The LoRa® Explorer Kit is a development board powered by Microchip that allows easy and quick prototyping of IoT objects and services using LoRa® technology. This very compact starter kit consists of an Arduino-based platform supporting LoRa® module, Bluetooth module, PCB antenna, rechargeable coin battery and temperature sensor. It is pre-configured to access to the Orange LoRa® network in France. The starter kit also includes access to the Orange data and device management platform – Live Objects (page in French) – where data is collected and available via APIs.
The kit uses an Arduino library, called OrangeForRN2483, for LoRa® communication with the Microchip RN2483 LoRaWAN module. Its code is released under the Apache-2.0 license and can be downloaded from the dedicated repository at Orange-Opensource GitHub. The Arduino technology was chosen because it is Open Source, easily accessible, very popular and already an industry standard.