LoRa Basics™ Modems: Walk-through

LoRa Cloud™ Modem & Geolocation Services

The LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation Services provide a full set of lifecycle management features for LoRa devices operating on a LoRaWAN network. These features include but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive device telemetry

  • Device and application configuration

  • Clock synchronization

  • Advanced data transport services with robustness against packet loss and transparent data fragmentation (buffer streaming and file upload).

  • Geolocation

The purpose of these services is to dramatically simplify the process of developing managed endpoint solutions and to make LoRa devices more accessible to application developers.

All LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation Services frames are sent at the application level. This means that the LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation Services server does not need to know the device’s security keys because your application server will forward decrypted data.

Tokens

A token is required for the application server to authenticate calls to the LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation Services server. To create a token, you first need to create an owner. You only need to do this once. After an owner is created, you can start adding tokens or use the auto-generated tokens:

Video walk-through: Creating a token

  1. Go to the DEVICE OWNERS page.

  2. Click CREATE NEW OWNER.

  3. Give the owner a name.

  4. Click SUBMIT.

  5. Go to the MANAGE TOKENS page to use them.

LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation Services URL

The LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation Services URL depends on the region in which the device will be deployed. The API URL is displayed at the top of the Manage Tokens page on the LoRa Cloud portal:

LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation Services URL

Figure 4: LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation Services URL

Device Registration

When data is received from a device, it is automatically registered with the LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation Services server. This means that the device does not need to be registered beforehand.