What is LoRaWAN?
LoRaWAN is a media access control layer protocol for managing communication between LPWAN gateways and end-node devices…
In simple English LoRaWAN is a communication protocol which allows data to be transmitted by an end-node device to a centralized network server. This is a great evolution for carbonTRACK’s technology and it is being at the Massive Murray Paddle.
What is the Massive Murray Paddle?
It’s like the City to Sea race, but in paddle boats/ canoes. Competitors participate in a grueling 5 day paddle race on the Murray River as it snakes its way from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill. It’s held every year and the Murray River comes alive for one of the longest paddle races in the world!
While the event is used as a big fundraiser, the overarching goal is to connect communities while respecting the land; the official slogan is “Connecting people, river and country.”
This year carbonTRACK is involved in helping to create these connections and ensure that participants are kept safe by tracking them. Being a water sport event, the paddle comes with a considerable number of safety concerns. One of the primary tasks for the team organizing and running the event is to keep track of where all of the participants are and make sure they are safe at all times over the 5 day race.
In previous years, this involved having multiple motor boats with several safety officers diligently marking participants off on their checklists. This year, carbonTRACK helped out by tracking all the participants & safety boats with a cool bit of tech.
What tech did carbonTRACK bring to the party?
carbonTRACK faced the complex challenge of placing tracking devices on 120 paddles that would withstand heat & water and have enough battery life to last 5 days. It had to send location information in areas with average at best phone reception. It faced this challenge head on, have a look at this tracking website.
With a Massive team effort (pun intended) carbonTRACK crafted a technology solution that is working a treat. It combined its already super intelligent cellular technology with a LoRaWan communication protocol. This allowed the battery-operated end devices to transmit a signal back to the mobile gateways ensuring that all participants are tracked.
carbonTRACK’s Research & Development team have been looking into LoRaWan for some time now, and the Massive Murray Paddle turned out to be a fantastic way for them to test out some ideas for how it could work. The carbonTRACK tech team believes that LoRaWan will be a game-changer in the energy management space – so watch this space for future developments.