LoRaWAN Payload Codec API Feature Accelerates IoT Device Onboarding

by Mat Dirjish

The LoRa Alliance says its new low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) payload codec application programming interface (API) accelerates device onboarding to enable massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. Essentially, the alliance has expanded the LoRaWAN standard with the addition of the TS013-1.0.0 API for application payload decoder-encoders (codecs). It claims the new specification will allow device manufacturers and application server providers to reduce deployment complexity significantly and make it easier and faster to deploy LoRaWAN devices on a massive scale.

Prior to the new codec, device manufacturers or application developers wrote a specific codec for each device and application platform pair, which creates friction for device onboarding. Using the TS013-1.0.0 API codec, they develop a single codec that’s useable on any application platform.

The LoRaWAN Payload Codec API standardizes an API for JavaScript codecs for LoRaWAN devices to enable adoption by both device makers and application server vendors. A standard codec provides the capability to decode uplinks/downlinks and to encode downlinks, allowing the integration of new LoRaWAN devices into any compatible platform.

On October 27, 2022 at 7 am US PDT, the LoRa Alliance will host a webinar on how to build a standard codec. For more information and/or to register, visit the LoRaWAN Payload Codec API page. Also, for further details and data, visit the LoRa Alliance website.

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