Czech telecoms firm tests LoRa tech for IoT


Czech telecommunications company České Radiokomunikace (ČRa) has chosen Semtech Corporation to test LoRa communications technology for its first IoT pilot programme.

The LoRa wireless RF technology was tested under real life conditions for various use cases including indoor, and outdoor with direct visibility through building walls and underground.

Earlier this year, ČRa partnered with RWE GasNet and Softlink to develop a LoRa-based solution that attempted to demonstrate the long reach, low power consumption and low operational costs of LoRa technology for applications such as smart metering.

The pilot also demonstrated the signal quality and reach to inside and outside facilities, reports M2M World News.

Petr Sichrovský, commercial director at ČRa, said: “The LoRa technology and LoRaWAN results were significantly better than the alternative available technologies we evaluated, which opens up a wide field of use.

“The Internet of Things will significantly contribute to making a wide spectrum of human activities more efficient and will make everyday life simpler.”

LoRa for IoT

Vice president of System Business Development for Semtech’s Wireless, Sensing and Timing Product Group, Jaap Groot, said that ČRa wants to provide smart city infrastructure for its partners, and found that LoRa technology and LoRaWAN protocol are suitable for its IoT deployments.

ČRa aims to cater to IoT development throughout the country and region and provide nationwide coverage and a high-performance cloud computing data center.

According to M2M World News: “The pilot network, developed by ČRa for RWE GasNet and Softlink, uses pulse sensors on the RWE gas pipeline to capture data that is then sent via the LoRa radio network into the ČRa cloud.”

The LoRa pilot operation has been implemented in Prague and surrounding suburbs. ČRa expects to launch the network by the end of 2015.