LoRa and Bluetooth combined in single module series, in distribution

August 25, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Alpha Micro (Basingstoke UK) claims the first IoT modules to combine Bluetooth v4.0 and LoRa support in a single device, the Laird RM1 series, that is specified to enable low energy connectivity over distances of many km.

The RM1 series of modules – currently comprising the RM191 for FCC compliance and the RM186 for CE compliance – are suitable for IoT monitoring, tracking and data collection tasks that require reliable battery-powered devices in remote, dangerous and difficult-to-access locations. Potential applications include industrial, agricultural, and utility. These new modules allow IoT devices to gather sensor data and send control messages via short range wireless Bluetooth or physical links. They can share that data with central servers or gateways – and also be remotely managed – via LoRa, over a range of up to 10 miles (about 15 km).


“By bringing together these two complementary technologies, with their great coverage of local and wide area communication respectively, we're now able to provide a single, cost-effective, ultra low-power module that provides total, seamless wireless networking coverage for any IoT device,” said Tim Bonnett, Director at Alpha Micro Components. “In addition, this module really simplifies implementation and accelerates roll out by packaging a complete wireless communications solution in a single module, with a trusted, field-tested development environment.”

The RM1 series modules can be integrated into IoT devices with rapid time to market, using the smartBasic language. Laird’s smartBasic is an event-driven programming language which enables automated, hostless applications and helps cut OEM development risk and cost.

The RM1 series are the first commercial-available IoT modules to provide both BT 4.0 and LoRa – offering the best of both worlds and a complete wireless communications solution for IoT.

Alpha Micro; www.alphamicro.net/franchises/laird/rm1xx-series.aspx