Arduino Adds Native No-Code LoRa Support to Its Arduino IoT Cloud Platform

Supporting more than five properties per transmission, LoRa support in the Arduino IoT Cloud is billed as simple and code-free.

The Arduino IoT Cloud now has native, no-code LoRa support. (📷: Arduino)

The Arduino IoT Cloud platform now supports LoRa long-range low-power wireless connectivity, its creators have announced, including support for more properties per transmission than are achievable under standard LoRaWAN.

The LoRa low-power long-range radio standard, and the LoRaWAN protocol which runs atop it, is becoming increasingly popular for everything from pager-like messenger networks to large-scale sensor networks. Thanks to community-driven initiatives like The Things Network, it's also proving popular among makers and tinkerers — which is doubtless why Arduino has chosen to add native support to the Arduino IoT Cloud platform.

"The Arduino IoT Cloud now provides an incredibly easy way to collect data sent by your LoRa devices," the platform's development team announced during The Things Conference. "With a few clicks, the IoT Cloud will generate a sketch template for the boards that you can adapt to read data from your sensors, pre-process it as you want, and then send it to the IoT Cloud. With a few more clicks (no coding required), you’ll be able to create a graphical dashboard that displays the collected data in real-time and lets users see their history through charts and other widgets.

"You will not need to worry about coding your own compression, serialization and queueing algorithm, as it will all be done under the hood in a smart way — you’ll be able to transmit multiple properties (more than five), pushing the boundary beyond the packet size limits of LoRaWAN! This is our take on edge computing — you program the device to collect and prepare your data locally, and then we take care of shipping such data to a centralized place."

The functionality is now live on the Arduino IoT Cloud for compatible devices, including the Arduino MKR WAN 1310 and the Pro Gateway. More information is available on the official website.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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