What is LoRaWAN? – Video Release

What is LoRaWAN?

With the new year comes many new opportunities, you may be looking to upgrade your business into a smart business using LoRaWAN sensors to aid in your decision making.

If you have ever wondered what LoRaWAN is then look no further. We here at Alliot are aware that in the modern world, time is precious. Information needs to be delivered fast and be responsive, much like a LoRaWAN network. That’s why we have created a short informative video to explain LoRaWAN just for you. So watch out for our next installments in our video series on youtube as well as our social media.

Video Transcript

What is LoRaWAN?
LoRaWAN stands for Long Range Wide Area Network and is a communication protocol designed to operate over LoRa radio. Which is essentially a Long-range modulation to get information through the air over long ranges whilst using very little power.

What makes up a LoRaWAN network?
Typically a LoRaWAN Network consists of lots of devices or sensors, a number of radio gateways and a Network Server that enables all components to communicate. These connected devices gather small packets of data which are then transmitted via the cloud and presented in a user-friendly way, most commonly by a dashboard.

So why choose to use LoRaWAN?
Working with a LoRaWAN network offers many benefits with improved range of sensors with distances up to 10+ Kilometers. As well as being a wireless system with little set up which can remotely be done via a dashboard. LoRaWAN networks also integrate seamlessly into existing network infrastructure with plug and play features.#

What’s more LoRaWAN sensors are powered by internal batteries allowing for reduced maintenance as data is transmitted periodically, helping to save battery life. With batteries typically lasting multiple years, some lasting 5+ years!

And as you know lower maintenance means cheaper costs and less headaches for you. LoRaWAN & Alliot help you with all of this & more!

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Join Alliot at The Things Conference 2021

With just under two weeks to go until the world’s largest LoRaWAN event goes live, we’ve been taking a look at what the event has to offer. Find out why we think The Things Conference 2021 is this year’s must attend event.

Having sponsored The Things Conference in Amsterdam last year, we were incredibly impressed with the quality of the content provided throughout the event. We won’t be jumping on a place to Amsterdam this year unfortunately, but with a new virtual approach it’s expected the event will attract over 15,000 IoT professionals from around the world! Taking place from 25th – 29th January 2021, this year’s Things Conference is set to be a great event jam packed with the latest news, products and tech developments.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend The Things Conference 2021

  1. Hear from some of the world’s leading experts about the truth behind creating LoRaWAN solutions. Discover what can cause the biggest headaches, and how to avoid the biggest pitfalls.

  2. The Things Conference 2021 is a content-led event, aiming to provide insightful, educational information to inspire its attendees. All attendees can access a wide variety of workshops, presentations and demos to help you to develop your LoRaWAN knowledge. Our very own Technical Director, Paul Hayes will be hosting a workshop on what to look for when choosing your LoRaWAN devices. Join him on Monday 25th January at 3:45 pm to hear more.

    The full conference schedule can be viewed on The Things Conference 2021 website.


  3. Discover the latest LoRaWAN products on The Things Conference 2021 Wall of Fame. Featuring the latest and greatest IoT hardware, the virtual Wall of Fame provides all the vital information you need to know about the newest LoRaWAN products.

  4. The Internet of Things Podcaster, Stacey Higginbotham will be hosting a series of interviews throughout the conference. Tune in to hear our Business Development Manager, Robert Ferriday’s top tips for ensuring practical LoRaWAN deployments.

  5. Connecting with others in the industry can be difficult under the current COVID-19 restrictions. With curated matchmaking and online networking areas, you can be sure you’ll be connected to the people most suited to your requirements. It’s also a great opportunity to join small groups to discuss specific LoRaWAN topics with like-minded individuals.

Registration couldn’t be easier, simply register online today to start planning your schedule for The Things Conference 2021. For a 20% discount on your ticket price enter our discount code: TTC2021-FRIEND-OF-ALLIOT at the checkout.

We hope you’ll be able to join us! To schedule a meeting with a member of our team please get in touch.

Alliot Christmas Opening Times

As we approach the end of the year, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. We will be operating a reduced service over the festive period, here’s more details of Alliot’s 2020 Christmas opening times.

Our team will be on hand to help throughout the festive period, but please note we will be operating a reduced service which may increase waiting times for responses.

Date Opening Hours
Thursday 24th December 09:00 – 13:00
Friday 25th December CLOSED
Monday 28th December CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December 10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday 30th December 10:00 – 16:00
Thursday 31st December 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 1st January CLOSED
Monday 4th January 09:00 – 17:30

2020 has been a challenging year for us all, but thanks to your support we have achieved some great things. Over the past year, we have more than doubled our product offering, achieved new distribution statuses enabling us to bring you the latest IoT innovations, and assisted an endless number of businesses in creating innovative LoRaWAN solutions.

Orders will continue to be shipped throughout this period, if you require a specific service please contact a member of our team to discuss your options. We look forward to working with you in the New Year!

A Short Guide to Creating a LoRaWAN Enabled Christmas Tree

There are virtually an endless amount of uses for the Netvox R809AG Smart Plug. With the festive season upon us, our team have created a smart solution, enabling us to remotely control the lights on our office Christmas Tree. Discover how you too can create your own LoRaWAN enabled Christmas Tree with our short guide.

So you have your tree trimmed to the nines, your lights are perfectly placed, all you need now is a way to remotely control and programme when your tree is illuminated. With LoRaWAN, this couldn’t be simpler. To get started, you will need the following parts:

  • Netvox R809AG smart plug.

Installation process

Simply connect the smart plug into the power socket and then plug your Christmas Tree lights into it.

Then, add the Netvox R809AG into the LoRa Network Server of your choice.

LoRaWAN Enabled Christmas Tree - How to
(Wanesy LNS used in this example)

Once the device has successfully joined the network, it is ready to operate.
Find your device in the LNS and send the following message 910E000000000000000000 on the port 7.

Switching lights on

Voilà – you have switched on your Christmas Tree lights!

To switch off lights, simply send the following message 900E000000000000000000 on the port 7.

Switching lights off

See our LoRaWAN Enabled Christmas Tree Live in Action

And that’s it! You’ve just made your Christmas Tree LoRaWAN enabled!

Merry Christmas!

Alliot’s Shortlisted in the 2020 IoT Global Awards!

It’s celebrations all round for the Alliot Team. Following the recent shortlist announcement for the 2020 IoT Global Awards, we’re ecstatic to join the creme de la creme of the IoT world.

What are the IoT Global Awards?

The IoT Global Awards are one of the industry’s most prestigious awards programs. Designed to honour the most innovative companies, products and individual talent across a range of 11 different categories.

Start-up, Business Development or Ecosystem of the Year

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Start-up, Business Development or Ecosystem of the Year category. As a relatively young company, we have successfully accelerated our company over the last 18 months to provide a unique offering unlike any other, but what is it exactly that makes us different?

  • We hold direct relationships with many of the world’s leading device manufacturers and software developers.
  • We enable you to pick and choose the devices and services you need to bring your project to life.
  • Our expert team are on hand to assist you with every step of your journey. From conception to commercial deployment we have an incredibly knowledgeable team ready to help.
  • We hold stock of many of the devices we supply meaning you don’t have long wait times to get your project up and running.
  • Through our provisioning services, we are able to ship items direct to site ready to plug & play, already configured to work the way you want them to.
  • Over the last 12 months, we successfully delivered 169 projects to customers throughout the UK and Europe. We are dedicated to making IoT accessible to all, and strive to continue to bring more world-class devices and services to our partners.

    As with many things this year, there will be no physical event this year. Award winners will instead be announce virtually on 19th November. The entire Alliot Team would like to congratulate all finalists and wish everyone the very best of luck!

Using the Kentix SmartXcan with Access Control Systems

The Kentix SmartXcan has been helping to keep our team safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Paired with an access control system, you too can create a smart solution which can limit access for people whom’s body temperature may be higher, helping to reduce the risk of transmission. We’ve taken a look at access control systems and how the Kentix SmartXcan can integrate with your existing infrastructure.

Buildings have made use of access control systems for decades. Hospitals, care homes, apartment blocks, office buildings, public buildings, anywhere you can think of there is likely an access control system in place. These access control systems are in place to ensure that the right people can access the right areas of a building, and that the wrong people cannot.

However, with the rise of COVID-19, an access control system based only on access permissions may no longer be enough. This is where the new SmartXcan unit from Kentix comes in.

How can the Kentix SmartXcan help?

Because of the pandemic, not only is there now a concern of whether the correct people are allowed access to a building, there is also the concern of whether that person is likely to spread a disease that they are not even aware they are carrying. This is why Kentix have designed the SmartXcan to not only act as a stand-alone unit to advise the user whether or not they have a fever – the first symptom of a viral infection in 90% of cases – but to also integrate with an access control system through its multiple interfaces.

Using anonymous readings via its thermal imaging camera, and deleting them quickly after reading, allows the SmartXcan to be fully GDPR-compliant, and using contactless technology it removes the concern of itself being a surface for COVID-19 to spread.

The SmartXcan can either use webhooks to send a HTTP signal to a network-based access control system whenever it scans someone, or use its digital outputs to wire into a legacy system and say “this person is fine, let them in if they are authorised” or “this person has a fever, do not let them in, even if they are authorised”.

With stock readily available, the Kentix SmartXcan provides an ideal solution to help protect those who are unable to work from home. For assistance with developing your IoT solutions and integrating devices with your existing equipment get in touch to discuss your requirements.

How can IoT help with Ventilation in the Workplace?

Ventilation in the workplace with Alliot Technologies

Ventilation has long been a requirement in the workplace. Now, as we head into winter ventilation is more important than ever in helping to create a COVID-secure workplace. We’ve taken a look at the latest guidance and how LoRaWAN air quality sensors could help.

It’s outlined by the HSE that all workplaces need an adequate supply of fresh air. This is often achieved naturally from doors and windows, or can be controlled through HVAC systems. But, as we enter into the colder months, having windows and doors open is not always practical (least not in the UK!). What’s more, with the added complication of COVID-19, there’s now even more reason to ensure air flow rates are maintained at the recommended rate.

The WHO has reported that HVAC systems can both positively and negatively affect the risk of pathogen spread. Re-circulation of air is not recommended. If air is being circulated, it is recommended that filters are cleaned regularly. This is where IoT can come in.

Meet the enLink Status-AF

Monitor ventilation in the workplace with the enLink Status-AF

The enLink Status-AF LoRaWAN air flow sensor is specially designed to monitor and ensure recommended air flow rates. It can be easily installed into the area you wish to monitor, with no interference to any existing equipment you may have running. Recorded data is then transmitted to your chosen dashboard via a LoRaWAN gateway. Alerts can be pre-configured to be automatically raised if ari flow rates are outside of your set parameters, enabling you to take quick action if it’s required.

Protection Against Your Investment

Despite its importance right now, ventilation in the workplace is here to stay. Using IoT in monitoring your air flow rates can help to create a COVID-secure workplace, but it can also be useful to:

Creating an Intelligent Building Management System with IoT

Our wide range of sensors can be applied to an endless variety of applications. In fact, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming deciphering what sensors to apply to your project. To help, we’ve created a case study to demonstrate how you may apply some of our LoRaWAN devices to create an intelligent business management system.

We often find that our customers know what issues they want to solves, but don’t always know how to address these. Our expert team are on hand to assist your with the planning, design and implementation of your IoT projects.

One of the beauties of LoRaWAN is that it can be implemented with minimal cost and disruption. LoRaWAN operates on its own network meaning you don’t have to disrupt any of your existing infrastructure. It also offers a scalable solution to enable you to expand your measurement points as/when your project expands.

Smart Buildings with Alliot

When creating this case study, we began by thinking about three key factors you may wish to address when creating an intelligent building management system, for this purpose we selected:

  • Workplace safety
  • Creating optimal working conditions for staff members
  • Optimising overall efficiencies

These three objectives are often at the forefront of many building/facilities managers agendas. Many want to improve the overall environment of their buildings for staff well being, as well as making savings by improving operational efficiencies. Whatever your objectives, we know that in order to be commercially deployable, your solutions need to offer a positive return on your investment.

The next step we made was to apply the objectives to our chosen application of intelligent BMS’. We put ourselves into the shoes of an office worker (we can just about recall being in the office!) and looked at the journey in and around the building. This lead us to select the following products.

  1. Elsys Desk Sensor: Monitors desk occupancy, temperature and humidity to create optimal working conditions.
  2. Netvox R72615A CO2 Sensor: Improve staff productivity by monitoring CO2 levels.
  3. Kerlink Ifemtocell Evolution Gateway: Transfer data from your sensors to your selected platform.
  4. Kerlink Wanesy Platform: Visualise your recorded data.
  5. Tekelek Waste Bin Sensor: Optimise waste collections.
  6. Kentix SmartXcan: Monitor the body temperatures of employees and visitors to create a COVID-secure workplace.
  7. Netvox R718CK2 Thermocouple Sensor: Remotely monitor your Legionella risk and automatically maintain records.
  8. Robeau Smart Water Meter: Make savings based on water usage and remotely detect leaks.

Find out more about how we applied the above devices in our BMS case study.

For assistance with designing your intelligent building management system solution of for information about creating a bespoke proof of concept kit contact our expert team today.

Sign up for our new Alliot Tech Support Portal

Support portal

Raise and manage your technical support tickets online with Alliot’s new Tech Support Portal. Simply register for a free account today to track the progress and manage your technical support requests.

Tired of hearing ‘have you tried turning it on and off again’? Want to get to the issue with an actual tech specialist not on a script? Alliot’s new Tech Support Portal is now available for all your support needs.

Dedicated IoT Specialists

Built with the latest ticket raising software, the new Alliot Tech Support Portal makes sure that your support issue is placed in front of an actual human! Meaning that you will have a dedicated IoT specialist looking into any issues you may have with your IoT set up.

Now we hope you won’t experience too many technical issues in your IoT system, however, you can rest assured that our experienced Technical Team are on hand to offer an exceptional level of support. With a collective 15+ years of experience between our team, there isn’t a query we couldn’t answer.

How it all works

On the rare occasion that we are unable to answer or fix your issue there and then, our crack team of boffins and tinkerers will work tirelessly to get to the root of the issue. With advanced equipment to attempt to recreate the parameters of the issue you are facing in house. Our team are fast, adaptive and responsive to your needs.

The easiest way to raise an issue with you IoT system is to use our Tech Support Portal. Easy to use and navigate, simply sign up and sign in to create your ticket. Within the Portal you are able to raise new tickets as well as check the progress of any existing support queries. Contact the Alliot Team today to bring your IoT solutions to life.

Stay Alert with IoT

As we continue to adjust to the ‘new normal’ we’ve been taking a look at hos IoT can help us all to stay alert and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

With social distancing still remaining a key focus in reducing the transmission of COVID-19, many businesses have now implemented robust procedures to help protect both staff and visitors. These new conditions can be time consuming to maintain and add additional pressure to staff. The beauty of IoT means that some processes can be remotely monitored and help to raise alerts if results are outside of the set parameters.

We recently took a look at three ways to kickstart your new normal using IoT. In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at some of the more specialist products and how they could be beneficial to areas such as retail, theatres and cinemas.

Smart Retail

Netvox R718PQA Toilet Occupancy Sensor

Netvox’s R718PQA toilet occupancy sensor can be useful in maintaining a one-in-one-out system in toilets. It can also be used to monitor changing rooms in smart retail environments.

Utilising a PIR sensor, this smart device differentiates between body heat and heat from other sources to monitor whether changing rooms are in use. This can help to maintain social distancing and paired with a visual signal it can simplify the availability of changing rooms.

Get in touch with a member of our expert team to discover how you can configure the Netvox R718PQA with a visual alert device.

Smart Seating Solutions for Theatres and Cinemas

Netvox R311WA Seat Occupancy Sensor

Based on advice provided by the UK Cinema Association, cinemas should maintain social distancing of customers in cinema auditoriums wherever possible and particularly while seated. The Netvox R311WA seat occupancy sensor could prove particularly useful in adhering to the current guidelines. Offering a flexible two-way solution, the R311WA enables you to set pre-configured alerts to your preferred platform. This could be to alert you to seats that are occupied which shouldn’t be helping you to virtually assess safe distancing between visitors.

IoT devices can offer some incredible advantages in helping to support the transition to the new normal. Regardless of your application, we provide a wide range of sensors which enable you to remotely monitor a variety of factors. Discover the power of IoT with Alliot today.

COVID-19 IoT Solutions
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