Training Course

Understanding IoT, LoRa and LoRaWAN in Depth

  • 8102
  • £1,895 +VAT
  • 2 days

Why this LoRaWAN course?

This comprehensive LoRaWAN training course gives attendees a fast-track and in-depth introductions to LoRa and LoRaWAN, going far beyond the training materials that can be found online.

On completing this in-depth and authoritative LoRaWAN course, attendees will understand the fundamentals of wireless and Radio Frequency systems, the LoRa Physical layer, LoRaWAN and LoRaWAN IoT architecture, components and solutions in depth. Live online interactive courses and tailored on-site training are available.

Who should attend this LoRaWAN course

  • Everyone wanting to understand LoRaWAN technology and LoRaWAN IoT solutions development.
  • People wanting to evaluate LoRa and LoRaWAN against alternative technologies, including other LoRa-based systems, Symphony Link, 802.11ah Wi-Fi HaLow, Sigfox, Wi-SUN FAN, LTE-M, LTE Cat-M, Narrowband-IoT / NB-IoT / LTE-M2, LTE Cat-NB, Ingenu RPMA, Weightless, DASH7.
  • People evaluating or purchasing LoRaWAN products and LoRaWAN network services.
  • Technicians and engineers responsible for Planning, Designing, Implementing or Supporting LoRaWAN networks.

Bespoke RF, wireless, LoRa and LoRaWAN training is available from our comprehensive wireless training curriculum – contact us for details.

LoRaWAN Course Pre-requisites

Attendees should have some experience or knowledge in IT and networking before attending the course.

Pre-learning is available – ask for details.

LoRaWAN Certification

This course helps attendees prepare for several of The Things Certifications, including:

  • The Things Academy and The Things Certified Fundamentals
    • Verified Skills: LoRaWAN Basics, Frequency plans, Device classes, Message types, Spreading Factors, Adaptive Data Rate (ADR), Activation methods, Security Configuration, Limitations of LoRaWAN
  • The Things Certified Advanced
    • Verified Skills: Frequency plans, Legislation, Optimising Network Coverage, Packet Forwarders, Estimating range, Radio planning, LoRaWAN Security, Root and Session keys, Optimising communication performance, Geolocation
  • The Things Certified Security
    • Verified Skills: LoRaWAN Specifications, Join Process, Root & Session keys, LoRaWAN 1.1 Security, Message Integrity Code, En/decryption method

Further in-depth training is available to help attendees prepare for the following The Things Certifications:

  • The Things Certified Network Management
    • Verified Skills: Frequency plans, Legislation, Optimising Network Coverage, Packet Forwarders, Designing LoRaWAN radio coverage, LoRa Basics Station, Radio Coverage analysis

  • The Things Stack Certified
    • Verified Skills: LoRaWAN Network Server

Testing and Certification by the Wireless Certification Commission is also available for people taking this LoRaWAN training course.

Post-Course Support

After completing this LoRaWAN training course, delegates receive 12 months of post-training support from LEVER Technology Group, to help them apply the technologies and skills they have learned with us, to provide career-long support, and to ensure they are better equipped for their future roles in IT and networking.

LoRaWAN Consultancy

LEVER can combine Basic and Advanced LoRaWAN training with LoRaWAN Network Consultancy and Engineering, covering all stages of LoRaWAN network Planning, LoRaWAN Survey, LoRaWAN network Design, LoRaWAN Proof of Concept (PoC) Trials, Large-scale LoRaWAN rollouts, LoRaWAN network Monitoring, Reporting, Diagnosis, LoRaWAN Optimisation, Remediation and 24 x 365 LoRaWAN Support .. Contact us for details.

LoRaWAN Training Course Content

Overview of the Internet of Things

  • IoT applications and services
  • Enabling technologies
  • IoT architecture and components
  • Resource management
  • Data management and analytics
  • IoT communications and protocols
  • IoT platforms

Understanding Wireless and RF technologies

  • What is radio communication?
  • Understanding Radio Waves
  • Radio Frequencies
  • Understanding Bandwidth
  • Understanding Ranges of transmission
  • Understanding RF Power
  • dBm, dB
  • Understanding Antenna gain, dBi, dBd
  • Understanding Receiver Sensitivity
  • Understanding Link Budget Calculations
  • The importance of Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)
  • SNR and the LoRa Spreading Factor
  • Maintaining reliable communications

Wireless Technologies for IoT

  • Defining LPWAN
  • Current LPWA Technologies
  • IoT Use Cases and Requirements
  • Technologies by Range, Data Rate
  • Comparing LPWAN, Cellular and other Wireless IoT technologies
  • Characteristics of key Wireless IoT Technologies

LoRa and LoRaWAN

  • Introduction to IoT and LPWAN
  • LoRa versus LoRaWAN
  • Existing LoRa and LoRaWAN networks
  • LoRaWAN Network Architecture
  • LoRaWAN end devices, LoRaWAN Gateways, LoRaWAN Repeaters
  • LoRaWAN Network Servers, LoRaWAN Application Servers, LoRaWAN Join Servers
  • Range and data rates
  • LoRaWAN protocol stack
  • Operating LoRa in Europe, USA and other regions

LoRa Physical Layer

  • Spread Spectrum schemes
  • LoRa Chirp Spread Spectrum (CSS)
  • LoRa CSS transmissions
  • Receiving LoRa
  • The LoRa Spreading Factor (SF)
  • Chips, Symbol Rate and Duration
  • LoRa Adaptive Data Rate (ADR)
  • Spreading Factor versus Range
  • LoRa and RSSI, SNR
  • LoRa Frame Enconding and Frame Structure
  • LoRa Payload Size
  • LoRa Parameters
  • Regional Frequency Plans
  • LoRa Duty Cycle
  • EU868 Regulations
  • Maximum EIRP / ERP
  • Operating LoRa in Europe and the UK

Understanding LoRaWAN

  • LoRaWAN Architecture and Protocols
  • LoRaWAN Network Server (NS), LoRaWAN Application Server (AS), LoRaWAN Join Server (JS)
  • Devices, Gateways and Servers
  • LoRaWAN Network Reference Model (NRM)
  • LoRaWAN Roaming
  • TTI Packet Broker
  • LoRaWAN Devices in Detail
  • Power Consumption / Battery Life
  • Gateways and the Concentrator
  • LoRaWAN Packet Forwarders
  • Interaction with LNS and CUPS Server
  • LoRaWAN Device Classes
  • LoRaWAN MAC Layer
  • Uplink and downlink messages
  • MAC Message types and their uses
  • Join and Rejoin Requests
  • Addressing and Activation, OTAA
  • LoRaWAN Data Message Structure
  • Sending MAC commands
  • Data messages
  • Example LoRaWAN Uplink Messages

LoRaWAN Security

  • Tenets of Network Data Security
  • LoRaWAN Security Overview
  • LoRaWAN Encryption and Message Integrity
  • Activation By Personalisation (ABP)
  • Authenticity and Integrity
  • Spoofing and Replay Protection
  • LoRaWAN v1.0 – v1.0.3
  • Application Key (AppKey)
  • Frame Counters
  • LoRaWAN Join Server
  • Sessions and Keys
  • LoRaWAN 1.1 Sessions
  • Join Process
  • Device Activation
  • LoRaWAN Messages and Keys
  • How to improve LoRaWAN security

Evaluating LoRaWAN Networks and IoT Services

  • LoRaWAN Network Services
  • The Things Network / The Things Stack
  • IoT Platforms
  • Industrial IoT Platforms
  • TTN Integrations
  • TTS-supported IoT Cloud Integrations
  • TTN Webhook Integration
  • MQTT
  • LoRaWAN Integration with MQTT
  • MQTT-SN (MQTT for Sensor Networks)

Planning and Designing LoRaWAN networks

  • LoRaWAN Deployment Best Practice
  • The Things Stack Deployments
  • Coverage Planning
  • TTN Mapper
  • LoRaWAN Network Peering

Alternative Technologies

  • Competing LPWAN technologies
  • Sigfox
  • Wi-Fi HaLow
  • Wi-Fi
  • TVHT
  • IEEE 802.15.4
  • IEEE 802.15.4g
  • Amazon Sidewalk
  • Ingenu RPMA
  • Nwave – Smart Parking
  • Telensa – Smart Street Lighting
  • Weightless

Latest Developments

  • Latest developments with LoRa and LoRaWAN
  • Trials, successes and failures
  • Areas for development and improvement
Repair, Installation, Training & Support

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