Rethinking LoRa for the IoT: An InformationCentric Approach

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  • Peter Kietzmann - (Author)
  • José Álamos - , Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Author)
  • Dirk Kutscher - , Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Author)
  • Thomas C. Schmidt - , Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Author)
  • Matthias Wählisch - , Chair of Distributed and Networked Systems (Author)


In this article, we present LoRa-ICN, a new long-range communication system that provides a versatile data-oriented integration of battery-driven LoRa nodes into the Internet of Things (IoT). LoRa-ICN builds on two paradigms: information-centric networking (ICN), which enables more direct, data-oriented communication between Internet systems and the low-power wireless domain, and 802.15.4 DSME, which is an IoT MAC layer that facilitates reliable LoRa transmissions. While the combination of LoRa and DSME is generally better suited for bi-directional end-to-end communication, it still incurs considerable long and variable transmission latencies, and challenges the network layer transition between the power-constrained wireless domain and the Internet. Our design and implementation on actual off-the-shelf IoT hardware includes extensions to ICN that enable delay-tolerant data retrieval between LoRa nodes and an application on the Internet. An experimental comparison between default ICN mechanisms and our extensions shows that LoRa-ICN is able to achieve a high data delivery rate, while dealing with the higher latencies explicitly, thus providing a viable option for re-imaging LoRa networks with a data-oriented, Internet-friendly approach.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number1
Early online date20 Nov 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

External IDs

ORCID /0000-0002-3825-2807/work/148606145
Scopus 85178062712
Mendeley 87933d87-8d7c-34f8-bf6d-b42f9749140b


DFG Classification of Subject Areas according to Review Boards

Subject groups, research areas, subject areas according to Destatis


  • Internet, Internet of Things, Logic gates, Network servers, Protocols, Reliability, Wireless sensor networks