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LoRa Alliance IntroducesZero-Touch Device Provisioned Using QR Codes

By CIOReview | Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The new QR codes facilitate zero-touch onboarding by allowing network acceptance of LoRaWAN devices via automated information exchange.

FREMONT, CA: The LoRa Alliance, a global group of companies promoting the open LoRaWAN standard for the Internet of Things (IoT) Low-Power Broadband Networks (LPWANs), launched its LoRaWAN System Recognition QR Codes for Automated Onboarding, which simplifies and accelerate the management of the LoRaWAN network. The new QR codes provide all the identification information needed to connect devices to the network.

"One of the LoRa Alliance's key goals is to simplify LoRaWAN deployments," said Donna Moore, CEO, and Chairwoman, LoRa Alliance. Implementing QR code-based network management offers tremendous advantages by automating a previously manual process. These benefits build on our recent enhancements of the LoRaWAN 1.0.4 specification, which now provides every element needed for easy development, certification testing, and deployment of LoRaWAN. This commitment to ease of use is a strategic goal of the LoRa Alliance and is key to achieving massive IoT globally."

The new QR codes facilitate zero-touch onboarding by allowing network acceptance of LoRaWAN devices via automated information exchange. QR codes can now be printed on devices and contain all relevant device and vendor data, pre-formatted to guarantee standardized input to the vendor's network management system. The new QR codes use industry-agreed standards to process information, letting members implement a fast, quick, secure, and interoperable method of optical reading on a device. This feature significantly improves the deployment experience while drastically speeding up the onboard process.

"As the LoRaWAN ecosystem grows, the alliance is constantly working to identify and implement approaches to accelerate deployments," said AlperYegin, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Technical Committee, LoRa Alliance, and Director of Advanced Technology Development at Actility. "As massive IoT is ramping up and the number of IoT devices being deployed accelerates, we identified a clear need to streamline the device provisioning process to replace the existing manual one. The Technical Committee has developed the QR code approach to support the continued growth of LoRaWAN and the market need for true zero touch deployments."

Each member of the LoRa Alliance is assigned a dedicated vendor ID. The use of codes gives members a strategic edge in the marketplace by simplifying business processes and driving sales, thanks to increased ease of use. It also allows for competitive distinction, as only members of the LoRa Alliance can make use of the new onboarding process. These merchant IDs initially support the QR code feature and will further standardize LoRaWAN deployments for future applications. QR codes are only one of the many advantages of becoming a member of the LoRa Alliance.