Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Laird uses LoRa to provide sensors for cold chain use

Steve Rogerson
July 6, 2017

At last week’s Sensors Expo in San Jose, California, Laird unveiled a multi-wireless sensor platform that uses LoRaWan and Bluetooth LE connectivity for cold chain applications.
The RS191 and RS186 devices let enterprises deploy secure, stable wireless sensors in long-range IoT applications, especially those requiring precise temperature and humidity control. The platform uses a rugged IP65-rated form factor and couples with the UK company’s RG1xx LoRa gateways.
This is the latest addition to the Sentrius series of LPWAN products, which includes the RG1xx multi-interface gateway, RM1xx LoRa plus BLE modules and LPWAN antennas. Engineering product samples for the RS1xx are available now for qualified customers, with a full rollout planned for late this year.
This ecosystem of pre-integrated products provides developers and OEMs with the flexibility and freedom to create everything from a single stand-alone node to a complete end-to-end IoT network.
The RS1xx can reliably send sensor data in harsh RF environments and over long distances to remote LoRaWan gateways and, with the added benefit of a BLE connectivity option, sensor data can be sent to smartphones and tablets for local configuration, control or data visualisation.
The IoT sensor platform is suitable for multiple uses, including greenhouses, grain storage, cold chain monitoring, cooling tanks, or any application that requires constant monitoring and reporting of temperature fluctuations, humidity and other critical metrics across an entire facility.
It also serves as a base platform where Laird can work with OEMs to develop specific products with an OEM’s own sensors and enclosure requirements. Laird’s product development services can use this platform for custom mobile applications, enclosures and cloud applications.
Pairing the RS1xx with the other elements of Laird’s growing LoRa products ecosystem can enable end-to-end control of public and private LoRa networks. It works with Laird’s RG1xx LoRa and multi-wireless gateways for simple out-of-the-box integration and is compatible with third party cloud and LoRa network ecosystem partners.
“The addition of the RS1xx to our Sentrius ecosystem gives our customers the freedom and flexibility to create any component in a LoRa network,” said Scott Lordo, senior vice president of Laird Connectivity. “From modules and gateways to sensors and antennas, customers can develop a fully-owned private LoRa network to capture, route and process IoT data for their application.”
Sensor data can be routed to the cloud with Laird’s wireless connectivity deployment, and with low development effort, batteries and out-of-the-box configuration, the RS1xx is ready to capture data to a smartphone or tablet.
At its core, the RS1xx uses Laird’s field-proven RM1xx module hardware, providing LoRaWan options in 868 and 915MHz frequencies, plus BLE for local data display, configuration and troubleshooting.
The RS1xx comes equipped with IP65-rated enclosures, robust multi-layer security to safeguard networks at every level and support services, and it is certified for FCC, IC, CE and Bluetooth SIG listing.