STMicroelectronics and Objenious connecting IoT nodes to LoRa networks
By ElectronicsOnline Staff
Monday, 09 October, 2017
Semiconductor company and LoRa Alliance board member STMicroelectronics is working together with Internet of Things (IoT) specialist Objenious, a founding member of the alliance, to accelerate the connection of IoT nodes to LoRa networks.
LoRaWAN is a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) based on LoRa technology that is enabling the creation of networks of connected devices for IoT applications. The benefits of LoRa especially suit applications where nodes have limited power capability and are difficult to access, and where data transfers don’t require high bandwidth. LoRa can thus target a wide spectrum of applications, such as tracking, proactive maintenance and more.
Objenious launched and operates the first LoRa network in France, with more than 4200 antennas currently deployed around the country. Leveraging the network know-how of parent company Bouygues Telecom, Objenious now offers its LoRa network, platform and services for LPWAN IoT to partners and customers locally and internationally thanks to roaming agreements.
With its broad portfolio of general-purpose and secure microcontrollers (MCUs) and sensors, along with analog, power, mixed-signal and connectivity technologies, ST offers solutions for making connected devices for any application. In particular, the company provides tools and software libraries that aid STM32 MCU-based embedded design as part of its freely available STM32 Open Development Environment (ODE).
ST’s STM32 Nucleo LoRa development kits, certified on the Objenious network, are available now. By integrating Objenious’s network access software on top of the STM32 ODE, developing connected devices is made even easier.
“The collaboration of STMicroelectronics and Objenious offers customers an opportunity to easily and quickly develop LPWAN-connected objects for the Objenious network, accelerating the business and the development of the IoT,” said Objenious CEO Stéphane Allaire.
“Offering STM32-based LoRa-enabled kits that are already certified on the Objenious network is a valuable asset for developers, as it hurdles a major challenge in their efforts to create new LoRa devices,” said Thierry Tingaud, West Europe sales and president of STMicroelectronics France. “In addition to pre-integrating the software development kit, the Objenious-LoRa-enabled STM32-based solution is ready to use on a live network, greatly reducing R&D effort and time to market.”
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