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Experiences from Using LoRa and IEEE 802.15.4 for IoT-Enabled Classrooms

  • Lidia Pocero
  • Stelios Tsampas
  • Georgios MylonasEmail author
  • Dimitrios Amaxilatis
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11912)

Abstract

Several networking technologies targeting the IoT application space currently compete within the smart city domain, both in outdoor and indoor deployments. However, up till now, there is no clear winner, and results from real-world deployments have only recently started to surface. In this paper, we present a comparative study of 2 popular IoT networking technologies, LoRa and IEEE 802.15.4, within the context of a research-oriented IoT deployment inside school buildings in Europe, targeting energy efficiency in education. We evaluate the actual performance of these two technologies in real-world settings, presenting a comparative study on the effect of parameters like the built environment, network quality, or data rate. Our results indicate that both technologies have their advantages, and while in certain cases both are perfectly adequate, in our use case LoRa exhibits a more robust behavior. Moreover, LoRa’s characteristics make it a very good choice for indoor IoT deployments such as in educational buildings, and especially in cases where there are low bandwidth requirements.

Keywords

IoT LoRa IEEE 802.15.4 Educational buildings Real-world deployment LPWAN Evaluation 

Notes

Acknowledgment

This work has been supported by the EU research project “European Extreme Performing Big Data Stacks” (E2Data), funded by the European Commission under H2020 and contract number 780245, and the “Green Awareness In Action” (GAIA) project, funded by the European Commission and the EASME under H2020 and contract number 696029. This document reflects only the authors’ views and the EC and EASME are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”PatrasGreece

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