The three new specifications support and standardize firmware updates over the air (FUOTA) – a capability, says the organization, that is unique to LoRaWAN among low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs). The ability to update devices remotely is critical for the IoT, where many sensors are in remote or difficult locations to reach but may require updating, says the organization, and the new specifications allow the LoRa Alliance ecosystem to perform FUOTA in a standardized way.
Along with the specification announcement, the organization also reported significant growth in deployments and certification, with an increase of more than 50% in the number of LoRaWAN-certified products compared to this time last year.
"Continued development of standard specifications for the LoRaWAN protocol is key to enabling interoperability between end-device providers and network providers," says Donna Moore, CEO & Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. "The new specifications showcase how our members collaborate to continuously advance LoRaWAN. The rapid uptick of LoRaWAN-Certified products validates that the market stands behind the need for IoT devices that deliver a proof of quality."