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Chinese New Year with LoRa: a Look Back at the Last Year’s Highlights from China

Posted by Mike Wong on 29 January 2019

Xīn nián kuài lè, and Happy Chinese New Year! China is believed to be the world’s largest Internet of Things (IoT) market, responsible for an astounding 22% of the global IoT market share. With support from the Chinese government, IoT initiatives have exploded in popularity throughout the last decade. Among these technologies, Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) has rapidly emerged as a leading choice for low power wide area network (LPWAN) connectivity in China, enabling successful solutions across numerous vertical markets. LoRa Technology is increasingly being leveraged in China to create efficiencies, from IoT enabled bike-share solutions, to smart metering for municipal utilities. As the Year of the Pig approaches, we’ve featured some LoRa-based highlights from China to celebrate a successful Year of the Dog.

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Tags: Internet of Things, Wireless RF, LoRa

Advice for LoRa-based Developers at The Things Conference 2019

Posted by Steven Hegenderfer on 23 January 2019

Next week, thousands of Internet of Things (IoT) developers from around the globe will head to Amsterdam for The Things Conference, organized by The Things Network. The event promises to provide attendees with the content and knowledge to tackle LoRaWAN™-based development head on, and bring more solutions based on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) to market. Steven Hegenderfer, Senior Director of the Developer Ecosystem, Semtech Wireless & Sensing Products Group, shares his excitement for The Things Conference and advice for LoRa-based developers in the Q&A below.

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Tags: Events, Internet of Things, Wireless RF, LoRa

The LoRa Alliance Reaches Milestone Number of Operators: Reflections from Remi Lorrain

The LoRa Alliance™ has announced a significant milestone of 100 public network operators deploying the LoRaWAN™ open protocol around the globe. With a 40% growth rate occurring since the beginning of 2018, there has been an increase of broadband multi service providers deploying LoRaWAN-based networks, reinforcing Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) in the business to business (B2B) market and opening the door to the business to consumer (B2C) market.

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Tags: Internet of Things, Wireless RF, LoRa

LoRa Technology: Connecting Asia Pacific to the Cloud with IoT

Posted by Vivek Mohan on 17 January 2019

LoRaWAN™-based Internet of Things (IoT) deployments are global and the number of deployments continues to increase yearly. In 2019, 40%* of all low power, wide area networks (LPWANs) are predicted to run on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology), and LoRaWAN-based networks are present in approximately 100 countries today. In the Asia Pacific region specifically, experts anticipate the number of all IoT-connected devices will jump from 3.1 billion in 2015, to 8.6 billion in 2020. Some recent innovative LoRa Technology use cases from this region are featured below.

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Tags: Internet of Things, Wireless RF, LoRa

LoRa-enabled Smart Home & Building Innovations at CES and Beyond

Posted by Byron BeMiller on 16 January 2019

Among the many fascinating topics that captivated the 180,000 plus attendees at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) were innovations for smart homes and buildings. From smart kitchen appliances to voice assistant-enabled lighting, consumer electronics companies are leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect everyday devices to the Cloud to create new experiences for consumers at a rapid pace. Business Insider forecasts that in the United States alone, more than one billion smart home devices will be deployed by 2023.

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Tags: Internet of Things, Wireless RF, Smart Homes & Buildings, LoRa, Events

Become a LoRaWAN Expert at The Things Conference

Since the introduction by Semtech of its LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) and inception, in February 2015, of the LoRaWAN™ protocol, hundreds of organizations have committed to using the open standard. Over 500 companies have joined the LoRa Alliance™, a non-profit association committed to developing and promoting LoRaWAN, which is revolutionizing the way we connect things to the Internet.

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Best of LoRa Technology: 2018 in Review

Posted by Vivek Mohan on 02 January 2019

It’s been an impressive year as Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) made significant strides toward becoming the de facto platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. According to the LoRa Alliance™, by the end of 2018, LoRa and the LoRaWAN™ protocol will be deployed in over 100 countries. In addition, tens of millions of end nodes were deployed, bringing an endless number of use cases in key vertical markets including smart buildings, smart metering, smart agriculture, and smart cities. This past year represented a historic period for LoRa Technology, with several highlights that we believe are worth revisiting.

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Tags: LoRa, Wireless RF, Internet of Things

BlueRiver Brings Zero-Latency IP Video to Screens at Home with Savant

Posted by Justin Kennington on 17 December 2018

As traditional audio visual (AV) switching is gradually being phased out, Internet Protocol (IP) solutions like Semtech’s BlueRiver™ line of professional AV (Pro AV) products are becoming the new norm. IP switching enables scalable solutions by allowing a variable number of inputs and outputs. By eliminating the costly and proprietary dedicated matrix switch, significant system cost savings are also available.

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Tags: Pro AV, BlueRiver

LoRa Technology Providing New Efficiencies for Golf Courses

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 12 December 2018

Calgary Recreation is working with Information Technology (IT) at The City of Calgary to test the Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and custom software on its network based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol to determine if an in-house, low-cost solutions exists to effectively track pace of play at the Shaganappi Point Golf Course with Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology). Understanding the pace of play on a golf course will help staff to tackle pace of play issues in order to elevate customer experience.

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Tags: Internet of Things, Wireless RF, LoRa, Smart Cities

LoRa Technology Brings Smart Agriculture Indoors in Calgary’s Devonian Gardens

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 11 December 2018

The Devonian Gardens is a three-acre horticultural refuge on the top floor of The CORE Shopping Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. One of the largest indoor gardens of its kind, it boasts more than 10,000 ground cover plants, 250 trees, a 900-square-foot living wall, koi ponds, and a children’s play area. This impressive botanical oasis, perched above 116 retail stores, is maintained by The City of Calgary Parks. Since 1977, Devonian Gardens, with its imported exotic plants and tropical trees, has served as an alluring retreat for Calgarians and tourists – especially during the long winter season.

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Tags: Wireless RF, LoRa, Smart Cities, Internet of Things