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Development and range testing of a LoRaWAN system in an urban environment

Development and range testing of a LoRaWAN system in an urban environment
Development and range testing of a LoRaWAN system in an urban environment
This paper describes the construction and operation of an experimental LoRaWAN network surrounding the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Following successful installation, an experimental node design is built and characterised, with particular emphasis on radio range. Several configurations are investigated, including different data rates, and varying heights of node. It is concluded that although range can be great (over 8 km in this case), environmental topology is critical. However, shorter range implementations, up to about 2 km in an urban environment, are relatively insensitive although care is still needed. The example node and the relatively simple base station reported demonstrate that LoraWan can be a very low cost and practical solution to Internet of Things type applications for distributed monitoring systems with sensors spread over distances of several km.
Harris, Nicholas
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Curry, Joshua, Sebastian
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Harris, Nicholas
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Curry, Joshua, Sebastian
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Harris, Nicholas and Curry, Joshua, Sebastian (2018) Development and range testing of a LoRaWAN system in an urban environment. International Journal of Electronics and Communication Engineering, 12 (1).

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Abstract

This paper describes the construction and operation of an experimental LoRaWAN network surrounding the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Following successful installation, an experimental node design is built and characterised, with particular emphasis on radio range. Several configurations are investigated, including different data rates, and varying heights of node. It is concluded that although range can be great (over 8 km in this case), environmental topology is critical. However, shorter range implementations, up to about 2 km in an urban environment, are relatively insensitive although care is still needed. The example node and the relatively simple base station reported demonstrate that LoraWan can be a very low cost and practical solution to Internet of Things type applications for distributed monitoring systems with sensors spread over distances of several km.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 January 2018
Published date: 25 January 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 420163
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/420163
PURE UUID: 0d8e491f-17d2-4a89-b069-16a59e5f59a8
ORCID for Nicholas Harris: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4122-2219
ORCID for Joshua, Sebastian Curry: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1065-8490

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Date deposited: 27 Apr 2018 16:30
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 01:53

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Author: Nicholas Harris ORCID iD
Author: Joshua, Sebastian Curry ORCID iD

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