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Alternative Protocols and Measuring Techniques for 2.4 GHz LoRa Communication.

Subject

Co-promotor: An Braeken

Part of the growing IoT scene is low-power, long range communication. LoRa is a popular and growing technology designed for this market segment. Low-power networks typically use very constrained devices, with a limited, battery powered power supply.
A recent development is the availability of LoRa in the 2.4 GHz frequency band. This offers the possibility of higher data rates at a shorter but still a significant range as compared to short range solutions at 2,4 GHz..

Research towards more optimized protocols for LoRa is a very active topic. In particular, the multihop LoRa solutions as compared to the traditional single hop star based solution is under investigation by many research groups in the world. We contribute by proposing routing protocols and improved Medium Access Control and Radio Duty Cycling protocols with the goal to improve reliability and extend and battery life.

As thesis you would look into the novel LoRa protocols, likely adapting an existing protocol for 2.4 GHz LoRa. As part of this you would also expand an existing network evaluation setup with this communication possibility, meaning the design and implementation of a radio shield PCB and radio driver.

Kind of work

Develop a radio shield and radio driver, to be used with motes that do not have a LoRa radio.
Implement novel protocols for LoRa 2.4 GHz
Test and evaluate the radio and implemented protocols on motes.

Framework of the Thesis

For our current research projects we work in cooperation with industry partners interested in novel IoT solutions.

Number of Students

1

Expected Student Profile

Good programming skills
Possibly some hardware skills, if not the subject is still suitable.

Promotor

Prof. Dr. Ir. Kris Steenhaut

+32 (0)2 629 2977

ksteenha@etrovub.be

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Mr. Roald Van Glabbeek

+32 (0)2 629 2930

rvanglab@etrovub.be

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Mr. Thomas Perale

+32 (0)2 629 2987

tperale@etrovub.be

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