LoRa Basics software for accelerated IoT application development released

30 April 2019


Semtech has released free basic open source software building blocks to help developers bring LoRa-based applications to market faster.

Semtech, a supplier of high performance analogue & mixed signal semiconductors & advanced algorithms, has announced the release of LoRa Basics, software building blocks to help solution developers more rapily realise the return on investment (ROI) their customers demand. All LoRa Basics releases will be available as open source code via Semtech’s LoRa Developer Portal.

“To get LoRa-based solutions to market faster, developers can leverage Semtech’s free, supported and easy-to-use set of LoRa Basics,” said Steven Hegenderfer, Senior Director of the Developer Ecosystem in Semtech’s Wireless Sensing & Products Group. “LoRa Basics is fully compliant with LoRa Alliance and allows developers as well as enterprises to rapidly develop applications.”

The impetus behind LoRa Basics is to take the common LoRaWAN functions that all developers of end devices, gateways or LoRaWAN-based solutions must implement – and provide a free, supported set of open source software that is specification compliant. The building blocks represent best practices for the implementation of LoRaWAN-based technologies. Developers can then focus on developing their solutions, while getting their applications to market faster with less cost.

“There is a real need in the IoT market to simplify the development of IoT solutions and speed up deployments,” said Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO of IoT analyst firm, Beecham Research. “LoRa Basics is a welcome addition to the market that we believe will help to achieve this and assist developers in focusing more on new value adding opportunities.”

The first basic software building block, LoRa Basics Station, was announced and simultaneously released on GitHub in January 2019. LoRa Basics Station is a new LoRaWAN-based gateway packet forwarder, with secure and robust data communication and remote gateway management protocols, which are equally suitable to Linux-based gateways, as well as resource-constrained embedded gateways.

LoRa Basics MAC, the second basic building block, released today, provides the firmware an end-device developer needs to get LoRaWAN-based radios up and running. Next to a fully LoRaWAN-compliant protocol stack, it provides an event-driven run time with power management, timer handling and a flexible simulation environment with logical time to facilitate debugging and regression testing.

Future areas of focus for the LoRa Basics suite include firmware updates over the air (FUOTA), both on the end-device and on the backend server, as well as data science notebooks for offline performance analytics.

"As a long-time ASIC and electronics design-service provider and a leading manufacturer of wireless IoT products and systems, Miromico has long been looking for even better tools and methods to develop new products faster, easier and more reliably. Semtech's new LoRa Basics suite brings extensive improvements and much sought after functionality in one significant leap to LoRa-based nodes and gateways,” said Marcel Wappler, Head of IoT & LPWAN at Miromico. “LoRa Basics Mac is a very well engineered state-of-the-art generation 2.0 open source LoRaWAN stack with many advantages over previous stacks: greatly improved software quality and portability, significantly reduced memory footprint, separation of bootloader and application, and new tools for simulation and automatic testing of functionality and compliance. This enables Miromico to bring new innovative IoT products to market faster, easier, more reliably and more cost effectively.”

To make accessing these tools easy, all of the LoRa Basics elements will be available on Semtech’s LoRa Developer Portal, which will also provide access to a comprehensive suite of developer training, documentation, technical resources and community tools.

About Semtech’s LoRa devices & wireless RF technology
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. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site.

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