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CES 2023: Using LoRa for asset tracking

21 December 2022

Murata has announced a new low-cost, low-power wide area network (LPWAN) wireless module that integrates Semtech’s long range (LoRa) devices for measurement of assets.

The target applications for this module include asset location, traceability, loss and theft prevention and recovery and inventory management.

The Murata solution combines Semtech’s LoRa Edge LR1110 transceiver IC and RF components and switch. The module also includes slow and fast clocks for LR110 IC operation and a low noise amplifier (LNA) for global navigation satellite system (GNSS) performance.

Other features of the device include:

  • Wide voltage range of 1.8 V to 3.6 V
  • Can be used in operating temperature range of -40° C to 85° C
  • Delivers long-distance coverage in the 860 MHz to 940 MHz range
  • A 22 dBm high power transmit path

In addition to LoRa, the device allows for long range-frequency hopping spread spectrum (LR-FHSS), Gaussian frequency shift keying (GFSK) transceiver modulation as well as GNSS, low power and 802.11bgn Wi-Fi passive scanning for geolocation purposes.

“Murata’s new module using the LoRa offering provides a next generation solution to help grow the ecosystem, including the LoRa Alliance,” said Akira Sasaki, general manager at Murata Manufacturing. “In collaboration with Semtech, this product allows faster time to market for asset tracking products.”

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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