M2M and IoT device manufacturer Multi-Tech Systems has announced that its MultiConnect mDot, a LoRaWAN ready, LPWAN (low-power, wide area network) RF module, is now fully certified by the LoRa Alliance. The LoRaWAN certification process was conducted at the Espotel’s laboratory in Jyväskylä, Finland.
New certification ensures that MultiConnect mDot formally complies with the LoRaWAN specifications and is compatible with LoRaWAN networks.
MultiConnect mDots are powerful radios using the new Semtech LoRa, low power, wide area RF modulation. MultiTech said its MultiConnect mDots bring intelligence, reduced complexity and BOM cost to the very edge of the network by running ARM's mbed OS on a low power ARM Cortex-M4 series processor.
Customers integrating the mDot into their final design can now leverage the modules CE, FCC and LoRaWAN certifications. By reusing these regulatory and industry approvals to skip the complex radio testing demanded by authorities and the industry, vendors of LoRa end devices can significantly de-risk costly delays achieving complex global approvals for their device.
LoRa is a wireless technology developed to enable low data rate communications over long distances utilising sensors and actuators for M2M and IoT applications. It is particularly attractive for many applications because of its long-range capability, ability to enable battery operated assets to function for years, and its low cost/high ROI benefits.
LoRa’s advantages consist of its long range, low power consumption, good data security, and good ability to penetrate obstacles. In addition, it is completely bidirectional, enabling remote control applications.