Geolocation for LoRaWAN Applications

Unlock the value of LPWAN-enabled geolocation

LoRaWAN is Geolocation Ready

LoRaWAN infrastructure provides a geolocation solution for Low Power Wide Area Networks, enabling a wide range of applications requiring location determination for battery powered endpoints.


With over fifty percent of the IoT market best suited to Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity and a third of the world’s 15 billion connected devices forecasted to be dependent on geodata by 2020, LoRa® geolocation is well positioned to offer power efficient and cost-effective location capability for a wide range of applications that do not require the precision of GPS.

When a LoRaWAN uplink is heard by 3 or more capable gateways, it is possible to triangulate the end-device’s location using uplink timestamps and Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA). The end device position is established by analyzing the variance in the time stamp data relayed form each receiving gateway.

Benefits of LoRaWAN Geolocation

Cost-effective location services for LPWAN applications

Designed in

IoT solutions benefit from this feature with little additional effort. There is no special hardware required and no additional Bill of Material (BOM) cost for end-devices to operate LoRaWAN Geolocation services.

Broad Applicability

LoRaWAN geolocation is highly applicable to many use cases in the asset management and logistic markets and is a viable commercial technology for a wide variety of IoT applications where GPS is cost and/or battery life prohibitive.

Location without life cycle impact

Network-derived geolocation does not require any additional processing on the end node, maintaining the standard low power consumption of LoRa.

Simple and Secure

Geolocation is easy to deploy and manage, and is secure. Over-the-air messages do not contain any positioning information. On top of the standard 128 bits AES encryption inherent to the LoRaWAN protocol, this prohibits access to, or vulnerability of, asset or personal geolocation information.

Use Cases

A diagram that depicts cost vs battery life

LoRaWAN geolocation supports a variety of outdoor, wide-area applications:

  • Movement of a normally stationary asset (anti-theft for construction site, utility yard, airport, campus, etc.)
  • Tracking slow-moving assets requiring infrequent position updates (applicable to many smart agriculture and smart city use cases)

LoRaWAN Geolocation Whitepaper

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