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LoRaONE: the LoRa® IoT development board

Introducing: LoRaONE The one solution to connect all the things, all the time.

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. 

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!  

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. 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

Where are you: pick the right band!  

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.

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 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.

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