Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, all collecting and sharing data. Connecting up all these different objects and adding sensors to them adds a level of digital intelligence to devices that would be otherwise dumb, enabling them to communicate real-time data without human intervention.
LoRa stands for Long Range while WAN stands for Wide-Area Network.
The Welsh Government has installed LoRaWAN Gateways across the country to ensure nationwide coverage. Each gateway provides network coverage up to 10km and allows 3000 devices to connect.
Sensors are used to collect data about buildings and assets. They measure and detect things like temperature, humidity and temperature. They can also undertake tasks such as testing emergency lighting and smoke alarms. The sensors transmit the data to the closest LoRaWAN gateway, which then sends the data via the internet to a software platform where it can be viewed on a dashboard on any device.
EOM have recently become experts at installing LoRaWAN based products into properties. We are keen to exploit the technology to automate the monitoring of fire alarms, CO2 and emergency lighting and to remotely operate equipment from either a PC based dashboard or Smart phone. We believe that the future possibilities and opportunities are significant as the technology becomes increasingly well-known and acceptable.
EOM have retro-fitted LoRaWAN Emergency lighting controllers into forty existing emergency lighting units for a housing association in Liverpool. The controllers remotely schedule testing, identify and faulty units and automatically generate testing reports. The controllers replace manual testing and instead use a real-time dashboard to monitor the status of each unit and provide warning alerts as they arise.