The Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) has become a massive network of connected devices and sensors that continues to take shape as new technologies bring connectivity to unprecedented applications. However, to reach its full potential an infrastructure must be in place that will enable the longest reach at the lowest power for a wide variety of sensor applications in IoT. LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) solutions are emerging to specifically address these IoT applications. LPWAN is a blanket term for an ecosystem of technologies that can provide wireless connectivity to ultra low-power devices in networks that can blanket everything from large facilities to entire cities. Many companies, protocols, and technologies exist in this space and are vying to standardize, but in our opinion the most promising and flexible is LoRaWAN. The LoRa Alliance, the largest and most powerful consolidated effort by industry leaders, aims to standardize LPWAN worldwide via LoRa technology.

LoRa Alliance All Members MeetingLast week Laird attended LoRa Alliance’s 5th All Members Meeting and Open House from July 19th – 21st in Munich, Germany. The LoRa Alliance has grown rapidly from 31 members in March 2015 to nearly 370 members today, including companies like Cisco, IBM, Honeywell, HP, Flextronics, and ARM. In addition, a number of network carriers such as Orange, Swisscom, and SK Telecom are onboard with the Alliance as well as global test houses like TUV, 7 Layers, and AT4 Wireless, which has enabled global coverage with live networks operating in more than 120 cities in the world. With involvement from so many reputable organizations, it is clear that the LoRa Alliance is a major and significantly growing force in driving LoRa adoption.

Laird is an active member in the Alliance and joined hundreds of members from around the world to meet and showcase their LoRa solutions. Laird participated in the exhibition area which was very well attended and fostered excellent discussions and featured demonstrations and end-to-end solutions. Laird presented a demonstration using the RM1xx, the industry’s only combined Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and LoRa module solution, and a BL600 BLE module.

In the demonstration, a BL600 development kit (BLE peripheral mode) used Laird’s smartBASIC programming language to simply and easily take temperature sensor data, send it over BLE to a RM186 (BLE central mode), which bridged this data over 868MHz LoRa connection to a LoRa Gateway, then onto an IP network and represented the data in a webserver.

BL600 LoRa Temperature demo











For more information on LoRa check out our overview, Understanding LoRa.

Learn more about the RM1xx, here.

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5 Responses to LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting Recap

  1. Is there a variant of RM186 that can interface via PCB pads to a PCB antenna eg the one SemTech have?

    That is instead of using the connector on the module and thereby minimising losses and cost.

    • Jordan Manser says:

      Hi Andrew,
      Unfortunately we don’t have an RF Trace variant of the RM186 module. If you like, please feel free to email us at We would be happy to work with you to see what possible options are available to meet your needs.

  2. Thanks for your reply Jordan,

    The PCB foil pattern I plan to use is SemTech’s AN1200.20 Planar F reference design but without the sensor patch. I shall email as you suggest my request.

    It took me a while to find my post again the link is well hidden and then finding the post I was hoping an email notification would have come to me! Thanks anyway.

  3. kajol hajagulkar says:

    can we able to establish communication between two RM186 modules over BLE?

    if yes then please give me procedure for it.

    • Jordan Manser says:

      Yes, it is possible to have a BLE connection between two RM186 modules over BLE. It would be good to know what application you are using and what you are trying to achieve to better answer, but here is a general guideline:
      1. You can put peripheral firmware on one RM186 and central firmware on the other.
      a. When loading central to peripheral or vice versa, this has to be done via JTAG : how-to link
      b. If need be, when upgrading the same kind of firmware (central to central or peripheral to peripheral), this can be done via UART : how-to link
      c. If using your own host microcontroller, this link may help
      (all the above links can be found in documents tab on
      2. Then, you can load smartBASIC application to each device. For example, you can put any peripheral application that adverts and use our same app ( on the central device to scan, connect, read/write data. (Searching with “//#CMD#//” will give a helpful comments on how to use this application)

      You can contact support at with any other questions. Thanks!

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