Nordic Automation Systems has been building prototypes on Badgerboard for the last six months, and is now launching the development kit on Kickstarter for early adopters to test different LoRaWAN applications without the need to buy expensive ready-to-use products. The development board has a battery charger and an antenna connector on board.
The company says it chose LoRaWAN (a protocol running on top of the LoRa radio) after extensive testing of many protocols and radios readily available on the market. Depending on the conditions of the surrounding environment the radio waves can reach from 1km to 3km in the urban area up to 10+ km in the rural areas. This can be done while powering the board with a small coin-sized battery.
The LoRa Alliance standardized protocol LoRaWAN includes security mechanisms (cryptography) straight out of the box. Data transportation and radio parameters are all handled by the LoRaWAN software, making it compatible with other devices/gateways/networks. The Badgerboard development board is available now for pre-order on Kickstarter for the early bird price of 40€.