Asset tracking is one of the most widely deployed applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT’s economic impact on factories, retail settings, work sites, offices, and homes could total as much as $6.3 trillion by 2025, according to McKinsey Global. A variety of industries, including home and building, healthcare, agriculture, and food services in addition to the industrial and logistics markets, are investing in smarter technologies to replace siloed legacy systems with automated asset management solutions. Many existing geolocation applications are power hungry and require multiple devices, software and services from multiple vendors, resulting in increased complexity and cost.
As Internet of Things (IoT) customers discover the benefits of LoRa® devices for applications as diverse as water metering, smart lighting or tracking rhinos, there is increasing demand for “location of things” services. Location is a vital component of the IoT that encompasses the ability of things to sense and communicate their geographic position. Location data helps organize, track and account for the billions of Internet-connected devices based on sensors and other location-centric elements in them. The ability to capture location data forms the basis of location-based services, and starts with the physical radio frequency (RF) technologies that interact with the world around them. Several technologies, such as GPS, LoRa and others, are able to provide outdoor location information. However, for precise indoor location where GPS has no tangible reach, and to enable continuous location detection or tracking, indoor positioning systems (IPS) technologies such as Wi-Fi come into play.
In August, 2020, Semtech announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and TensorIoT on a new series of Internet of Things (IoT) kits leveraging LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol. The kits accelerate the deployment of smarter, more efficient solutions for Enterprises and Systems Integrators by making use of LoRaWAN connectivity with the smart integration of AWS’s leading IoT services. The end goal of the kits is to shorten the production lifecycle of simple, effective IoT applications for Smart Building and Asset Tracking use cases through the use of LoRa devices’ proven advantages, AWS IoT Core and a flexible serverless architecture.
This is the third blog in an ongoing series about LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol, and its capabilities to transform next-generation networking applications built on 5G. This blog series follows Semtech’s “5G Fact vs. Fiction, and How LoRaWAN Plays a Role” webinar, featuring Charter Communications, MultiTech and Orange, and moderated by Beecham Research, and addresses some of the pressing topics offered by the audience during the webinar’s Q&A. Read the introduction to the new series in part one, and explore large scale LoRaWAN networks in part two, featuring MultiTech.
In part three below, Ronan Le Bras, Head of Technology Strategy at Orange, and Rémi Lorrain, Director of LoRaWAN Networks for Semtech, discuss Cellular devices, network management, regional deployment differences, and roaming/satellite communication.
Helium’s LoRaWAN® network infrastructure has grown to over 1,000 cities in North America, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and Austin. The world’s first peer-to-peer wireless network based on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN protocol is also expanding throughout Europe.
Semtech recently announced the availability of two new Internet of Things (IoT) kits designed to accelerate the development of smarter, more efficient solutions for Enterprises and Systems Integrators. The Smart Building and Asset Tracking Kits are the result of collaboration between Semtech and IoT ecosystem leaders, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and TensorIoT, and offer the smart integration of Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol with AWS’s leading IoT services. Systems Integrators and Enterprises can now leverage AWS IoT and key native services to accelerate the production lifecycle of their applications. The kits are the first vertical market product offerings based on the LoRaWAN protocol that utilize AWS IoT Core and a serverless architecture.
The low power, affordable and reliable performance of today’s leading Internet of Things (IoT) solutions make them ideal for critical workplace safety applications, including contact tracing, facility hygiene, room and desk usage, and social distancing enforcement. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many governments, organizations and institutions are relying on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and LoRaWAN® protocol to combat the disease’s spread in workspaces.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly raised facility hygiene awareness among enterprises across the globe. As businesses reopen and resume operation, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices have been instituted to address the health and safety of workers, tenants, customers, and others who pass through facilities. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Semtech’s LoRa® devices have emerged as the building blocks enabling safe and secure workplace solutions – allowing companies to adapt and maintain new levels of hygiene.
In many parts of the world the COVID-19 lock-downs are gradually opening up, requiring businesses to improve facility hygiene and protect itself from a virus outbreak. Many companies – in particular, factories, distribution centers, and logistics warehouses where people work very closely to each other – will also have to revisit its business processes. Yet, businesses of all sizes must now create safe and secure workspaces to mitigate infection risk and safeguard the health of workers.
Leveraging smarter technology allows us to address the world’s toughest problems. Semtech’s founding principal of delivering advanced solutions that have a social and environmental impact is being fully realized in our challenge to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic today.