Introducing: LoRaONE The one solution to connect all the things, all the time.
What is it?
LoRaONE is all you need to create your own IoT solution. An Arduino compatible board packed with features and sensors, making it the ideal solution for makers and creators that can’t wait to make the Internet of Things a reality. It is easy to program, connected to its surroundings through numerous sensors and ready to go. The board has the size of a matchbox, so it can be placed anywhere you can think of. But best of all, it is connected everywhere through LoRa® technology. When it comes to building the IoT, there’s nothing like LoraONE.
For the past months we've worked hard to get LoRaONE to the final stages of development. The first beta-users are already working with LoRaONE. To make the final step and start mass-production, we need your help. If you back us, not only do you help us to get LoRaONE out in the world, but you'll also receive one yourself in July 2016. So this summer you can start building on your LoRaWAN™ connected IoT.
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This board is based on our successful Autonomo. It has a proven 32 bit Arduino compatible platform that is currently the first choice of millions of programmers around the world. Not only is it versatile, it is also extremely small, measuring only 40 x 25 millimeters. One of the characteristics of ARM Cortex M0 based boards is that they can be programmed to run extremely energy efficient, which is essential for your next IoT-project.
But maybe even more essential is the connection. We chose LoRa® as we fully believe this is where the Internet of Things will come to full bloom. LoRa® networks are easy to set up, have extremely long range and are rapidly being rolled out around the world. It works both indoors and outdoors. LoraONE connects easily and safely with your local LoRaWAN™ network, making the IoT a reality.
We’ve include a GPS-antenna in the LoRaONE, so it can track its location precisely. But this is not just any GPS. To make it ideal for the IoT, we have chosen the state-of-the art u-blox Eva GPS module. Why is it state-of-the-art? Because it can be made to use less power than any other GPS we looked at. After switching off, the module keeps the almanac in memory. So when switching on, it can get a fix in just a few seconds. This allows us for instance to get a GPS fix every 5 minutes at less than 1% of the power needed for constant positioning by regular GPS. We call this near-realtime tracking and it is essential for our rhino-tracking project, which you can read about below.
Included on the tiny board is also an accelerometer, opening up a wide range of possibilities. If there’s movement, the LoRaONE will know and can act accordingly. You can even let the sensors cooperate. So the GPS can safely switch off, until it the device detects movement. This minimizes energy usage even more, and will also keep you up to date about what’s going on with your LoRaONE.
Want more? LoraONE has a magnetometer, so it is able to detect magnetic fields. There’s a MicroUSB connector, so it can connect to your computer straight out of the box. There’s 14 I/O pins, to connect other sensors or devices. All can be used for digital and 12 for analog It has a button and LED, making it perfect for that wearable you always wanted to create.
Still not enough? If you opt for the Starter Kit, you’ll get some really cool extra’s. The ONEbase extension board makes this device a creators dream. Simply click the LoraONE on the base and you can directly connect all sorts of Grove modules, just like with our previous projects Autonomo and Mbili boards. It also comes with a 800mAh rechargeable LiPo battery. And if you really don’t want to worry about losing power, you can use the 500mW solar panel, also included in the package.
LoRaONE Early Bird (only 100 available): You know what they say about early birds….they save money! Get the LoRaONE for a one-time-only price of €75. There’s only 100 available, so needless to say you need to get up early to catch this offer.
LoRaONE: For the hardcore IoT fans out there. This reward will get you the LoRaONE right at home, ready to go.
LoRaONE Starter Kit: Everything you need to get started as an IoT maker or creator. This kit includes: - LoRaONE - LiPo rechargeable 800mAh battery - 500mW solar cell - ONEbase - MicroUSB cable. The battery, solar cell and cable ensure you have everything you need to get started, while the LoraONE base extends the already broad possibilities of the LoRaONE even further.
LoraTEN: Ready to take on the bigger projects? Developing for your company, organization or maybe your own smart-home? This pack features 10x the LoRaONE. Buy in bulk and get a nice discount, as this unlimited offer gets you the LoRaONE’s at the early bird-price.
LoRaTHON: The ultimate IoT hackathon-package. If you’re planning to do workshops, educational programs or simply want it all for yourself. This starters pack features ten LoRaONEs, each with its own battery, MicroUSB cable, solar cell and the ONEbase extension board. The possibilities are endless...times ten!
You asked, we deliver. We've added two new rewards so it is easier to pick the right deal.
LoRaTRIO: Not one, not two, but three LoRaONE Starter Kits. And because you buy more, you pay less.
LoRaFIVE: Get five times the LoRaONE for a reduced price.
5X LoRaONE + The Things Network gateway*: we heard you! Not everyone lives in a place where there's already LoRa® coverage. So we spoke to our friends of The Things Network, who are currently producing their affordable and awesome gateways to get a LoRa® network up and running. With this bundle you're not only setting up your own network, but will be building cool stuff for it as well.
5x LoRaONE Starter Kit + The Things Network gateway*: for the pioneers and the early-adopters. Are you the one to get LoRa® started in your city? This reward gives you a gateway of The Things Network to setup your own network. And 5 LoRaONEs with ONEbase extension boards, batteries, solar panels, and MicroUSB cables to instantly make the most of that network.
*shipping date of the gateways is currently august 2016
Woah, this Kickstarter campaign is going great so far. In fact, it is going so great we like to thrown in a little extra. We really thought long and hard about some cool stretch goals.
Stretch goal 1: If we reach €50.000, we'll ship your LoRaONE with an active GPS antenna. This means the device becomes a lot more powerful and flexible in use. An amplified GPS antenna means it is less affected by electrical noise levels. It also allows you to hook up a longer GPS antenna, giving you way more options when building for LoRaONE. You can keep the LoRaONE inside, and still get a proper fix! Active GPS will really make the device more powerful. And from €50.000 and up, we'll ship this with your LoRaONE.
Active GPS does draw a little more power. So if you had an application in mind that works better with the ultra-low power solution of passive GPS, then not to worry. Before we ship, we'll send out a survey in which you can detail what antenna you prefer. **Update - Done! On to the next one!**
Stretch goal 2: If we reach €75.000, we'll preload tracker software on every LoRaONE. This means you can start using the LoRaONE out of the box without any Arduino programming knowledge and experience. You don't need to be an embedded software specialist to make a tracker application. And instead of having to reinvent the wheel, you can concentrate on thinking of cool applications to develop with this tracking software.
We'll hook you up with a full fledged tracker application. It has fully configurable settings over the USB interface, an extremely low power sleep mode and will be able to wake from sleep at set intervals . It has configurable day and night tracking modes, can be re-configurated over the air and has a watchdog to guard it from hanging. So help us reaching the next stretch goal, and we'll help you to get started with your very own fully functional LoRa® tracker!
LoRaONE Tech specs
- Microcontroller: ATSAMD21G18, 32-Bit ARM Cortex, M0+
- Compatibility: Arduino M0 Compatible
- Size: 40 x 25 mm
- Operating: Voltage 3.3V
- I/O Pins: 14, All can be used for digital, 12 for analog and 8 for PWM, plus UART, SPI and TWI (I2C)
- Analog Output Pin: 10-bit DAC
- External Interrupts: Available on all pins
- DC Current per I/O pin: 7 mA
- Flash Memory: 256 KB
- SRAM: 32KB
- EEPROM: Up to 16KB by emulation
- Clock Speed: 48 MHz
- Debug: Serial Wire Interface
- Power: 5V USB power and/or (optional) 3.7 LiPo battery
- Solar charge controller, up to 500mA charge current
- LED: RGB LED
- LoRa® Microchip: RN2483 or RN2903 Module (depending on your region)
- GPS: u-blox EVA 7M
- Accelerometer/Magneto: LSM303D
- USB: MicroUSB Port
The future of the Internet of Things lies in LoRa®. That’s not something we made up, just to get you to buy the LoRaONE. It is actually the opinion of some very bright minds from all over the world. “LoRaWAN™ is to IoT as 3G/4G is to smartphones”, wrote The Verge. “[IoT] devices require a stable, reliable and cheap approach, which opens up a whole new world”, said techsite Tweakers. The different networks are currently regulated by the non-profit LoRa® Alliance, there’s more information on their website.
LoRaWAN™ is a low power network that works over long distances. One gateway can reach up to 10 kilometers around, depending on obstructions. It is cheap to set up, organizations like The Things Network are currently working on new gateways which cost as less as €200 euro’s. This makes it extremely easy and cheap to set up a city-wide network, but it can be just as easy to connect remote places to the internet. One of the great advantages is that the signal can be used indoors and outdoors.
LoRa® is also energy efficient. Connected devices, like the LoRaONE, can go on for years on a small battery. Or they need only a small solarcell to continue working forever.
Note that for the LoRaONE to communicate you need a LoRa® network. This could either be a network operated by your local Telco, like KPN in the Netherlands, Proximus in Belgium or Orange in France. Companies like Senet are currently offering public LoRa® networks in North America, while Kotahi has coverage in New Zealand. Or it could be your local The Things Network. A third option would be to run your own private LoRa® network, but this would require a LoRa® gateway and LoRa® server which are available through various different sources.
Due to national regulations, LoRa® networks use different frequencies in different parts of the world. Most common are 868Mhz for Europe and South Africa, while the Americas use the 915Mhz band. Other parts of the world are undecided, unregulated or there simply is no LoRa®-network available yet. So when ordering the LoRaONE, please fill in which frequency you require, so we can make sure to send you the right hardware.
What can YOU do with LoRaONE?
So what is LoRaONE capable of? Well, the cool thing is, that is totally up to you. But we like to do some tinkering ourselves, and came up with some ideas that we tried out. This is just a tiny sample, and we can’t wait to hear what you come up with.
- We’re currently working closely with the park rangers in northern Tanzania to protect endangered rhinos from poachers who try to get their hands on the valuable horn. For years, the rangers have been struggling to track the rhinos effectively through a range of sensors. Radio waves are unsafe as the poachers can track the rhinos as well. Satellite equipment is big and bulky for an animal to carry around. And cellular service is spotty at best. LoRaONE proves to be the solution. With only ten gateways, the huge park is fully covered. The LoRaONEs are small and light enough so they do not hinder the rhinos and the connection is secure, so poachers can’t eavesdrop. Thanks to small solar panels and sunny African weather, the LoRaONEs never run out of juice, giving the rangers 24/7 information about the whereabouts of these magnificent animals.
- LoRaONE can serve as an excellent remote alarm system for anything ranging from a bicycle to an expensive painting. The accelerometer detects any movement and the LoRaONE can notify you instantly. Follow it’s location in near-real time and get back what’s yours!
- With the built in button it works as a wearable, for instance a panic button for seniors. If anything happens, a push of the button notifies loved ones or caretakers, who can immediately read out the location. Thanks to LoRa® this is not limited to one building: it is connected everywhere, all the time.
- We’re working with local government to attach the LoRaONE to outdoor trashcans. LoRaONE can detect and send information about whether they are full or not, saving the city cleaners tons of time (and money).
- The Netherlands is home to a couple of huge harbors, each shipping millions of sea containers each year. One or two LoRa®-gateways can be enough to blanket the area in a network. Attach the LoRaONE to the containers with a strong magnet and they’re instantly traceable. Thanks to the magnetometer, the magnetic field of the LoRaONE detaching from the container can be sensed, so it can even notify the owner and warn that something is wrong. Nothing gets accidentally lost, ever again.
Who are we?
We are SODAQ, which is short for SOlar powered Data AcQuisition. Solving the problem of efficiently connecting things while off-grid has always been at the heart of what we do. Additionally, we will always strive to build high quality libraries to support the development of applications for our boards. You may know us from our other two successful Kickstarter campaigns, the first SODAQ development board and the SODAQ Autonomo. Our company is based in Hilversum, a town just outside Amsterdam in The Netherlands. A great place to be, as multiple parties have embraced the idea of a countrywide LoRa® network.
We currently have 12 experienced and enthusiastic geniuses working in our office. Not only do we develop hardware and software for the IoT, we also put energy in spreading the word and sharing our knowledge. For instance, we've partnered with IoT Academy and the RDM Makerspace. For their workshops we provide hardware and instructions. Recently Dutch IT-consultancy QNH chose us as partner to gain knowledge and insights on the different aspects of IoT. This is not our first Kickstarter campaign. We've launched our SODAQ board and the Autonomo on Kickstarter. Both got succesfully funded and shipped on time.
Risks and challenges
During our last two campaigns we promised to ship on time, and managed to do so. We are planning to keep our promise this time around, too. The first hundred LoRaONE boards are currently being used by beta-users. We’ve finished the development stage, the prototypes are fully functional and ready to go into mass production. The production will take place in the Netherlands.
We have existing production and delivery agreements in place with our selected component suppliers and manufacturers. From small numbers to larger volumes, our relationship with these same suppliers has given us confidence in their ability to deliver what we will need in the future.
However, past performance is not always a guarantee for the future. There’s always a small risk involved while producing hardware. In the overall scheme of things, SODAQ will probably remain a small production item for these suppliers. As much as possible, we will use our excellent relationship with them to ensure that production of the SODAQ board remains on track.
If on the other hand we have a much larger number of orders to fulfil, we will be facing additional challenges in supplying and packaging the kit. We don't want to slip on the timeline, so if it looks like numbers might grow sufficiently during the campaign, we will be putting in place contingency arrangements with our primary PCB, assembly and packaging providers.
Handling communication with you, our wonderful backers, might prove to be another challenge while we're all busy producing, sorting, packing and sending out the kits. Our team has some experience in large scale communication and the experience from our previous Kickstarter campaign will prove very useful. The whole team will be available in both the Kickstarter Q&A forum, and by email, to address any requests for information or limitations you might encounter when using the board and kits.
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