It’s safe to say that The Lava Group has a LoRa, LoRa love for LoRa Technology at the moment.
It was heralded as the future of the Internet of Things (IOT) not so long ago, and now the future is here.
This improved standard of wireless technology is supporting a new generation of IoT devices and allowing for the creation of a Wide Area Network which works in a similar way to traditional WiFi.
LoRa stands for Long Range Radio and it has been designed for machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT networks.
Currently there are products in the pipeline for industry and consumer use across the healthcare, agriculture, environment and retail industries. LoRa is also making its way into our homes – meaning that our appliances are about to get even smarter with advanced heating, security and lighting systems that can provide remote access to users.
The best bit of LoRa? It’s characterised by low power consumption which makes it particularly suitable for battery powered devices that need minimal human interaction.
Removing the need for regular human maintenance is one of the major attractions of LoRa. It enables devices to be left unattended for long periods, allowing them to collect data in the background of our lives, ensuring the information or ability to communicate is there when we need it.
The LoRa powered IoT market is forecast to grow significantly in the coming years, making the world more connected than ever before.
As this technology has grown in its capabilities, The Lava Group has been beavering away in the background working with LoRa to develop a smart lifebuoy enclosure which monitors the presence of the buoy and throw rope.
Sentry uses a self-calibrating sensor unit, offering reliable status updates that report if life-saving equipment has been removed or vandalised. Data is securely exchanged to a server computer, where the lifebuoy status can be viewed on a PC, laptop or mobile device.
For any sceptics who think the Internet of Things is no more than a buzzword, systems like Sentry show that, with the right technology, the Internet of Things can have a positive impact on society and even save lives too.
For more information on Sentry visit www.lavamonitoring.com.