Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Title: LoRa and LoRaWAN: Advantages, Pitfalls, and Countermeasures
Dr. Dimitrios Zorbas is an Assistant Professor at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Piraeus in Greece. He has worked as post doctoral researcher at Inria Lille – Nord Europe and at University of La Rochelle in France. He was also a researcher at Tyndall National Institute – University College Cork in Ireland after receiving a Marie Curie fellowship. He is author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in the area of wireless communications, protocols, and edge computing. He has worked in several national as well as FP7 and H2020 projects. He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.
LoRa (Long Range) and LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) technologies have emerged as powerful solutions for long-range, low-power communication in the realm of Internet of Things (IoT). The talk explores their advantages, such as their extensive range, cost-effectiveness, and low power consumption, making them ideal for diverse applications. However, it also delves into the pitfalls, including susceptibility to certain security vulnerabilities and potential network congestion. Countermeasures against these vulnerabilities, such as encryption protocols and adaptive data rate mechanisms, are discussed to enhance security and network efficiency. The talk aims to provide a concise overview of the strengths, weaknesses, and strategies to mitigate risks in LoRa and LoRaWAN technologies.