellular or satellite connections. Class B device operations and Firmware Updates Over The Air (FOTA) require accurate time synchronization between end-devices and the network.

LoRa Basics Station synchronizes gateway clocks to allow network-wide coordination without GPS modules. This feature allows the receive window on the devices to briefly open, minimizing power consumption. All devices within a multicast group listen for incoming server messages simultaneously.

“The open source LoRa Basics Station packet forwarder lowers the barrier for companies to invest in Semtech’s LoRa Technology, as it simplifies the management of large-scale deployments,” said Johan Stokking, CTO of The Things Industries and co-founder of The Things Network. “The Things Industries is well aligned with Semtech in creating developer-friendly tools so developers can focus on optimizing their applications without having to dive into the technical, low-level functionality of the network.”

“The Things Industries’ support of LoRa Basics Station will accelerate the development of LoRa-based applications and pave the way for easier gateway management,” said Steve Hegenderfer, senior director of the developer ecosystem in Semtech’s Wireless Sensing and Products Group. “LoRa Basics is fully compliant with LoRa Alliance and allows developers as well as enterprises to rapidly develop their applications.”

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