Lora Alliance All Member Meeting & Open house took place in Rotterdam this week. The board of alliance acknowledged Espotel and IMST as the first official certification test houses.
The LoRa Alliance Launches the LoRaWAN™ Certification Program End Device Interoperability to Enable Global Scalability for the IoT
SAN RAMON, Calif. - November 10th, 2015 - The LoRa Alliance is one of
the fastest growing Internet of Things (IoT) alliances. It has drawn
over 130 members since March 2015 and today announced the launch of the
LoRaWAN™ Certification Program. The launch announcement was made at the
3rd European Open House Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and will
ensure interoperability between end devices and LoRaWAN™ networks.
The LoRa® Alliance has a mission to ensure that the open LoRaWAN™
specification for secure, carrier grade, low power wide area networks
(LPWAN) will enable all end devices to behave in a predetermined way
when connected to a LoRaWAN™ network and interoperate with all gateway
products. The Certification Program will provide assurance to end
customers that their application-specific end devices will operate on
any LoRaWAN™ network, which is a crucial requirement for the global
deployment of the IoT using LPWANs.
The scope of the Certification Program will be to confirm that the end
device meets the functional requirements of the LoRaWAN™ protocol
specification, and will include a suite of tests that are specified in
the LoRa® Alliance End Device Certification Requirements document.
A device manufacturer must be a member the LoRa® Alliance to be LoRa®
Certified and must use one of the accredited LoRa® Certification test
houses to do the functional protocol testing.
On completion of the tests the results will be listed on the LoRa®
Alliance website, and upon compliance a LoRa® Certification certificate
will be issued by the LoRa® Alliance. All LoRaWAN™ Certified devices
will be listed on the Alliance website and there will not be a fee for
the listing. The LoRa® Certified end devices are listed in a product
catalogue and a portal on the website to enable visibility will be
available by year end.
"This is a major milestone for the LoRa® Alliance in the adoption of
LoRa® technology as a mature standard and will enable end device
manufactures to have fully compliant LoRaWAN™ Certified products. The
certified device will also ensure quick and easy integration into any
LoRaWAN™ network," said Derek Hunt, System Solutions Director at Semtech
and Certification Committee Chair for the LoRa® Alliance.
Two LoRa® Alliance members, IMST and Espotel, both respected test
houses, have already implemented test suites to perform the testing and
are accredited by the LoRa® Alliance. Both companies also offer RF or
regulatory compliance testing and additional services for the end
devices if required.
"LoRa® is one of the most promising radio technologies for IoT solutions
and we see plenty of great opportunities for this technology in
Industry, utilities and logistics. Espotel provides engineering
services, laboratory services and entire IoT systems, including cloud
services, for customers willing to create LoRa® based services and
solutions," said Espotel CEO Kari Liuska.
"The LoRa® technology provides ultra-long range spread spectrum
communication and high interference immunity whilst minimizing current
consumption. Nevertheless, the individual device needs to be tested to
ensure compliance to the LoRaWAN™ specification, enabling a smooth
integration into bigger networks. IMST is working with LoRa® for more
than three years and provides first-class LoRa® solutions for customers
all over the world," said IMST Head of Test Centre Markus Ridder.
About LoRa Alliance
LoRa® Alliance is an open, non-profit association of members who believe
the Internet of Things era is now. Our mission is to standardize Low
Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) to enable the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Alliance members collaborate to drive the global success of the
LoRaWAN ™ secure, carrier grade protocol by sharing knowledge and
experience to guarantee interoperability between operators in one open
global standard. Now having gained over 130 members since March 2015,
with nine announced operator networks and 56 operator networks in
trials, it is the most widely deployed LPWAN technology.
The technology utilized in a LoRaWAN™ network is designed to connect
low-cost, battery-operated sensors over long distances in harsh
environments that were previously too challenging or cost prohibitive to
connect. With its unique penetration capability, a LoRa® gateway
deployed on a building or tower can connect to sensors more than 10
miles away or to water meters deployed underground or in basements. The
LoRaWAN™ protocol offers unique and unequaled benefits in terms of
bi-directionality, security, mobility and accurate localization that are
not addressed by other LPWAN technologies. These benefits will enable
the diverse use cases and business models that will enable deployments
of LPWAN IoT networks globally.
Espotel is a leading provider of R&D services for embedded systems,
industrial internet applications and test systems for industrial,
telecom, medical and defense technology sectors. Positioned at the edge
of new technology with such leading technology partners as IBM, ARM and
National Instruments, and with strong roots in the development of
electronic devices and systems, Espotel has created a wide international
customer base. Espotel has offices in Finland, Poland and Sweden. Today
Espotel employs about 300 professionals in the field of electronics,
embedded systems and industrial internet development. With a turnover of
25 million euros in 2014, the company is showing continuous growth and
profitability, enabling the development of technological expertise and
excellence at customer service. www.espotel.com
IMST GmbH is a leading design house and development center for wireless
modules, communication systems, chip design, antennas, EDA software, and
regulatory certification using an in-house accredited/certified
regulatory test center. IMST offers both standard products such as
radio modules with hardware/software as well as complete system and
product design. Individualized support during every phase of product
development including wireless technologies, from initial consulting to
series production is one of the unique selling propositions of IMST. For
more information, visit http://www.imst.com