LoRaMIG – mobile LoRa gateway

Mobile LoRa Gateway

The story behind

Team Projects Conference

From few years, Thaumatec is sponsoring Team Projects Conference on our local University of Science and Technology. This year, Thaumatec helped to develop two students projects.  One of them was LoRaMiG – LoRa Main Independent Gateway, which was chosen as the Best Hardware Project by the jury on the Team Project Conference. It was a great honour for us because every team presented amazing devices. Here we would like to describe more details about LoRaMiG.

We built LoRaMiG because we believe, that this device can solve a lot of global problems. LoRa is a low power, wide area networking protocol, designed to wirelessly connect battery operated devices to the Internet in regional, national or global networks. LoRa is the best solution for using a lot of sensors to monitor huge areas, for example, forest. If we would have data from fire’s sensors from the whole forest we could predict fire and prevent the destruction of a natural environment.

The possibilties

Long range and low energy network

Possibilities:
  • Long Range
  • Energy efficiency
  • Low-maintenance
  • Data safety
  • Powered by a photovoltaic panel
  • Weatherproof
  • Works without a service all year
  • Can be placed in the hard environment
  • Manageable from web application
Usage:
  • Fire detection in forest
  • River condition monitoring – predict flood
  • Control and optimization of agricultural crops

The solution

Easy - to - use and mobile LoRa gateway

The core of LoRaMig is Raspberry Pi Zero and LoRaWAN Concentrator IC880A to provide LoRa communication. To connect with the Internet we use Wi-fi or GSM module. With Bluetooth, we can configure working parameters. In future we plan to improve device – install GNSS module, Gyroscope and Accelerometer module for monitoring position. Want to point out, that is the probably the first gateway powered by solar panel, that’s why LoRaMiG opens new possibilities for the Internet of Things.

Results

“We love when our projects are developing and improving new solutions for IoT. It’s possible that we will use LoRaMiG in practice. It means, that several devices of this type will support monitoring parking for buses in Wroclaw.”