Digital Matter LoRaWAN GPS

Step-by-step guide on configuring and onboarding Digital Matter LoRaWAN GPS devices.


The Digital Matter Oyster/Yabby are rugged IP67 rated battery powered GPS tracking devices. This guide will show you the hardware and software setup steps required to provision and onboard these devices on the Helium Network.

Functionally, the Oyster and Yabby are both battery powered GPS tracking devices. Their main differences lie in form factor and battery life.


Oyster LoRaWAN Configuration Tool

Oyster LoRaWAN Configuration and Usage Guide

Yabby LoRaWAN Configuration Tool

Yabby LoRaWAN Configuration and Usage Guide


  • Digital Matter Oyster/Yabby
  • 3 x AA 1.5V Batteries (Oyster)
  • 3 x AAA 1.5V Batteries (Yabby)
  • Digital Matter Configuration Cable
  • Digital Matter Yabby Configuration Cable Adapter (Yabby only)


Hardware Setup

The Oyster and Yabby take 3 cells of their respective battery types. (AA and AAA)

The Oyster uses a FTDI TTL to USB Serial Converter Cable

FTDI TTL to USB Serial Converter Cable

This cable plugs into the four-pin connector below the battery compartment.

The Yabby uses the same cable, but will need an additional adapter for the Pogo pins.

Yabby Pogo Adapter Cable

Once the devices have been provisioned and the batteries are populated, the enclosure can be sealed by using the included screws.

That’s it for hardware setup!

Software Setup

The Oyster/Yabby ship with a pre-provisioned AppEUI and AppKey. If you choose to use these credentials, you can leave the AppEUI and AppKey fields blank in the Windows utility. If you’d like to provision the device with new credentials, you must copy the AppEUI and AppKey from the device created in Console.

The basic parameters of interest are as follows:

In Trip Fix : hh:mm:ss : Will determine transmission frequency

Basic LoRaWAN:
    Region : US915 [1.0.2B]
    Sub-Band : 2 (ch. 8-15, 70)
    Activation : OTAA
    JoinEUI / AppEUI : [ Blank to use pre-provisioned / AppEUI from Console ]
    NwkKey (1.1) / AppKey (1.0) : [ Blank to use pre-provisioned / AppKey from Console ]

Connecting your device

When you plug in your cable, your PC will assign it a COM port, which you can retrieve from the Device Manager from the Ports (COM & LPT).

To access the device manager, press the Windows key on your keyboard and search for "Device Manager".

Windows Device Manager

Select the corresponding port from the drop-down list in the top right of the utility and click Start.

If the Program Firmware and Program Parameters boxes are left unchecked, the utility will continuously read and display the current device settings without applying changes.

Current Device Settings and Transaction List

You can check logs by clicking the DevEUI List button on the top left, which will show a list of scanned DevEUIs and transactions. Each time a device is programmed, the parameter list will flash, and the DevEUI list will update. This list is available in CSV format, so it can be conveniently imported into a spreadsheet.

To program the new parameters and firmware, enter the desired parameters in the right-hand column, and check the corresponding boxes to update firmware and/or parameters. When you are finished, you may hit Stop, and disconnect your device.

Once the device has been configured, it will attempt to join the Helium Network by transmitting join requests. If the device has been configured properly in Console and has knowledge of the device’s AppEUI and AppKey, the Hotspot that hears the join request will send a join-accept message and allow the device to join the network and transmit data.


These devices use an accelerometer to detect movement, allowing it to decide when an asset is in-trip and when it is stationary. This allows it schedule battery-hungry GPS fixes when appropriate, to optimize battery life. Each time a status update is scheduled, the device will attempt a GPS fix, then transmit results (regardless of whether a fix succeeded or not).

Device Payload

A sample device payload is as follows:


When decoded becomes:

  "type": "position",
  "latitudeDeg": 37.282198,
  "longitudeDeg": -122.0128577,
  "inTrip": false,
  "fixFailed": false,
  "headingDeg": 0,
  "speedKmph": 0,
  "batV": 5.275,
  "manDown": null

To learn more about decoding this payload, you may use this utility. To view the Javascript sample code, you can view source.

Battery Life Estimate

Download Oyster LoRaWAN Battery Life Estimator

This spreadsheet will help estimate approximate battery life of the Digital Matter Oyster. Simply modify the fields to represent the desired number of transmissions within a day.

myDevices/Cayenne Integration

Helium now supports myDevices and the Cayenne LPP (low power payload) format. Cayenne features a simple drag and drop interface that allows developers, designers and engineers quickly prototype and share their connected device projects.

To learn more about myDevices Cayenne integration, visit myDevices Cayenne


myDevices currently only includes the Digital Matter Oyster in their device library.

When you are adding a device/widget in Cayenne, look for the Digital Matter Oyster under Helium.

myDevices Cayenne - Adding a Digital Matter Oyster

Copy the device's DevEUI into the field. This value should correspond to the associated Digital Matter Oyster DevEUI in Console. Then, click Add device.

myDevices Cayenne - Adding a Digital Matter Oyster

That's it for adding a Digital Matter Oyster in myDevices Cayenne!