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Enabling Sustainable Agriculture in the Malaysian Highlands

Posted by Han Wei on 19 September 2019

Inconsistency in crop yield is a major concern for farmers. Even with green houses presenting a controlled environment for crop growth, pests and disease are unavoidable. Additionally, a farmer’s lack of knowledge on the conditions in the farm’s soil presents further challenges. The amount of fertilizer used on crops is often left up to the farmer’s discretion. This usually results in over- or under-dosing, which affects crop growth directly. Human error has the largest impact on a crop's yield, with inefficient or inconsistent irrigation and errors in fertilization having serious negative effects on crop health.

In the past five years, farmers in the Cameron Highlands, which are located 250 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, have taken the initiative to implement a simple monitoring system for their farms’ soil health. However, cost and connectivity presented a serious challenge for the farmers. Smarter solutions and machine-to-machine (M2M) services are often expensive and not available in rural areas. End users, typically the farmers themselves, are naturally very concerned with a solution’s power consumption, availability and reliability, as these factors directly affect the cost to deploy and operate these solutions. For the Cameron Highlands, the region’s various hills and valleys created additional challenges for service providers and reduced network signal strength. As a result, the farmers turned to solutions based on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol.

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Tags: LoRa, Smart Agriculture, Smart Utilities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things, ESG

Part 2: The Global Rise of Smart Gas Metering

Posted by Rémi Demerlé on 17 September 2019

The market for smart utility meters is growing at a rapid pace. A recent report by ABI Research predicts there will be an installed base of 1.34 billion meters by 2023*. IHS Markit forecasts almost 50 million smart water meters will ship globally in 2023, a number which is roughly four times its size in 2017. Year over year, the number of new meter shipments for water, gas, heat and electricity is increasing at a rate of four to five percent according to IHS. Globally, the proportion of smart meters will soon exceed half of all meters shipped annually. The largest utility adopters of Internet of Things (IoT) technology for smart metering devices are electricity (64 percent), followed by gas (38 percent) and then water (26 percent). Behind these strong growth numbers, the adoption of smarter technologies for metering is predicted to continue for the foreseeable future.

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Tags: LoRa, Smart Utilities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things, Smart Water Metering, Smart Gas Metering, ESG

CRA Leads LoRa®’s Growth Efforts in the Czech Republic

Posted by Rémi Demerlé on 24 July 2019

The Czech Republic in Central Europe has 10.6 million inhabitants over an area of 78,866 square kilometers (30,450 sq. miles). Since the 1970s, Czech Radiocommunications (CRA), based in Prague, has been the sole provider of broadcasting television and radio to citizens nationwide.

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Tags: LoRa, Smart Utilities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things, Smart Water Metering, Smart Electricity Metering, Smart Gas Metering, ESG

Part 1: LoRa® Leads the Way for Smarter Water Management

Posted by Rémi Demerlé on 08 July 2019

In Paris this November, Semtech will be again exhibiting at European Utility Week, the world’s foremost annual smart utilities and metering conference. Last year in Vienna, the conference drew more than 12,000 visitors and this year’s attendance is expected to increase by half. We will be among the over 800 exhibiting companies at the Paris event, and will be showcasing Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol for innovative utility metering applications. This blog is part one of a three-part series on the benefits of LoRa for utilities leading up to the event.

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Tags: LoRa, Smart Utilities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things, Events, Smart Water Metering, ESG

Winemakers are Utilzing Vinduino’s LoRa-based Sensors

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 19 November 2018

With temperatures around the globe forecasted to rise, unpredictable and dynamic weather patterns like droughts and heat waves present new challenges for winemakers. As a result, growers work harder for less product and wine prices increase for consumers. Using sensors for irrigation management is still not common practice in many vineyards. Often growers rely on field observations for their irrigation decisions. As a result, damage is often detected too late for farmers to prevent significant yield loss.

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Tags: LoRa, Smart Agriculture, Smart Utilities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things, ESG

Semtech, the LoRa Alliance Feature Smart Metering Solutions

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 31 October 2018

European Utility Week (EUW) 2018 will be held on November 6 to 8 in Vienna, Austria and all of the biggest names in metering and utility management are eagerly preparing.

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Tags: LoRa, News, Smart Utilities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things, Events, Smart Water Metering, Smart Gas Metering, ESG

Costco Addresses Water Waste with LoRa Technology

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 01 October 2018

For businesses, water can often be one of the most expensive utilities. Additionally, it can be hard to keep track of just how much is being used in order to prepare for the costs. For big corporations, concerns are much larger than whether or not a sink has been left running. Supermarkets, for example use millions of gallons per year in refrigerated display cases, frozen food cases and storage freezers. If a leak occurs, or proper efforts are not taken to assure systems are running efficiently, water waste becomes a very serious and costly issue quickly.

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Tags: LoRa, Smart Homes & Buildings, Smart Utilities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things, Smart Buildings, Smart Water Metering, Smart Gas Metering, ESG, Smart Retail

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