Earlier this year, Amazon opened their Amazon Sidewalk network to the public. With Sidewalk signal already covering over 90% of the U.S. population leveraging LoRa’s long range technology, Amazon Sidewalk offers LoRa as one of its connectivity options for device makers to connect LPWAN IoT devices into the sidewalk, enabling a new class of devices with long range community coverage. In areas of the U.S. where Sidewalk coverage is unavailable, or outside the U.S., devices using the new Oxit module can connect to any compatible LoRaWAN® network, enabling AWS customers to connect their device to any compatible AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN or integrated public network. In addition, LoRaWAN technology not only enables customers to connect to an alternative public LoRaWAN network, but also deploy a gateway utilizing LoRaWAN and create a network anywhere.
Climate Change and Flooding
Floods are the most common and deadly natural disaster in the United States. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on extremes, it is clear that climate change has detectably influenced several of the water-related variables that contribute to floods, such as more powerful storms, increased rainfall, more dramatic snowmelt, and rising sea levels. To protect our cities, we need accurate, reliable, real-time monitoring of potential flood conditions that will enable us to prevent loss of life and costly property damage.
The devastation caused by wildfires makes headlines every year, and continues to worsen. Wildfires cause not only enormous humanitarian and economic hardship, but also have a massive environmental impact. In addition to destroying animal and plant life, wildfires emit between 5 and 30 tons of carbon per hectare. All of the land that burns globally in an average year adds 13 billion metric tons of additional carbon in the atmosphere annually, a significant contribution to climate change.
Semtech drives global change by creating innovative technology that facilitates a smarter, cleaner and more connected planet. Specifically, Internet of Things (IoT) applications leveraging Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® standard enable a wide range of solutions that improve efficiency and reduce waste.