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.
Semtech has just returned from European Utility Week (EUW) 2018 in Vienna, Austria and we are still reeling from the whirlwind of industry activity, innovation and the sheer buzz of companies developing and deploying Internet of Things (IoT) solutions today using Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology). While in previous years EUW events explored the possibility of low power wide area network (LPWAN) wireless solutions, this year was less about the technology itself and much more focused on the real-world deployments of networks based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol and sensors/meters, not only in the smart utility segment, but with a growing level of activity in other vertical segments too, such as smart buildings, smart cities and smart agriculture.
Streetlights use a tremendous amount of a city’s energy; the operation of these lamps can sometimes represent up to 60% of a city’s entire energy bill. Furthermore, current streetlight models are not optimized to be as energy efficient as possible. For example, most streetlights operate only on binary “on, off” settings, on a fixed schedule. There is now way to dim the lights during twilight hours to conserve energy.
Objenious, a subsidiary of Bouygues Telecom, developed the first national LoRaWAN™-based network in France, covering 95% of the population. Dedicated to helping companies realize the value of the Internet of Things (IoT), Objenious has amassed a library of use cases in industrial, environmental, and supply chain, among other vertical markets. Below is a featured use case, originally published by Objenious, on a smart logistics application developed by Carrefour, a multinational retailer, leveraging Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) to track Roll containers throughout their supply chain. LoRa Technology is the platform of choice for IoT applications in the supply chain industry with its simple, proven and flexible capabilities.
Water is one of the more expensive items on the utility bill – costing Americans on average $15-$77 per month. From the dishwasher and washing machine, to toilets and the shower, water use is unavoidable. At the same time, consumers all around the globe are aware of the need to conserve water in order to minimize environmental impact, prevent drought and create a more sustainable planet. A recent report from ABI Research indicates IoT smart city technologies could drive more than $20 trillion in economic benefits by 2026.
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.
The metropolitan region in Southeastern Virginia called “Hampton Roads” is prone to flooding. The area is home to two million citizens and 14 military installations, including Langley Air Force Base and Naval Station in Norfolk, the largest naval complex in the world. Like many of the 665 coastal communities in the U.S., this region regularly floods during moderate to heavy rains and high tides. Hampton Roads has the additional burden of experiencing land subsidence – the ground is sinking as sea level water is rising.
As I’ve discussed in a previous blog post, the ability to locate assets, understand the context they are in and what is happening to them in a given moment, is in many ways the “killer app” in the internet of things (IoT). This is particularly true of many of the assets that leverage low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies to enable end-to-end IoT solutions today for which the long range and low power of Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) is a key enabler of customer value.
According to recent reports, between 70% and 80% of agricultural greenhouse-gas emissions, such as nitrous oxide, come from the production and use of nitrogen fertilizers. Farmers need real-time visibility into soil conditions while working in their fields. During growing season, manual soil tests fail to provide the data growers need and this can cause farmers to either over fertilize or under fertilize, harming profits and/or the environment. Teralytic, a manufacturer of wireless soil sensors, implemented LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) in its wireless sensor to detect nitrogen, phosphate and potassium (NPK) levels in soil to help farmers reduce waste and to improve crop yields.