Low-Cost Long Range IoT Communication Systems for Smart Farming Applications in Developing Countries

  • Tefo Motswakae Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Botswana, Private Bag UB0061, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Sajid M. Sheikh Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Botswana, Private Bag UB0061, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Ibo M. Ngebani Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Botswana, Private Bag UB0061, Gaborone, Botswana
Keywords: Iot, LoRA, Smart Agriculture

Abstract

To provide communication network connectivity to the internet for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, reliable communication systems are needed. This paper presents a performance-based analysis of a Low Power Wireless Area Network (LPWAN) named LoRa. A client server model is used to conduct the measurement tests. Performance metrics that were investigated included, coverage, effect of payload size and selection of parameters settings. It was found out that a higher spreading factor and coding rates lead to better coverage using LoRa.

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Published
2020-10-31
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Articles