The supplier is Pi Supply, who we’ve covered before on Gadget Master – see A tip of the hat to the Raspberry Pi Flick HAT – and they highlight their boards should reduce both the price of the necessary hardware and the setup time required for such systems.
LoRa communications send small amounts of data over very long distances using long range radio and low power, making it a contender for IoT service.
We’re talking communicating with sensors such as for weather monitoring, air quality monitoring, smart home controlling, etc. Think smart parking systems, perhaps, or smart recycling bins…
It’s a KickStarter campaign and there are three boards: IoT LoRa Gateway HAT, IoT LoRa Node pHAT and IoT micro:bit LoRa Node.
IoT LoRa Gateway HAT
But let’s drill down into detail on the IoT LoRa Gateway HAT that builds an inexpensive LoRa gateway (compatible with The Things Network) that works with a Raspberry Pi, or other single board computer.
Pictured is the IoT LoRa Gateway HAT on a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. The Pi Supply team writes:
Our IoT LoRa Gateway HAT allows you to create an inexpensive LoRa gateway, compatible with The Things Network, in conjunction with a Raspberry Pi or other single board computers. The HAT allows you to set up your IoT LoRa gateway in minutes rather than hours for a third of the price of traditional gateways.
The IoT LoRa Gateway HAT utilises the RAKWireless RAK833 mPCIe LoRa gateway concentrator module which is based on Semtech SX1301 LoRa technology and provides a fully LoRaWAN Compliant gateway listening on 8 channels at the same time.
The HAT is available in two different frequency variations, dependent on your country: 868 MHz or 915 MHz.
- Low power consumption
- Fully soldered and assembled
- Plug onto your Raspberry Pi, install our software and you’re ready to go! No waiting for software compiling
- HAT form factor means that it is more compact than other solutions on the market
- Industrial standard reliability
- Suitable for low power wireless sensor network applications such as irrigation systems, smart metering, smart cities, home automation etc.
- Real time monitoring
“A LoRa gateway – such as our IoT Hat – is the piece of hardware in a Lora WAN network that enables you to send and r”eceive data packets from a lora node – such as our IoT LoRa pHAT or Micro:bit LoRa Node – you can then send the data to a cloud software platform such as The Things Network, and use a Raspberry Pi to manipulate that data as you see fit,” says Pi Supply.
At time of writing, they have raised £15,796 in pledges – from 129 backers – towards their £25,000 goal. There are 25 days to go.