Satellite vs Cellular vs LoRA?
LoRaWAN vs Cellular
A common question is which radio transmission technology you should use: LoRaWAN or cellular?
For most installations we recommend using our standard unit which transmits data via cellular service. A LoRaWAN is recommended in extremely remote locations where cellular service is not available.
|Best Use||Anywhere outdoors||Anywhere where cellular service is available||Remote areas, where cellular is unavailable|
|Battery Life*||(external solar) 3-5 years||(solar) 3-5 years||(solar) 3-5 years|
|Requires own gateway & network knowledge?||No||No||Yes, in most cases you must setup your own LoRa gateway|
|Range||Anywhere outdoors||Everywhere cell service is available||2 miles rural, ½ mile or less urban|
|Wireless Signal susceptible to noise?||Minimal||Some||Yes|
|Can send bridge vibration data||No||Yes||No (due to limited payload size)|
|Multiple Sensors?||Limited||Yes||Maybe (limited payload size)|
|Works in very remote areas?||Yes||No (cellular coverage required)||Yes|
|Cost?||$1495||$995||$995 + gateway|
*depends on environment of use. High temperature may shorten battery life