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By Rich Handley

Ayyeka Announces LoRa Support for IoT Gateway

Ayyeka has announced that its Wavelet Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gateway device now supports LoRa, a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) protocol. With the addition of the optional LoRa module, operators will be able to collect near-real-time data from locations with limited traditional cellular network infrastructure, or none at all.

The Wavelet enables the plug-and-play connection of industrial sensors to monitoring and control applications, such as SCADA systems, allowing the creation of smart infrastructure networks. The LoRa network allows operators to collect data from sensors in remote and challenging locations where traditional cellular networks do not have coverage, such as oilfields and wastewater networks. Because LoRa networks operate over the unlicensed part of the radio spectrum, operators can set up and operate their own IoT-suitable communications channel.

The LoRa-supporting Wavelet is being made available to customers in every sales territory in which Ayyeka sells Wavelets, including North America and EMEA. To date, the company has sold more than 500 LoRa-enabled devices, including those purchased for a large-scale project in Italy. The LoRa module is being made available as an add-on to the Wavelet and is not included by default.

"LoRa is an important addition to our offering," said Tal Avrahami, Ayyeka's senior product manager, in a prepared statement. "There are significant advantages in performance and reliability of Wavelet devices using both LoRa and cellular connectivity."

With low-power LoRa modules, operators have the ability to transmit data in near-real-time while consuming less battery power, the company reports. Cellular communications can be utilized to handle tasks requiring a larger downlink payload, including changing device configurations and applying firmware upgrades. Using both technologies in unison also improves communications redundancy, the company adds, in order to help ensure the visibility of critical assets.

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