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Badgerboard: Open-source hardware LoRa® development board

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Posted November 24, 2016

Just about 6 months ago Nordic Automation Systems decided to bring the low power wide area network called LoRaWAN™ to Estonia.

“After this everything happened fast. We needed to test our ideas and validate theories which lead to our first LoRaWAN™ development board. We created the Badgerboard so everybody could afford to test different LoRaWAN™ applications without the need to buy expensive ready-to-use products”, says Sven Kautlenbach – the software engineer of  Badgerboard.

Badgerboard - Easy-to-use prototyping platform for developing battery-powered long-range monitoring and controlling devices for various applications.

Badgerboard – Easy-to-use prototyping platform for developing battery-powered long-range monitoring and controlling devices for various applications.

Badgerboard is an Arduino compatible LoRaWAN™ development kit, that can be easily extended to a prototype or even a small batch product. Development board has a battery charger and antenna connector on board. Building prototypes on Badgerboard – that is exactly what Nordic Automation Systems has been doing for the last 6 months.

Why LoRa®?

There are many more protocols/radios like Bluetooth Low Energy, ANT+, different IEEE 802.15.4 based protocols like 6LoWPAN and ZigBee. So Nordic Automation Systems is not introducing LoRaWAN™ (The protocol running on top of the LoRa® radio) just to be cool kids on the block. They have serious test data and development history to back it up.

Depending on the conditions of the surrounding environment the radio waves can reach from 1km to 3km in the urban area up to 10+ km in the rural areas. This can be done while powering your device on a small battery like the one you have in your watch.

This is not the tip of the iceberg though. The best property of using a device like a Badgerboard is the LoRaWAN™. This is the LoRa Alliance™ standardized protocol that is specifically designed to be run on the LoRa® radios. This includes security mechanisms (cryptography) straight out of the box. Data transportation and radio parameters are all handled by the LoRaWAN™ software. This means that it is compatible with the other devices/gateways/networks. Thus you do not have to design any software in order to make your data move. You can concentrate on your application.

Badgerboard development board is available now for pre-order on Kickstarter for the early bird price of 40€: https://kck.st/2eZq2np

About Nordic Automation Systems:

Nordic Automation Systems AS is an industrial automation development company, specialising in sensor technologies, data analysis and monitoring solutions. In their development Nordic Automation Systems is driven by three main aspects – energy consumption, productivity and effectiveness.  In Tallinn, Estonia they have a development team consisting of designers, programmers,electronics and mechatronics engineers, product developers – all inspired to create every day technology to change the world. In July they opened Estonia’s first LoRaWAN™ network NORAnet.

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