BLOG: Why LoRaWAN Academy? 4 reasons to adopt this IoT curriculum

Posted by LoRaWAN Academy on Nov 14, 2017 3:48:17 PM

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new idea. Decades ago, researchers began to explore the concept of connected objects. Fast forward 20+ years later and IoT solutions are finally being deployed and commercially adopted. Now is the time to learn about the current IoT landscape and immerse both yourself and your students in the leading technologies to better prepare for the real-world.

Use the list of LoRaWAN Academy features below to determine if your university is both equipped to integrate the LoRaWAN Academy curriculum and if it will help your students better-prepare for IoT.

  • Learn about the LoRaWAN™ global open standard from the creators of LoRa® and the ecosystem that standardized its international adoption. LoRaWAN is an open specification for low power wide area networks (LPWANs) based on LoRa Technology, a chip and modulation technique that was created by Semtech specifically for IoT. LoRaWAN enables wireless connectivity in the unlicensed spectrum that features extremely long range networks that operate using very low batter power. Early on, Semtech, along with a number of industry-leading technology companies, recognized the need for standardization to scale international deployments of LoRaWAN networks and end nodes, so they founded the LoRa Alliance™. The LoRa Alliance now includes over 500 members committed to standardizing the LoRaWAN specification, including LoRaWAN Academy sponsors: Kerlink, Microchip, myDevices, Semtech Corporation, and The Things Network. You’ll learn about LoRaWAN directly from the main sources!
  • LoRaWAN is a top LPWAN solution for the Internet of Things. LoRaWAN-based networks and solutions have been deployed by LoRa Alliance members in over 60 countries worldwide. Top-tier telecom operators are among hundreds of companies that have selected LoRaWAN because it features long range, low power, wide area connectivity that optimizes battery power, provides deeply penetrable signals, and is interoperable with existing infrastructure for streamlined and cost-efficient deployment. Most importantly, LoRaWAN-solutions are already available and used commercially today.
  • Coursework is supplemented with hardware kits and network infrastructure packages. As engineers, hands-on labs are critical for applied learning. LoRaWAN Academy hosts a robust online classroom that is supplemented by a complete hardware starter kit and network package for conducting labs, creating real IoT solutions and researching LPWAN technology—all on your university’s campus. Students will have the opportunity to share their projects in our online forums to increase project exposure with both peers and enterprises involved in the program.
  • Create cutting-edge research using commercially deployed IoT solutions. Though we may be biased, the great thing about LoRaWAN and the LoRaWAN Academy is that the technology is not only available, but real companies have deployed commercial solutions. You will be working with the actual hardware and software that enterprises are using, making the learnings not only valuable, but completely applicable with real-world engineering jobs.

There they are. Just four of the many reasons LoRaWAN Academy will benefit your engineering program. Prepare yourself, your students and your campus for the Internet of Things today, and apply now.

About LoRaWAN Academy

LoRaWAN Academy is a hands-on, comprehensive curriculum for universities to give future and current engineers the fundamental skills needed for the Internet of Things (IoT). The curriculum includes hardware starter kits and network infrastructure as well as a comprehensive learning program for universities to adopt. The curriculum includes 10 weeks of self-paced online classes that includes video lectures, supplemental reading materials, hands-on assignments, and access to peers in a global LoRaWAN forum. The corporate sponsors of the LoRaWAN Academy are Kerlink, LoRa Alliance, Microchip, myDevices, Semtech Corporation and The Things Network. For more information, visit

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