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A warm welcome to Osprey, LoRaWAN Network Server Version 7

LORIOT’s next step towards excellence

It was around a year ago that we announced the release of LORIOT Network Server version 6, and ever since, we’ve been working non-stop to improve the features, performance and scalability of our product. I am now thrilled to present to you Osprey, LORIOT’s latest version of our LoRaWAN Network Server.

The same way ospreys constantly follow migration routes in search of better weather conditions and feeding options, our team has been working with passion and determination to take further steps towards quality, reliability and usability. Always keeping in mind that our customers are the most important part of our business, we take care of every detail in their journey into IoT networks, making sure our product fulfils their expectations both from a technical and business perspective

Ready to find out what’s new? You’re at the right place!

Improved experience on our Public Servers

Our Community servers are the best option for proof of concept, pilot projects, academic research and testing our solution. New limits allow you to now register unlimited gateways and up to 30 devices.

From the very start, you will be able to use our carrier-grade network servers and route device data to your IoT application by using a variety of standard communication protocols, pre-built integrations and IoT platforms. In fact, Osprey incorporates two new Output options: Thingshub by SmartMakers and Cumulocity by Software AG. Give them a try for a best in class LoRaWAN experience and get all the value from the data your services generate.

A new community server optimized for Israeli market has just been deployed and other new Community Public Servers and Professional Public Servers in different locations are on our road map to be deployed in the coming months so stick around to see our global public network grow worldwide!

New limits for free Community accounts. Unlimited gateways, up to 30 devices and 2 new output options.
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Let’s talk about the User Interface

The UI has been optimised to increase efficiency and reduce traffic and a Two-Factor Authentication has been added to the user part of the UI for additional security. When enabled, users will receive their 2FA code via email and will be required to enter it before logging in.

Historical device data is now a dedicated menu page and displays historical radio-related data such as daily device downlinks/uplinks & lost messages, RSSI for gateways, SNR for gateways, gateways in range and spreading factor. This gives you lots of granular detail across your network to ensure it is running optimally. We know how important it is to have as much information as possible about our connected gateways and thanks to our self developed LORIOT packet forwarder we can gather very valuable information about their performance and status. Automated alerts reduce management and ensure you can be confident your gateways are performing as expected.

Gateway alerts have been improved and extended:

  • Enable/disable all types of alerts on a given gateway
  • Latency and status alerts are now two types of alerts
  • New Uplink traffic alert with configurable threshold value
  • New Gateway Configuration Change alert
  • New CPU Usage alert
  • New Memory Usage alert

LORIOT’s multitenancy implementation allows multiple users to coexist and operate on the same server instance, be it a privately-owned server or a LORIOT-managed Public Server.
The Admin User Interface, available for Organization Admins and Server Operators, allows admins to set server parameters regarding APIs and display the current server settings.

Gateway, Devices and Application search is now available to Organisation Admins to view these resources belonging to accounts within the Organisation. Also the sorting mechanism for global devices and applications now includes the option to sort by Owner, making it easier for customers to manage their user resources more efficiently.

The LoRaWAN Core, where intelligence happens.

The reputation of our Network Server has always relied on quality and performance and our technical team has once again put the focus on guaranteeing the reliability of our product.

Backend scalability and microservices communication have been improved for higher efficiency, as well as message processing, essential for big LoRaWAN deployments. The flexibility and robustness of our software allows our customers to successfully manage their networks, from pilot projects and PoCs with a few hundred sensors to bigger deployments with thousands of devices and gateways. Having proved our success in such deployments, both in the private and public sectors, our goal is to constantly upgrade our Network Server to keep on being the preferential option when it comes to manage and operate a LoRaWAN network.

The External Join Server Interface, that allows users to use a different Join Server than the co-located one provided by LORIOT, this has also been reworked for wider compatibility.

The new LORIOT LNS Osprey ensures superior reliability, security e scalability from pilot projects and PoCs with a few hundred sensors to bigger deployments with thousands of devices and gateways.
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In pursuit of global coverage

Support for Passive Roaming has been added too and now customers with private LORIOT Network Servers can now potentially enter Passive Roaming agreements with other LoRaWAN® networks provided the necessary criteria are met. As announced earlier this year, the LoRa Alliance® continues to drive a strategy of making LoRaWAN widely accessible and easy to use. With public and private LoRaWAN networks active in more than 160 countries, the interconnection of networks and the possibility for devices to move between them is the only way to accomplish global coverage.

LORIOT LNS Osprey fully supports LoRa Alliance Passive Roaming allowing new use cases and opening up to completely new business scenarios.
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In roaming scenarios, neighbouring networks are able to roam with each other, expanding their coverage without deploying additional gateways. LORIOT partners with national networks can connect to expand global coverage, which opens up the market for further supply chain and logistic use cases.

International companies offering global products and solutions can establish connectivity contracts with local network operators and expand their business in an easy and reliable way.

Behind the scenes

We know our APIs are one of the key factors that differentiate us and therefore testing, supporting and documenting them is vital. Our developers know that very well and they have worked hard to maintain a high standard of service in this component of our business, which is fundamental for our customers to be able to automate the communication and interaction with the Network Server.

  • API logging has been improved for better monitoring and log management, plus login errors now use tags for ease of read and error differentiation instead of generic error codes.
  • Public IP and Network details have been added and are now available as parameters returned with the gateway API calls.
  • Downlink Queue Management for Multicast Downlinks has been reworked for better performance.
  • New fields for server properties for /1/admin/status:
    • serverCity
    • serverCountry
    • serverType

One more small step in our continuous quest to improve and stand out in this world of IoT, a world in constant evolution and change. The key to being successful is finding the perfect balance between various factors. The feedback from our clients and partners, our experience gained from project after project, the desire to continue improving and having our eyes open for everything that the ecosystem can offer in such a dynamic and promising environment.

We've just started our sixth anniversary celebrations, the team continues to grow to face the challenges that await us in the future. In my experience it’s truly gratifying to see how throughout our relatively short adventure, the team’s eagerness and will to bring added value to this technological world continues to increase.

Get in touch with us and be our companion in this exciting journey!

Chiara Fezzardi

Carles Gramage
IoT Solutions Architect & Business Development