Information on key features and changes made to the Portal are found here. Preliminary release notes, when listed, are for features and changes planned for the next release.
May 2020 - Release Notes
- Enhanced Map support to include access to Custom Layers.
- Improved Devices and Application Devices table export compatibility with Excel. Dates and numbers are automatically recognized as the correct type for sorting.
- Added the ability to filter Devices on a Map by Tag, Application, and Contract.
- Addressed an issue where Tag values could not be removed via Device Update.
Application Providers & RAN Providers
- Added Summary Statistics header to Planning Maps. This header displays number of Planning Entries in a map and the Path Quality distribution.
Base Station Management
- Updated bulk Base Station provisioning to include Channel Plan configuration.
- Updated Alert Engine so that Alert Levels 4 & 5 both support Low and Critical thresholds for Daily Device and Transaction Counts.
- Enhanced Path Quality calculation to allow comparison between coverage provided by owned Base Stations and the entire Network.
- Added a new Base Station Details view for Join Errors to help troubleshoot Device issues.
- Corrected an issue where SSH Connection Alerts could be raised for Semtech Packet Forwarder and Basic Station connected Base Stations.
- Addressed an issue where a Base Station active for less than 7 days could raise Device and Transaction Count Alerts.
- Updated the Base Station Heat Maps to always display 500 MHz channels.
- Added support for AS923-2 and AS923-3 regional variants.
- Improved the readability of the CFList information in the JoinAccept event.
- Enhanced ADR Engine to support using a subset of channels for a Base Station impacted by local interference.
March 2020 - Release Notes
- Added a new Application Alert that notifies an Application Provider when their Device Management Registration token is about to expire. By default, this Alert will be raised two weeks before the configured expiration date.
- Added the ability to view a Device's Path Quality from the Map.
- Added the ability to create and view Planning Maps allowing users to preview coverage and plan upcoming deployments.
- Added the ability to specify the Client Certificate for MQTT connections.
- Updated the Device Registration workflow to ensure imported files contain unique Application Keys and Device EUIs.
Base Station Management
- Updated Base Station Connection Alerts to allow for independent control of specific 'SSH Connection' and general 'No Connection' Alerts.
- Added a monthly availability chart to the Alerts/Cases view in Base Station details.
- Added the ability to create and associate contacts with Base Stations, allowing easy access to site personnel if issues arise.
- Improved Base Station Availability tracking by better accounting for actual LoRaWAN service interruptions.
- Addressed an issue where dwell time could not be disabled on an AS923 device.
- Added LoRaWAN version 1.0.4 support.
- Enhanced the LoRa Engine to both temper resending unanswered MAC commands as well as prevent resending NACK'd MAC commands.
- Updated the LoRa Engine to deprecate the frame count gap limit (MAX_FCNT_GAP).
- Addressed an issue where immediate class A downlinks were not getting sent on RX1 even though there was enough time to send the downlink.
- Improved confirmed downlink traceability by allowing only one confirmed Class-B or Class-C downlink to be queued for all devices whose LoRaWAN version is lower than 1.1.x.
- Added the ability for Developers to reset a Gateway's registration, allowing them to resolve common on-boarding issues.
- Added new ‘Show Map’ feature to the Application Devices Table. Selecting 'Show Map' will insert a map below the table and display pins for devices with location data. Device row-selection will auto-center the map and animate the device pin in context.
- Updated the Map Information Dialog to show the estimated location of a Device when its actual location is unavailable.
- Added support for filtering the Application Devices Table based on current row-selection. The URL is updated with the list of selected Device EUIs, allowing for bookmarking.
- Updated the Device Management API and UI to ignore invalid latitude and longitude values.
- Updated the quick information popup in the Devices Table to include Tags and Metadata information.
- Improved the Device Update API to better validate data and return user-friendly errors to help troubleshoot issues.
Base Station Management
- Added the Base Station Analysis mode to the Map view. This filters the view to devices heard by a given Base Station and generates charts for the distribution of their collective DR, PSR, SNR, and RSSI data.
- Updated the public API to support bulk-provisioning of Base Stations.
- Improved Base Station Registration workflows by allowing users to Delete Base Stations and reset a Base Station's registration status.
- Added a 'Clear Selected' button to the Custom Layers selection dialog, allowing all selected layers to be cleared at the same time.
- Added new visualizations to highlight Base Station interferers and foreign traffic. This chart display option requires Senet Packet Forwarder 02.01.08 or newer.
- Updated the Base Station Alert priorities so that Time Drift Alerts are not triggered when a Base Station restarts.
- Added support for The Things Network's Join Servers. Devices registered within TTN's platform can seamlessly operate under Senet's Network.
- Addressed an issue where Class-A downlinks were not properly delivered to Semtech Packet Forwarders and Basic Stations.
- Added Planning Map support for Proposed Viewsheds with a radius of less than one mile.
- Added support for scoping Application Details views by Contract. Views include Devices, Device Management, and Usage Data. Note: Aggregated data will only be displayed for transactions occurring after this feature release.
- Added support for a new Device Metadata field. This new field allows for storage of custom information about specific Devices (e.g. serial number).
- Added access to Application Usage data via a file download. These files contain detailed usage information for each device and Contract.
- Added new table view which displays aggregate RF Statistics by channel.
- Added support for viewing Device Transactions for all devices without requiring Diagnostics be enabled. Note: This view is intended for troubleshooting recent device activity and should not be considered a complete transaction history.
- Added a Device Management Events view for Applications allowing users to view related audit events.
- Updated the Device Export API to include devices' assigned Device Profile ID.
- Updated the Application Details Dashboard charts to automatically synchronize zoom-level. This allows viewing the same time frame for all charts by changing the zoom-level for one.
- Improved the Device Update workflow to also update devices that have not yet joined the network.
- Updated the Device Export API to support filtering by Contract ID and added a new column for yesterday's Base Station EUIs.
- Added color-coded icons to the RSSI and SNR columns of the Events Table to better visualize signal strength and quality.
- Updated the classification of SNR and RSSI values. SNR values below -13 and RSSI values below -125 are now considered poor (red).
- Addressed an issue where the search/filter was not applied when exporting devices from a table.
- Updated Device Management API to allow contract assignment when Deactivating devices.
- Added support for additional fields in the device map information dialog. It now shows contract, application, tags, and metadata on top of the existing data. There is also the addition of links to the devices location in Google and Bing maps.
- Added support for LoRaWAN Class-B FUOTA.
- Added support for Join-Accept Type-1 CFLists in US915 and AU915.
- Added FUOTA support for RX2 frequencies in EU868, IN865 and AS923.
- Improved the handling of Devices with poor downlink reception by alternating between RX1 and RX2 when responding to uplinks with ADRACKReq set.
- Updated FUOTA support to include STMicro’s Class-B FUOTA implementation.
- Corrected an issue with Class-C downlinks through Semtech’s Packet Forwarder.
- Improved the handling of Devices with poor downlink reception (e.g. ADRACKReq is set) by optimizing the LinkADRReq parameters delivered in subsequent downlinks.
- Addressed a downlink processing error for devices that have not uplinked.
- Addressed an issue where the Gateway Time field of the Join-Accept event reflected the Processed Time instead of the actual Transmit Time.
- Removed a deprecated channel for IN865 from display in the FUOTA dialog.
- Addressed an issue with the background style of the Dashboard.
- Added support for daily aggregated data in the Device Details RF Statistics view. This provides greater visibility into daily trends for Uplinks, SNR and RSSI statistics.
- Added Support for a Device export API.
- Added support for User Accounts with read-only access for Application Providers.
- Increased the Map's Device export capacity to a maximum of 10K Devices.
- Updated Device deactivation workflow to optionally allow assigning a contract.
- Addressed an issue with restoring the Application Device Management and Alert views after reloading the browser.
- Addressed an export issue that occurred when the Device Management Table was sorted.
Base Station Management
- Added support for daily aggregated data in the Base Station Details RF Statistics view. This provides greater visibility into daily trends for Uplinks, SNR and RSSI statistics.
- Added secondary sorting on the average and delta columns of the Base Station trend report tables to allow better grouping.
- Addressed an Uptime field export issue in the Base Stations Table.
- Added support for clearing the device downlink queue when enqueuing a new downlink.
- Addressed an issue where PSR would occasionally calculate to 0 for devices located on the edge of service.
All Portal Users
- External access to web-services has been restricted to SenRa's public API.
- Added an Alert Statistics view for Applications.
- Added Northbound support for ActiveMQ Artemis using MQTT.
- Updated Join failure events to include the Join EUI and the registration state of the device.
- Improved data export performance from the Devices table.
- Added failed Join attempt events to the Application's Events view.
- Updated the Application's Devices table to display firmware information.
- Addressed an issue where the Devices with Notifiers table did not sort properly.
- Addressed an issue where devices for an Application could not be viewed and exported correctly.
- Addressed an issue where queued Downlinks could be lost during an MQTT Server fail-over.
- Addressed an issue where the Device Events table did not properly filter Application Downlinks.
- Updated the Developer Portal to ensure deleting a device removes only registration data.
- Addressed an issue with the AS923 maximum downlink packet size calculation.
- Enhanced protection against late-arriving Join Requests, which may occur when a Base Station temporarily loses connectivity and queues receptions.
- Added a new Device Profile setting, LoRa Device Class, that determines the default method for sending downlinks. This simplifies deploying Production Class-C Applications.
- Added Notifier connection errors to the system events table within the Application Details view. These new events aid in troubleshooting northbound interface issues with Application Providers.
Developers and Application Providers
- Corrected an issue where the FPort used for Downlinks was not consistently shown in the events table.
- Improved the error message presented in the event a downlink message cannot be processed.
- Fixed an issue where Portal Device registration was allowed using the EUI of a Device that was already registered.
- The Device Management API now supports a method for activating a single device.
- The Device Management APIs now supports a callback URL for obtaining the results of a bulk operation.
- Devices which have been Activated but have not Joined now support having their properties updated.
- Device Profiles for Devices can now be edited through the "Update Devices" window and API.
- Device Types for Devices can now be provisioned during the Device Registration and Activation process and edited through the "Update Devices" window and API.
Device Maps now support displaying all Devices regardless of last heard time. This feature is accessed from the Device Statistics panel.
- Application Notifiers can now be configured to operate asynchronously. Application Notifiers configured this way will have increased throughput by allowing for multiple simultaneous connections to an Application Provider's end-point.
- Application Notifiers with Batching Support are now configurable with custom batch sizes and intervals.
- Map display attributes like location, zoom level, and layer configuration are now encoded in the browser URL. This allows for easy sharing of maps.
- The Device RF Heatmap views now supports time navigation controls to allow troubleshooting historical events. This control allows traversal of the historical RF data in 1 hour, 6 hour or 1 day increments.
- Device activation performance has been improved by optimizing data integrity checks during processing local application servers.
- Several FUOTA enhancements were implemented including support for EU868 End Devices, UI improvements, and generation of audit events for tracking the FUOTA process.
- The Northbound API now supports the ackDnMsgId field. When present, it indicates a device has acknowledged a specific downlink message ID.
The LoRa engine has been enhanced for users to indicate how the Network Server should send on-demand application downlinks, based on the operational class of the target device. When operating as Class-B or Class-C, the Device's Details > Send Downlink UI will display a Device Class selector. Downlink options include:
- Class-A: Queue the downlink until the next uplink's receive windows are available
- Class-B: Do not queue; send the downlink to the elected base station for transmit on the available next ping slot
- Class-C: Do not queue; transmit immediately.
- Added status events for downlink transmit activity reported by Gateways to improve message traceability.
- Enhanced FUOTA support by adding compatibility with additional end-device stack implementations as well as compliance with EU ISM Duty-Cycle requirements.
- Added a new Security Session event type to the Device Details transactions and events tables. This event indicates a device has processed a Join Accept, derived new session keys, and subsequently uplinked. The event's SeqNo identifies the first uplink received after the Join Accept was sent.
- Application Providers can now see a list of the Device Profiles used by their Devices.
- The Device Profile table can now be viewed in Application Details.
- Added the ability to append, replace or delete Device tags from the Device update UI (using a csv file) and the Device update API (using JSON).
- Added notifier support for the IBM Watson Scalable Application platform.
- Improved the PSR algorithm to better account for devices with an infrequent uplink interval.
- A new REST API was added for sending multicast downlink messages to multiple Base Stations.
- Enhanced the LoRa engine to comply with the FUOTA Interoperability Test suite from Stackforce and Arm Mbed.
- The Device Details view now includes uplink channel utilization heat maps displaying RF Statistics over time.
Application Providers and Developers
- The Map view now provides the ability to visualize a device's predicted Path Quality by drawing vectors to Base Stations providing coverage.
- Device Registration and Activation workflows now support device location and tags.
- The Application Details view now includes a table displaying available contracts.
- The Application Details view now includes the number of devices in the Activated and Registered states.
- Improved the Network Server's handling of uplink re-transmissions.
- Fixed an issue where downlinks to Class-B and -C devices were occasionally scheduled for the same transmit time.
- Fixed an issue where Tags could not be added to Devices.
- The Alert Details views have been redesigned for clarity and consistency.
- The Device Details view is now available for any device across all associated Applications, and the requirement of diagnostics mode to view Device Statistics was removed.
- The Device Profile that governs how the Network Server manages end devices can be assigned as part of the Device registration and activation workflows.
- An Alerts view was added providing visibility of Alerts for Applications.
- Improved usability of Maps with small visual cues: yellow caution icon decorations indicate a data layer is not available to display, while the refresh button wiggles when that action is required to display all available data.
- Device registration for OTAA and ABP now allows users to enter custom application, join server and session keys. This provides greater flexibility for developers whose devices have different network configurations.
- The 'Copy to Clipboard' buttons found in Device dialogs now support the short form Hex and long form Binary Array data formats.
- The Device Details LoRa event tables (Transactions, GPS, Sensor and Events) now persist the expanded/collapsed state of expandable columns.
- Improved handling of downlinks cached by MQTT brokers.
- Corrected an issue where the gateway elected to downlink was occasionally not the optimal candidate based on RF data from the corresponding uplink.
- The LoRa event table now supports a quick filter option. Events can be filtered by: Unique Uplinks, Join Activity, Application Downlinks and ADR Activity
- The Devices table now includes columns to show the application EUI and the last heard from time.
- Device Map Support - A Map view was added which allows Application Providers to manage and visualize devices on a Map.
- Device Grouping Support - Application Providers can now use tags to qualify, group, and filter rows in the Devices table view for all their applications.
- Device Grouping and Location information can now be updated through a CSV import and a REST API using JSON.
- Northbound Interface - Health statistics for the last 7 and 31 days are now available in the Application Details panel.
- Northbound Interface - Azure Event Hub integration using HTTPs is now supported.
- The Streaming API now includes the LoRaWAN Class designation ("A", "B", "C") of the source device in the JSON payload.
- Support was added for Tektelic’s KONA series microcell gateways.
- The device transactions and gateway events tables have been enhanced to include a quick summary window. The window can be displayed by pressing the "i" icon next to the EUI.
- The downlink message queue for a device will be cleared when it is deactivated.
- Northbound API now includes estimated latitude and longitude of devices based on the number and location of gateways receiving their uplinks.
- Notifiers now support including the ACK bit setting from uplinks' frame header, allowing remote applications to verify downlink success.
- Improved presentation of uplinks received in response to confirmed downlinks: the event details of only the first uplink processed will reflect the acknowledged downlink sequence number.
- The join type (OTAA/ABP) of a device is now displayed in the Devices table. The "Join Type" column is hidden by default.
- The Encrypted PDU, App Payload, and Details columns in the Device Details Transactions table may now be expanded and collapsed by clicking an icon in the column header.
- The device registration workflow now allows assignment of configuration profiles, allowing devices to benefit from optimizations encapsulated by the profile immediately after joining the network.
- Profile based ADR management now includes controls over how responsive the Network Server is to changes detected in device behavior. It can be stringent, flexible, or a combination of both. This change allows the Network Server to continually adapt to changing deployment conditions in order to optimize packet and data success.
- The Network Server will now use device uplink data to substantiate equal or better coverage from macro-cell gateways before transitioning devices to expanded channel plans. This prevents negative outcomes by expanding channel plans too quickly when coverage changes.
- Customers may now clear downlinks in-queue with the updated API, improving the level of control in managing devices.
- The Device Details in Portal now shows the encrypted app payload if the decrypted app payload is not available.
- Device registration is now secured with two factor authentication. A user must supply a token emailed to their registered address to complete the action.
- Updated the LoRa engine to support the latest default Rx2-Window parameters for the India ISM Band 865-867MHz.
- SenRa's LoRa Engine has been enhanced to support additional application deployment models. This allows both a single Join-EUI to be associated to different applications, or a single application to be serviced by any number of Join-EUIs.
- Device Details view now includes Security Sessions counter: the number of times a device has successfully joined the network today.
- Corrected an issue where DataRate was not displayed correctly in the Device Transactions table.
- The MQTT Notifier now supports authentication and encryption.
- Corrected an issue with the MQTT Notifier where downlink messages occasionally failed.
- Minor fixes and improvements made to the Portal UI, including search responsiveness, device detail information and charts presentation.
- Improved handling and feedback of TCP Socket Notifiers that are misconfigured or experience connection errors.
- Added support for G+D Mobile Security’s Key Management System (KMS) platform.
- Improved integration with the Yodiwo IoT platform.
- All events are now recorded using the Network Server's time. In previous releases, gateway time was used for events sourced from gateways.
- Corrected an MQTT notifier issue which could cause client connections to be leaked.
- Manual-refresh of Device events and transactions tables no longer causes duplicate rows, and the tables' view-port is maintained on actively selected rows - otherwise it will focus on new entries added by auto-refresh.
- Corrected an issue where more than one email was sent for disabled Notification Targets.
- Improved the presentation and readability of a Device’s channel plan in the Device Details panel.
- Added support for LoRa Class C downlinks
- Corrected an issue where more than one email was sent for disabled Notification Targets.
- Tables now export data in Excel format to improve opening in that application.
- Gateway Details view was added to the Portal which displays summarized event, device, and transaction data.
- Improved initial Portal application load time.
- Data Streaming - Yodiwo IoT platform now supported.
- An e-mail is now sent to a user when a Notification Target has been disabled.
- Device Details Send Downlink PDU interface now supports the correct maximum timeout.
- Device Details view navigation was improved on the mobile version of the Portal.
- The fPort value contained in the Device Details Pending Downlink message now displays correctly.
- Device Details panel includes the LoRa NetID for ABP device.
- Gateway registration panel now blocks attempts to repeatedly click register button.
- Device Downlink panel now supports custom FPort values.
- GPS Map view now properly renders SNR of -1.
- GPS Location fields are now displayed in consistent order (latitude/longitude).
- GPS Map properly resizes to window dimensions.
- Gateway registration now validates latitude and longitude.
May 2017 Rel. 2
- Added support for LoRa Activation By Personalization (ABP)
- Added support for Elsys devices
- Improved presentation of Application EUI and Key in the Edit Device dialog
- Standardized the placement of Map element information
- Packet Success Rate (PSR) now shown as “N/A” for devices whose uplink interval cannot be determined
- Several improvements to mobile version of the site, specifically for use in landscape mode
- Data Streaming - Support for Senet’s Packet Format is correctly reflected in the Edit Device dialog
- Data Streaming - PubNub and Microsoft Azure IoT notification targets can now be configured correctly
- GPS-based data points now display the correct data and may be filtered from view by Gateway
May 2017 Rel. 1
- Significant improvement made to event table performance: load times reduced to 1/10th for large tables.
- Events tables are now searchable.
- LoRa Frame control and MAC Command information are now displayed in event tables.
- RSSI and SNR values are now properly displayed for Join Request events.
- RSSI values are now adjusted to account for negative SNR values.
- Improved display of panels in landscape mode on Mobile.
- Improved scrolling behavior on Mobile.
- Improved performance of UI when changing Dashboard settings.
- GPS map is now properly sized to panel area.
- Gateway operational status now updates after registration.
- Data Streaming - decoded fields are now sent for all Senet Packet formats.
- Added support for Arduino Gateways.
- Added support for GlobalSat LT-100 tracker.
- Added support for Ascoel motion detector and door switches.
- Improved format of Application Keys and Application EUI used for configuring device.
- Devices not heard from in a month or more are displayed in light gray.
- Gateway description is now editable.
- Device and Gateway tables now support multi-row delete.
- Devices not accounted for in the Type list can now be qualified as "Other" Type.
- Users can now register any gateway preloaded with SenRa's software by using the new ‘Generic 8 Channel Gateway’ Type.
- Sequence number displayed in Sensor data panel is now correct.
- SNR and RSSI values are now properly rendered.
- The correct Application EUI is now displayed when registering Application Provider devices.
- Mobile - Improved navigation & rendering for both iOS and Android.
- Mobile - Tables now support horizontal scrolling.
- Mobile - Account management is now available.
- Data Streaming - Updated MyDevices integration to include Senet Packet data when available.
- Data Streaming - Updated ThingSpeak integration to always include LoRa application payload.