LoRa Alliance announces global IoT roaming, device deployment LoRaWAN specs

October 19, 2017 //By Rich Pell
The LoRa Alliance (San Ramon, CA) - the association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN standard for Internet of Things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) - has released its latest technical specifications.

Announced at the organization's ninth All Members Meeting in Suzhou, China, the latest specification releases include roaming and separation of backend nodes, which will enable IoT devices to connect to and move between LPWANs around the world. According to the organization, this supports large-scale deployments and enables new global services such as cargo tracking - seen by the Alliance as critical to driving widespread adoption of the LoRaWAN protocol as the de facto standard for IoT connectivity.

"The importance of China in the global electronics supply chain is a key reason we are bringing the Alliance members together in Suzhou,” says Geoff Mulligan, chairman of the LoRa Alliance. "With today's specifications extending the reach of the LoRaWAN protocol, now is an ideal time to engage with our colleagues in China to address their market-specific requirements. Only through the collaboration of all of our global ecosystem in a single standard can we advance members' interests and drive the ongoing adoption of LoRaWAN technology."

The following specifications were officially announced at the event:

  • LoRaWAN 1.1 with support for handover roaming, and Class B, and security enhancements;
  • LoRaWAN Backend Interfaces 1.0 with support for decomposing the network into interoperable nodes, as required for inter-vendor roaming;
  • LoRaWAN 1.1 Regional Parameters rev. A, which describes region-specific radio parameters for LoRaWAN 1.1 end devices.