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LoRa®-based Smart Home Innovations at CES

Posted by Byron BeMiller on 20 January 2020

Another CES is in the books, and as usual, it was a blur of visionary concepts demonstrated alongside very useful, near-term technology. While much has already been written about CES 2020, I will focus my impressions on the connectivity technology choices for the smart home and building. While the market continues to evolve clever ways to present, manipulate and use data to make our lives and businesses simpler and more efficient, feeding the appetite of the big data engine presents many challenges in the smart building connectivity market.

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

A Brief History of LoRa®: Three Inventors Share Their Personal Story at The Things Conference

Posted by Laurens Slats on 08 January 2020

It has been 10 years since the invention of LoRa®, the long range, low power Internet of Things (IoT) platform currently implemented in over 100 million devices worldwide, and accelerating the global adoption of IoT. These three inventors will share their personal story and shed light on the future of LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol at The Things Conference in Amsterdam, from January 30 to 31.

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

Deploying LoRa®-based Solutions in Germany

Posted by Remi Lorrain on 18 December 2019

Wireless counter readout in the smart utility and housing industries is one of the most promising applications of all processes involving counter reading, data evaluation and billing, and offers high optimization potential. A new white paper produced in collaboration with Minol-ZENNER Group explores how the deployment of Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol for smart homes, multi-dwelling units, buildings, and smart utilities must comply with current German laws and regulatory statuses.

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

Could Santa Claus Benefit from LoRa®-based IoT?

Posted by Marc Pégulu on 16 December 2019

IHS Markit predicts up to 43 percent of all low power wide area networks (LPWANs) will be based on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol by 2023*. As of December 2019, more than half a million LoRa-enabled gateways have been deployed globally, supporting 135 million LoRa-based end nodes**. With the global adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and the growing market share of LoRa-enabled applications, it is becoming more and more difficult to identify a business segment that could not benefit from some level of connected devices. With new LoRa use cases being announced regularly, and growing numbers of worldwide LoRaWAN network deployments (public or private), it seems the only limit to these applications is the imagination of the developers and system integrators solving real world business challenges today.

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Tags: LoRa, Smart Homes & Buildings, Smart Agriculture, Smart Utilities, Smart Supply Chain Logistics, Smart Cities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things

How IoT Data Enables Smart Office and Desk Utilization Decisions

Posted by Byron BeMiller on 11 December 2019

Real estate is the second highest operating expense for employers behind salaries. At the same time, the workforce is rapidly transitioning into an “anytime, anywhere” work ethos. Despite these realities, little has changed in the way office space is utilized. As a result, very expensive office space is going unused. Worse still, without adequate data to prove otherwise, facility managers often request additional budget to lease even more space due to the belief that they are out of room in their existing facilities.

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

Smarter Facilities Management With LoRaWAN®

Posted by Byron BeMiller on 10 December 2019

As the vertical market director for Smart Homes and Buildings in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group, and lead for the Smart Buildings Working Group of the LoRa Alliance®, I recently had the pleasure of attending the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace® Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. According to IFMA, the event is the largest and longest-running event series for facility management (FM) and workplace professionals, attracting an audience of nearly 5,000 professionals from 17 countries.

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

Creating Smarter Water Grids Today: Q&A from the Semtech & Birdz Webinar

Posted by Rémi Demerlé on 21 November 2019

As the global market for smart water meters continues to grow, Semtech hosted, “Deploying Smart Water Meters: How to Transition from AMR to AMI with LoRa®-based Solutions from Birdz,” a webinar with Birdz, a subsidiary of Nova Veolia and a global leader in optimized resource management. The webinar discussed strategies for utility providers to improve meter efficiency by adopting fixed network solutions based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol.

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

Smart Parks Protects Endangered Species with LoRaWAN®

Posted by Marc Pégulu on 21 October 2019

Without a way to intelligently track endangered species, it is difficult for rangers to fend off poachers in many of Africa and Asia’s national parks. With Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, creating a sustainable and safe environment for animals and humans through technology is simple and efficient. Whether helping to monitor the whereabouts of animals living in the park or providing protection for humans that live in close proximity, wireless IoT solutions, such as those based on low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN), offer major potential for wildlife conservation efforts.

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

CavagnaGroup Delivers LoRa®-based Innovation for the Gas Industry at WLPGA

Posted by Pierre Gelpi on 14 October 2019

CavagnaGroup® is a leading creator of smart solutions and products for controlling and managing compressed gasses. These products have been successfully implemented into a wide range of markets including, energy, medical, alternative fuel, and even specialty cryogenics. With years of close collaboration, CavagnaGroup and Semtech have developed a range of innovative smart industrial products based on LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol. Recently, Semtech was invited by CavagnaGroup to participate in the World Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (WLPGA)’s annual event in Amsterdam.

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Tags: LoRa, Smart Utilities, Smart Supply Chain Logistics, Wireless RF, Internet of Things, Events, Industrial Control

Protecting the World’s Art Collections with LoRaWAN®

Posted by Austin Senseman & Nathan McMinn on 01 October 2019

At Conserv, we built one of the first environmental monitoring solutions using Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol to bring better care to the world’s 450,000+ art and cultural collections in museums, libraries, archives, and private collections. Accurate and consistent monitoring is important because unhealthy collection environments – those with excessive heat, humidity, light, and vibration – do irreversible damage to valuable, sensitive objects. Sounds straightforward, right?

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Tags: LoRa, Wireless RF, Internet of Things