SystemBase Co Ltd exhibited the "Lory" LoRa-based wireless modem at Factory 2016 Fall, which took place from Oct 19 to 21, 2016, at Tokyo Big Sight.
By using a communication technology called "LoRa," it enables long-distance data transmission between smartphones, etc without a base station or relay station. SystemBase has just announced a pilot model of the Lory last week at a trade show in South Korea and plans to officially release the product within 2016.
The Lory is connected to a smartphone, tablet computer, etc via Bluetooth. As a result, it becomes possible to exchange data with a person who has the Lory and a mobile device and is located less than 5-8km away. If the distance between them is short, a phone call can be made. Currently, it is necessary to install a special application called "Himalaya Talk."
"We expect it to be used in the mountains or on the sea that signals from base stations do not reach," SystemBase said.
The maximum data transmission rate of the Lory is 300Kbps. It can be continuously used for eight hours (168 hours in the power-saving mode). It measures 90 x 45 x 12mm.