LoRa Alliance Issues Best Practices Documents to Standardize and Boost LoRaWAN Network Implementation
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LoRa Alliance Issues Best Practices Documents to Standardize and Boost LoRaWAN Network Implementation

By CIOReview | Thursday, May 6, 2021

New Gateway Test and Measurement Guidelines on Radio Coexistence issues and solutions facilitate ease of deployment of LoRaWAN networks.

FREMONT, CA: The LoRa Alliance, the global association of firms backing the open LoRaWAN standard for IoT low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), issues two best practices documents to standardize and boost LoRaWAN network implementation. The latest guidelines for LoRaWAN gateways offer recommendations for what and how to gauge RF performance to standardize and boost deployments. The new white paper reviews considerations for implementing gateways outdoors and recommends best practices to reduce interference.

This year is all about scale. The LoRa Alliance has been laser-focused on innovations to the LoRaWAN standard that make implementation seamless, vital for achieving mass scaling. Following these guidelines and best practices offers confidence in gateway performance and simplify deployments to help users get  LoRaWAN networks up and running rapidly with optimal performance. LoRa Alliance thanks Michel Gilbert from founding and board member firm Kerlink for his expertise and support in developing the white paper.

The Test and Measurement Guidelines standardize RF measurements for LoRaWAN gateways. Following the latest guidelines helps rapid deployments by ensuring all gateways are tested in the same method. This, in turn, enables users to validate the testing more seamlessly and compare results between gateways, thereby simplifying operational evaluations and network planning for deployment.

The White Paper on Radio Coexistence problems and Solutions shows the phenomenon which could create desensitization of the LoRaWAN gateways and recommendations to limit it. LoRaWAN gateways may require collocation with radio systems such as cellular base stations or TV emitters for many applications. This paper evaluates the potential issues and offers guidance on deploying LoRaWAN gateways to avoid interference from out-of-band and in-band sources. Knowing the potential issues and addressing them upfront ensures networks can be implemented quickly and with optimal performance.