Why is the LoRa Communication Method Important for Manufacturing?

With the adoption of Industry 4.0 across the board, numerous gadgets, particularly in the automobile industry's manufacturing processes, have begun to utilize communication technologies such as Bluetooth and WiFi. It is now possible to create data and offer data flows as a result of Industry 4.0's increased usage of technology rather than human labor.

According to a market analysis report on the Automotive Cyber Security Market, “The global automotive cybersecurity market size was valued at USD 1.44 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.4% until 2025.” 

The fact that more than one device can be connected to Bluetooth, and therefore each device can be connected to each other, adds complexity to the use of Bluetooth. In a warehouse with several bluetooth devices, for example, a person wearing a smartwatch and a mobile phone connects the two, but the connection is lost due to other existing ones.

In terms of health and security, as well as complexity, using too many devices in the same frequency band and broadcasting from these devices is an issue. Because of the metal density in manufacture, using Bluetooth lowers the range of connection. Bluetooth, which has a range of 10 meters to 1.5 kilometers, begins to break easily and has trouble connecting from a short distance.

Simultaneous broadcasting of numerous devices in the same frequency band is also a problem, particularly when data security and protection are required. Personal smartphones, watches, and work-related data collection devices all operate at the same frequency, posing a serious threat to data security.

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So how to overcome this?

New way of communication: LoRa

Long Range (LoRa) is a low-power wide-area network modulation technology developed by LoRa Networks. It is based on chirp spread spectrum (CSS) technology and spread spectrum modulation techniques. It was created by Cycleo of Grenoble, France.

Long-range transmissions with low power consumption are possible with LoRa. Other technologies and protocols, such as LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network), cover the top layers, whereas the technology covers the physical layer. Depending on the spreading factor, it can attain data speeds of 0.3 kbit/s to 27 kbit/s.

LoRa has a range of 2-20 kilometers and may be easily employed in industries such as car manufacturing where waste metal is used. Because of the connection's continuity and the fact that it operates at a distinct frequency, it plays a vital role in guaranteeing data security.

LoRa is a revolutionary wireless communication system that uses antennas that are as simple to install as WiFi. Thread in Motion's LoRa-compatible goods don't require any additional equipment or antenna because the charging unit doubles as an antenna.

It has become a widely used technology in various fields, especially in production, due to its fast data transfer, large bandwidth, and long-distance communication, in addition to its low power consumption. It only works with devices that use LoRa because it is not on the same frequency as smartwatches and smartphones. It delivers both rapid and secure data transfer, and it is ahead of other communication technologies, and also optimizes the processes.

If you would like to learn more about smart wearables of Thread in Motion, working with LoRa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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