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LoRa Alliance® Announces New LoRaWAN® Payload Codec API Feature that Accelerates Device Onboarding to Enable Massive IoT

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Release of a standards-based Codec API simplifies ease of deployment to drive scale

Fremont, Calif. – October 25, 2022 – The LoRa Alliance®, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN® standard for Internet of Things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), today announced that it has expanded the LoRaWAN standard with the addition of TS013-1.0.0, an application programming interface (API) for application payload decoder-encoders (codecs). Adopting the new specification will allow device manufacturers and application server providers to reduce deployment complexity significantly. This will make it far easier and faster to deploy LoRaWAN devices at a massive scale. The LoRa Alliance will host a webinar on October 27 at 7 am US PDT (now available on-demand) to share how to build a standard codec, focusing on its structure and recommendations for optimization. Click here for more information or to register.

“LoRa Alliance members, working with their customers identified a new opportunity to enhance ease-of-use,” said Donna Moore, CEO, and Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “By doing the work to develop a standardized application payload codec API, we are greatly simplifying the onboarding process, making it easier to integrate and deploy devices, and thereby facilitating massive LoRaWAN deployments. This new specification eliminates yet another barrier to massive IoT with a new standards-based approach.”


LoRaWAN Payload Codec API Specification

When using LoRaWAN to transport application payloads, messages are very compactly encoded to minimize bandwidth usage. As messages reach the application server, they must be decoded to be read and processed. Previously, each device manufacturer or application developer had to write a specific codec for each device and application platform pair, which created friction for device onboarding. With the new payload codec API specification, a codec can be developed once and used on any application platform, achieving considerable savings in terms of reduced complexity and accelerated time to market.

The LoRaWAN Payload Codec API standardizes an API for the JavaScript codecs for LoRaWAN devices to enable adoption by both device makers and application server vendors. A standard codec provides the capability to decode uplinks/downlinks and to encode downlinks, allowing new LoRaWAN devices to be easily integrated into any compatible platform.

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Join the LoRa Alliance This Fall and See How LoRaWAN is Leading Massive IoT

Interested in learning more about the new Codec API feature or the many ways that LoRaWAN supports massive IoT deployments? Please join us onsite at:

  • SIDO | November 8 – 9, 2022, in the Palais de Congrès in Paris (free to attendees)
  • Smart City Expo World Congress | November 15 – 17, 2022, at Fira de Barcelona
  • Enlit | November 29 to December 1, 2022, in Hall 12.1 Stand B192

Editors and analysts interested in arranging a meeting with LoRa Alliance representatives can contact us at


About LoRa Alliance®

The LoRa Alliance® is an open, nonprofit association that has become one of the largest and fastest-growing alliances in the technology sector since its inception in 2015. Its members closely collaborate and share expertise to develop and promote the LoRaWAN® standard, which is the de facto global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWAN connectivity. LoRaWAN has the technical flexibility to address a broad range of IoT applications, both fixed and mobile, and a robust LoRaWAN Certification program to guarantee that devices perform as specified. The LoRaWAN standard has been deployed by more than 170 major mobile network operators globally, with connectivity available worldwide. More information:

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