Dutch company designs Lora Development sign




Hilversum company Sodaq a Kickstarter campaign launched an Arduino-compatible Lora-sign ‘LoRaONE. To make it interesting for sign makers, multiple sensors are pre-installed, including a GPS antenna that consumes very little power.

The board is based on the Autonomo, which the company already successfully achieved a Kickstarter target. The LoRaONE measuring 40 by 25 millimeters and is equipped with a 32bit ARM Cortex-MO + -microcontroller with a clock speed of 48MHz. There is 256KB flash and 32KB RAM storage available.

The loramodule comes from Microchip and is Europe’s RN2483. On the other side of the ocean, such as North America, it is a RN2903. Furthermore, besides the UBLOX EFTA 7M GPS module, a magnetometer and accelerometer available. The latter is intended only to activate the GPS if there is a displacement. The GPS module keeps a log where it is located, which very quickly made contact is required with GPS satellites and little energy.

External connections can be made via a micro-USB connection. Other sensors or devices can be connected via fourteen free I / O lines. Also included is a simple button and a multi-color LED.

The normal Kickstarter LoRaONE price is 89 euros. A comprehensive package of battery, micro USB cable, and solar panel expansion board costs 109 euros. Before it completely goes into production, it must be fetched 20,000 euros. The campaign runs until May 14th. Delivery of the signs is scheduled for July 2016.

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LoRaONE, hang Lora gateways in Tanzania during the first mission, design LoRaONE Tracker

The LoRaONE board will be used to protect rhinos in Tanzania. Tweakers asked CEO Sodaq Jan Willem Smeenk how it is done. “We fly with five men soon to Tanzania for our second mission in collaboration with foundation Shadow View”, says Smeenk. “The first mission we created a loranetwerk in the wildlife park.” The purpose of the second mission is an endurance test with twenty devices. “The test will last three months, we have an idea how it is with the battery life. After that, we go there to rest the rhinos with the trackers.”

Before that, there’s still some things to be tested in the Netherlands by Scottish Highlanders to find out what the best place is to attach a tracker. “One idea is to confirm the tracker as a tag, or as whales are tagged with a small bayonet hook.” A tracker in the horn of the rhinoceros stop is not the purpose because it is a traumatic experience for a rhinoceros, including the anesthesia that would be required for this.

The rhino tracker is in a small housing and consists of the same components as the LoRaONE with a solar panel. The difference is that the solar cell in place of 500mW delivers at the campaign only 250mW. Thus, the whole can be still somewhat smaller.


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