LoRaWAN technology, such as goldeni, represents a crucial component in developing connected buildings and smart cities. This network sensor technology offers the potential to transform the management of commercial and residential properties and create safer, more energy-efficient, and more cost-effective structures.

What is LoRaWAN technology?

LoRa stands for ‘long range’. This communication system can wirelessly send data from Internet of Things (IoT) devices across large distances to a central wide area network (WAN) protocol gateway. The gateway connects to the cloud. The collected data can then be managed, analysed and interpreted before being delivered to the end-user through cloud software, dashboards and mobile applications. 

LoRaWAN technology operates in indoor and outdoor environments. It can offer a highly cost-effective solution to the development of smart cities and the connection of both residential and commercial buildings.

Advantages of LoRaWAN technology

An economical solution

In the case of smart cities, a single LoRaWAN gateway can be located outdoors to collect data from LoRa sensors installed within several commercial and residential properties. Depending on the number of sensors or devices in the vicinity and the data rate, a single gateway can serve properties within 5km of the gateway in urban areas. This extends to 15km in a suburban settings, meaning that multiple buildings can communicate with one piece of hardware rather than each property requiring a hub of its own. This offers a much more economical solution to gathering data as well as a less complicated and time-consuming installation process.

Optimised energy efficiency

LoRaWAN technology is becoming increasingly popular within smart cities and connected commercial and residential properties because it is lower powered than other networks such as WiFi or Bluetooth. This can prolong the battery life of the IoT devices used. Therefore, offers a more sustainable solution to data transmission and reduces the amount of maintenance required by the sensors.

What benefits can LoRaWAN technology offer commercial and residential properties? 

Improved energy efficiency

LoRaWan sensors can help to improve energy efficiency and lower the carbon emissions associated with running connected residential and commercial buildings. By allowing building managers to connect different energy-using assets and continually monitor their usage in real-time, it may be possible to identify areas where savings can be made and create a more energy-efficient building.

Manage building fabric and infrastructure

Sensors can be used to monitor the very fabric of the buildings they are deployed in. This can help ensure that any integrity issues of areas such as the roof, walls or foundations are flagged quickly, without the need for engineers or building professionals to visit the properties. It is also possible to deploy LoRaWAN leak detection sensors so that teams are immediately alerted to any escape of water, which will help minimise any damage caused as a result and limit the costs associated with water wastage.

Improve the well-being of building owners and occupiers

LoRaWAN solutions also enable enhanced management of the internal conditions of residential and commercial buildings, which can help to ensure the health and wellbeing of building owners and occupiers. 

For example, LoRaWAN sensors can be used to monitor the internal air quality, temperature and moisture levels within connected properties to ensure they are at their optimum. The system can even carry out Legionella testing and ensure fire doors and windows are being used appropriately. Alerts can then be provided to property management teams to deploy solutions swiftly if any issues are detected so that the environment remains safe and healthy.
For more information on the goldeni technology and the LoRaWAN solutions we are deploying within commercial and residential properties, please contact the team on info@goldeni.com