What is it?
A LoRa™ beacon is a device designed for periodic signal transmission in LoRa™ (Long Range) technology-based wireless networks. It finds applications in location tracking, proximity sensing, and asset monitoring. This small yet powerful device broadcasts its unique identifier and other pertinent information at regular intervals. These signals are then captured by nearby gateway devices within the LoRaWAN® network.
How does it work?
A LoRa™ beacon functions by periodically transmitting signals containing location information using LoRa™ technology. These signals traverse long distances and are intercepted by nearby gateways in the LoRaWAN® network. The gateways forward the captured information to the server, allowing it to calculate the approximate location of the beacon based on the received signals.
Advantages of LoRa™ beacons
- Long range: LoRa™ beacons excel in long-distance signal transmission, ensuring communication viability even in remote locations.
- Low power consumption: These beacons boast low power requirements, enabling extended operational periods on a single battery charge.
- Cost-effectiveness: LoRa™ beacon devices offer a cost-effective solution compared to alternative location tracking technologies.
- Scalability: LoRaWAN® networks exhibit high scalability, accommodating numerous connected devices, making them ideal for applications requiring the tracking of multiple beacons.
Differences between LoRa™ beacons and LoRa™ sensors
- LoRa™ beacon: primarily dedicated to transmitting signals for location tracking purposes.
- LoRa™ sensor: focuses on measuring and collecting data from the environment or specific objects, transmitting this data over the LoRa™ network.
The primary distinction lies in the purpose of their transmissions: beacons focus on location tracking, while sensors concentrate on data collection. This differentiation makes them suitable for distinct applications within the broader landscape of LoRa™ based wireless networks.