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Asset Tracking Kit Welcome

Welcome!

The Asset Tracking Kit (“Kit”) is a portable reference Kit designed to validate LoRaWAN® network coverage around a building or site and to accelerate solution development for a wide range of stakeholders. The self-contained nature of this reference Kit makes it easy to set up, take down and move a network in a matter of minutes.

Users can determine a gateway’s range of coverage by moving the location of the sensors to different spots around a building. Furthermore, solution developers can focus on providing customer value through data collection and analysis by using off-the-shelf hardware available from external suppliers.

The GPS location data of each tracker is displayed on a dashboard that users can access through a web browser. The dashboard shows the type of displays that can be created with the data collected (See Figure 4 and Figure 5 below). The URL for the dashboard and how to locate the login credentials for your Kit are explained under the Getting Started section of this guide.

Note: This Kit does not allow direct access to the underlying data or the ability to change the LoRaWAN network server (LNS) to which the gateways are connected. If those are desired requirements, please contact Semtech at ATKSales@semtech.com.

What is in the Kit?

The Kit contains the following items:

  • 6 LoRa®-based GPS trackers
  • 1 LoRaWAN gateway with Cellular backhaul
  • Power brick
  • LoRa antenna (1)
  • GPS antenna (1)
  • Cellular antenna (1)
  • Ethernet cable (1)
  • Magnets (2)

Figure 1 - LoRa-based GPS tracker

Figure 2 - LoRaWAN gateway with Cellular backhaul

 

Getting Started

To begin, log in by scanning the QR code below or, using Chrome as your web browser, navigate here.
 

Figure 3 - Scan to log in

Note: Your login credentials can be found either on the inside cover of the Kit box, or on the DEVEUI data sheet provided with the Kit.

Once you log in to the website, two views will be available: the Device Tracking view and the Device Settings view. In the Device Tracking view, the location of each tracking device is plotted on a map. From there, you can extract the time histories of the location data. Use the Device Settings view to designate a nickname for each device and see the current status of devices and the gateway.

Device Tracking View

The Device Tracking view has a map at its center showing the locations of the enabled tracking devices. To the right of the map, under the Trackers heading, is a list of the available trackers. To turn the display of a given tracker on or off, toggle the “eye” icon (). To zoom in on the latest position for a given tracker, click the “target” icon ().

 

Figure 4. Device Tracking Tab View

Under the list of trackers is the Tracking Period section. You can select the period of time for which you want to see tracking data. You can choose to view data for any period between the last half-day up to the last seven days.

Device Settings Tab View

In this view, you can see a list of trackers and designate how often you want to each of them to send updated location information. You can also monitor estimated battery life and signal strength.

Figure 5. Device Settings Tab View

Get to Know Your Gateway

Of the elements included with each Asset Tracking Kit, the following parts and accessories are particularly associated with the gateway:

  • LoRaWAN ODU Gateway (1)
  • Power brick (1)
  • LoRa antenna (1)
  • GPS antenna (1)
  • Cellular antenna (1)
  • Ethernet cable (1)

 

Figure 6: Asset Tracking Kit gateway and components

Gateway Connections

(See Figure 7 to locate the items listed below on the gateway.)

  1. 915/868 MHz antenna connector (N-type female)
  2. 915/868 MHz (not supplied)
  3. Access port for 3G/4G SIM card
  4. GPS antenna connector (N-type female)
  5. Ethernet PoE (connected to Gateway)
  6. 3G/4G antenna connector (N-type female)

Figure 7: Gateway connections

The ODU gateway is an 8-channel LoRaWAN-compliant gateway with external antennas. This gateway has the following features:

  • Support for LoRa Basics™ Station
  • Gateway ping
  • Support for LoRaWAN 1.0.2 or higher
  • 8+ LoRa channels
  • External antenna (for greater range)
  • Indoor/Outdoor form factor
  • Modular support for 3G/4G
  • Optional features (Not supported out-of-the-box)
    • GNSS/precise timing support (for GNSS aiding messages/synchronized downlinks)
    • Outdoor mounting support
    • IP67 rating for outdoor mounting

Gateway Setup

To set up the gateway, follow these steps:

Step 1: Connect the adapter to the LoRa antenna

Figure 8. Adapter connection

 

Step 2: Connect LoRa antenna to the gateway

Figure 9. Connecting the LoRa antenna to the gateway

Step 3: Connect the Ethernet cable to the gateway

Figure 10: Connecting the Ethernet cable to the gateway

Step 4: Connect the Ethernet cable to the power brick.

Figure 11: Ethernet cable connected to the power brick

Step 5: (Optional) Connect the GPS cable to the GPS Antenna

Figure 12: Connecting the GPS cable to the GPS antenna

Step 6: (Optional) Connect GPS cable to the gateway

Figure 13: Connecting the GPS cable to the gateway

Step 7: Connect the power brick to a power source.

Step 8: Verify and test. Check the LED on the power brick.

The LED will be green when power is supplied to the gateway.

Gateway SIM and Data Connectivity

The gateway is provided with a SIM card for cellular backhaul. This includes 1GB of free data service, which should be adequate for about one year of operation. If you need more data, you will need to sign up for a cellular service plan and provide a replacement SIM card. The SIM card can be accessed through the clear, sealed access port on the LoRa antenna side of the gateway (Figure 8, above).

Setting-up the Sensors

The purpose of this Kit is to track outdoor assets. To this end, set up the trackers as follows:

The device is turned on and off via an external magnet. To turn on a tracking sensor, place the magnet (included) on the top-side of the tracking device near the end with the oval opening, as shown in Figure 15.

Figure 15. Turning on a tracking sensor

Once the Kit is turned on and connected to the application the application will present a display similar to that shown in Figure 16.

Figure 16 – User interface example