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Gateway Embedded Network Solution


An embedded gateway network server enables a quick and economical entry-level network solution for the management and connectivity of devices within a localized deployment.

With a simple, low-complexity setup procedure, devices can be configured to route directly from gateway to application server. 

When building complex, networks at scale with a high degree of security and management; however, an embedded Gateway network server will have many limitations: 

  • Very simple network server with only basic features

  • Lacking an overview of the whole network of gateways/devices. 

  • Challenging to manage larger networks only at the gateway level

  • Lack of monitoring tools for devices/gateways

  • Very basic logs or none at all

  • Devices provisioning is very complex if using OTAA activation. 

  • No remote access to gateways from a centralized location. 

  • Missing many advanced LoRaWAN features such as geolocation, roaming etc. 

  • Near impossible to scale a network at only gateway level

  • Physical access required to configure gateways


Open Source Network Solution


There are open-source network servers available that fall within LoRaWAN compliance, but they have vital limitations:

  • Complex install and configure - requires technical knowledge

  • Typically only MQTT data output available

  • Uses an insecure UDP packet forwarder for connection between the gateway and network server. 

  • Poor UI and not a user-friendly interface

  • Missing LoRaWAN specification implementation ( 1.1 devices, multicast, class B, etc.)

  • Lack of high Availability, enterprise-grade deployment

  • No support services available 

  • No SLA on software (upgrades, bugs, etc.). 


Community Network Server


LoRaWAN typically operates on unlicensed radio frequencies, and this means anyone can connect a device without requiring permission or a local license. Taking advantage of this, community networks have been setup that utilizes a free to use network server for users to create a network. 

This service enables enthusiasts, hobbyist and new solutions to have quick access to a LoRaWAN server which can perform basic functions and enables connectivity for a proof-of-concept or project. However, community network servers are run with no guarantees on quality of service, server up-time or technical support. 

Gateways are generally not industrial grade, and as a free platform, development is slow and features are limited. The server deployment model is typically a public cloud server with no exposure to who is on the network and data is routed through the controlling network server host operator. 

  • Basic network server with limited features

  • Message uplink/downlink limitations and restrictions imposed 

  • Shared platform and no overview of complete network

  • Users and rights controlled by server provider

  • Anyone has access and open to attacks by malicious actors

  • Only single-tenant access

  • No admin or user hierarchy 

  • No control over the network of connected gateways/devices

  • Server host controls the network and data

  • No guaranteed support services and Quality of Service

  • No SLA on server up-time or software (bugs, downtime, etc.)

  • Very high-risk to run production services

  • Basic or no server event and traffic logs

  • No requirement to support on-going update or deliver quickly

  • Basic security implementation 

  • Basic and insecure packet forwarder 

  • Expected packet-loss due to UDP packet forwarder

  • Lacking meta-data and radio verbosity

  • Near impossible to manage a network at scale

  • Lacks server resilience and redundancy 

  • Unlikely to pass server auditing


LORIOT Network Server

v5.0

A full-featured, enterprise-grade network server with penetration-tested security, high availability and built-in server redundancy for professional production services. 

Dedicated technical support, software and server SLA, guaranteeing the delivery of best-in-class services. Regular server upgrades and updates in-line with the latest LoRaWAN specification and feature requirements. 

With complete control of the network server and either deployed in the cloud or on-premise, all components of the network server, devices, gateways and users are managed from a centralized location to enable operating a network at scale. 

Managing a network, monitoring  and provisioning is available through a user-friendly user interface and REST API, plus a flexible choice of fully integrated gateways and data routing outputs. 


Deployment Models

The LORIOT Network Server is immediately accessible and can be deployed in a variety of models that best suit the requirements of a client's use-case and services. 

From new innovative projects with a few devices to city networks providing digital transformation across multiple verticals and scaled out national LoRaWAN networks covering whole countries. 

No limits, complete flexibility and progressive server deployment migration is available to provide the best server deployment at the point of requirement, and without compromise.  

  • 13 FREE Public Servers around the world 

  • 3 Professional Public Servers - 99.9% SLA

  • Enterprise Private Server - Managed Cloud 

  • Enterprise Private Server - Licensed for client Cloud

  • Enterprise Private Server - Licensed for client On-premise


Connectivity

The backbone of a LoRaWAN solution is connectivity from device to application. Securely controlling LoRaWAN radio mechanisms, authenticity and authentication is a critical requirement of a LoRaWAN network server. Providing a clear network overview, comprehensive meta-data, full radio

verbosity and gateway insights and alerts ensures you can operate and manage a network at scale. 

  • Secure granting and protecting access to the network (TLS 1.2, PKI, 2FA)

  • Flexible integrate data outputs (MQTT, HTTPS, WebSocket, etc.)

  • Ready to use connectors for major IoT cloud platforms (Azure, AWS, IBM, Google IoT, etc.) and applications with full synchronization. 

  • Fast and straightforward provisioning process via dashboard UI or REST API

  • Supports LoRaWAN 1.0/1.1 devices 

  • Configurable LoRaWAN device parameters

  • Application Logs and traffic history

  • Device MAC commands Logs

  • Advanced downlink Multicast

  • FUOTA compatible

  • Custom, secure and powerful gateway binaries for all well-known gateway models

  • Detailed and valuable gateway connectivity and status information

  • Gateway alerts, load and traffic data 

  • ADR and LoRaWAN frequencies supported across all major regions

  • Toggled roaming between Organizations and other users

  • Enable passive roaming with other LORIOT Private Network Servers


Operate & Manage

Building a network a scale requires powerful operational and management tools, and a complete oversight of the network, users and resources ensures you maintain full control.

As a deployment scales, debugging, user management and valuable admin tools are essential. When deploying a network, a server that enables best-practices pays off in the long-run and dramatically improves work efficiency. 

  • Responsive and easy-to-use user/admin interface to manage all components of the network
  • Hierarchical user structure and permissions
  • Organizational cluster/environment
  • Multi-tenant architecture
  • Full server event and traffic logs with time and unique filtering
  • Admin search tools to locate any user, gateway, application and device
  • Device profiles for managing different radio profiles, LoRaWAN classes and Frequencies. 
  • Comprehensive radio meta-data & debugging tools
  • Transfer resources and users


Network Security

The first consideration for any deployment from the moment the first sensor and gateway is connected should be security. However, it is often only taken into consideration when deployments start to scale or move into production. Building on an insecure platform might not be an immediate

concern,  but it typically ends with unforeseen problems when a solution is ready to scale and repeating efforts if migration to a new service is required. 

We build our network server components with security implemented at every layer and we only encourage the use of secure software and integrations. 

The LORIOT network server does not compromise on security by using a basic insecure packet forwarder. The LORIOT custom gateway binary adds many secure layers to the connection between the gateway and network server,  we can also enable gateway PKI (Private Key Infrastructure) for additional contingency.  

  • Scalable, secure and fully-redundant network architecture 
  • LORIOT gateway Binary for security between gateways and network Server (TCP, TLS 1.2, Private Key Infrastructure, etc.)
  • Access rights and user permissions management
  • Full server event logs and complete network overview
  • Independently full-vulnerability and penetration tested
  • Admin UI two-factor authentication 
  • Implemented security measures (DDoS, MITM, Brute-force, etc.)
  • Dedicated server event and status monitoring


Development & Scaling

 Building a network is the first step; developing and scaling the network is the biggest challenge. 

Regular network server software development with useful documentation supports the scaling of a network while providing new features and enabling value added services. 

This maintains server functionality in-line with the latest LoRaWAN specification and enables compatibility with additional services like geolocation and roaming. 

Valuable customer feedback and an expert development team, dictates regular upgrades that genuinely improve the features and functionality that benefits all users.

  • Minimum three server updates and upgrades per year

  • Customer-lead feature board for development

  • Expert documentation to support network administration 

  • REST APIs to provisioning and integrate 3rd party dashboard/applications. 

  • Custom WebSocket development and debugging applications

  • LORIOT Network Ranger Application to support radio mapping

  • Multi-tenant and multi-organizational structure for team members and clients

  • Responsive and user-friendly UI for network management and overview


Additional ROI

Develop IoT connectivity and value-added service revenue streams for your customers connecting devices and applications to your network.

Resell your network server and provide connectivity for your solutions and anyone else's. There are no restrictions to invite 3rd party users to your server, expand the network with their gateways and bill for connectivity.

If you have additional access to place gateways on local infrastructure, leverage this, and provide LoRaWAN network coverage. If your solution is already covering the cost of a private network server, any other solution on top is possible additional revenues. Lighten the load and enable

resellers with our organizational structure to support inviting and on-boarding new clients. 

  • Become a LoRaWAN Network operator

  • Add additional LoRaWAN value-added services

  • Leverage your existing gateways and network coverage

  • Deploy new coverage and connected gateways where needed

  • Invite and on-board new clients and resell connectivity 

  • Provide coverage and connectivity for other LoRaWAN solution providers

  • Reseller accounts and hierarchical structure to help grow the network