Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Murata modem adopts Semtech LoRa technology

Steve Rogerson
August 13, 2019



Japanese electronics company Murata is sampling a modem based on LoRa technology from California-based Semtech.
 
The modem uses Semtech’s LoRa cloud device and application services, a simple-to-use set of services announced in March 2019 that provide device configuration, status monitoring and application support. It also uses the firm’s LoRa cloud join server, a network independent service that simplifies the provisioning of devices across LoRaWan-based networks.
 
This combination of modem and LoRa services is designed to simplify the development process and increase the RoI of LoRaWan-based products.
 
“The modem integrated with Semtech’s LoRa cloud device and application services enables customers to focus on developing innovative IoT applications without worrying about underlying radio connectivity,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president at Semtech. “This new offering shortens the design and sales cycle by providing users with a secure and easy-to-deploy LoRa-based wireless modem.”
 
Key benefits of the modem to developers and sensor manufacturers are the integrated LoRaWan protocol stack, which is pre-personalised to communicate seamlessly with Semtech’s LoRa cloud device and application services. These services are designed to operate over all LoRaWan-based networks.
 
IoT products and services that are easy to deploy and simple to manage are in heavy demand from business owners and enterprises globally. Streamlining and standardising basic building blocks across the ecosystem is essential to support rapid growth and large, scalable low power wide area networks (LPWANs).
 
Today, access to IoT devices is usually accomplished through a cloud service, and Murata now provides an integrated LoRa-based modem with an easy way for developers to get actionable information on sensor status and manage this securely through the cloud.
 
These sensors may be deployed in harsh radio environments and need to last multiple years on a battery. The provisioning and on-boarding of sensors, monitoring of battery levels, ability to update firmware remotely, flexibility to join different LoRaWan-based networks, and other features are essential to IoT deployments. The modem addresses this need for the LoRa ecosystem while following the LoRaWan specification.
 
“The new LoRa-based module with an embedded modem will allow our customers to bring products to market faster than ever before,” said Samir Hennaoui, LPWA product manager at Murata. “The goal of this project is to provide production-ready LoRa-based hardware platforms and associated cloud services, which abstract complexity and simplify development. We are confident that the module will also accelerate the worldwide adoption of LoRa-based devices and the LoRaWan protocol.”
 
The Murata CMWX1ZZABZ-104 modem is available for samples and will be in production towards the end of this year in Europe and North America.
 
Murata is a manufacturer of electronic components, modules and devices. Established in 1944, Murata is headquartered in Japan and has European offices in Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.