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LoRa-enabled Smart Home & Building Innovations at CES and Beyond

Posted by Byron BeMiller on 16 January 2019
Among the many fascinating topics that captivated the 180,000 plus attendees at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) were innovations for smart homes and buildings. From smart kitchen appliances to voice assistant-enabled lighting, consumer electronics companies are leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect everyday devices to the Cloud to create new experiences for consumers at a rapid pace. Business Insider forecasts that in the United States alone, more than one billion smart home devices will be deployed by 2023.
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Tags: LoRa, Smart Homes & Buildings, Wireless RF, Internet of Things, Events

Become a LoRaWAN Expert at The Things Conference

Since the introduction by Semtech of its LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) and inception, in February 2015, of the LoRaWAN™ protocol, hundreds of organizations have committed to using the open standard. Over 500 companies have joined the LoRa Alliance™, a non-profit association committed to developing and promoting LoRaWAN, which is revolutionizing the way we connect things to the Internet.

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

Best of LoRa Technology: 2018 in Review

Posted by Vivek Mohan on 02 January 2019
It’s been an impressive year as Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) made significant strides toward becoming the de facto platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. According to the LoRa Alliance™, by the end of 2018, LoRa and the LoRaWAN™ protocol will be deployed in over 100 countries. In addition, tens of millions of end nodes were deployed, bringing an endless number of use cases in key vertical markets including smart buildings, smart metering, smart agriculture, and smart cities. This past year represented a historic period for LoRa Technology, with several highlights that we believe are worth revisiting.
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Tags: LoRa, Wireless RF, Internet of Things

LoRa Technology Providing New Efficiencies for Golf Courses

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 12 December 2018
Calgary Recreation is working with Information Technology (IT) at The City of Calgary to test the Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and custom software on its network based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol to determine if an in-house, low-cost solutions exists to effectively track pace of play at the Shaganappi Point Golf Course with Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology). Understanding the pace of play on a golf course will help staff to tackle pace of play issues in order to elevate customer experience.
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Tags: LoRa, Smart Cities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things

LoRa Technology Brings Smart Agriculture Indoors in Calgary’s Devonian Gardens

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 11 December 2018
The Devonian Gardens is a three-acre horticultural refuge on the top floor of The CORE Shopping Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. One of the largest indoor gardens of its kind, it boasts more than 10,000 ground cover plants, 250 trees, a 900-square-foot living wall, koi ponds, and a children’s play area. This impressive botanical oasis, perched above 116 retail stores, is maintained by The City of Calgary Parks. Since 1977, Devonian Gardens, with its imported exotic plants and tropical trees, has served as an alluring retreat for Calgarians and tourists – especially during the long winter season.
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Tags: LoRa, Smart Cities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things

A Smart City’s Real-time Noise Monitoring Leverages LoRa Technology

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 10 December 2018
Noise pollution is a persistent problem for residents in an urban environment. Recent studies have estimated that nine in ten people in major cities are exposed daily to noise levels exceeding international guidelines. The negative health effects of excess noise include disturbed sleep, hearing loss, cognitive disorders, and high blood pressure. Municipal noise ordinances aim to reduce noise pollution, but assessments of noise and monitoring are performed infrequently and are primarily complaint-driven. The City of Calgary set out to build a network of low-cost acoustic sensors to enable continuous monitoring of noise in its urban environment. The Internet of Things (IoT) platform identified for the project: Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology).
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Tags: LoRa, Smart Cities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things

How TEKTELIC Communications Teamed Up With the City of Calgary to Enable Smart City Solutions

Posted by TEKTELIC Communications on 05 December 2018
In this guest blog, TEKTELIC Communications presents its role in The City of Calgary’s smart city based on LoRa Technology. Learn more about the Smart City of Calgary and stay tuned to Semtech’s blog throughout December for more stories about #SmartCalgary.
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Tags: LoRa, Smart Cities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things

Discovering LoRa Technology Through Academics: A Q&A With The University of Calgary

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 04 December 2018
The City of Calgary is leading the smart city revolution as one of the first cities in North America to build a municipality-owned, carrier-grade network based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol. This innovation is possible through the collaboration of business and community partners, such as the University of Calgary (U of C). Facilitated by the Urban Alliance, a research partnership between the City of Calgary and University of Calgary, the Computer Science Department at U of C played a key role in driving smart city innovation with Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology). Learn more about this valuable community partnership in the Q&A below with U of C Professor Majid Ghaderi, PhD, and graduate students Edward Rochester and Asid Muhammad Yousuf.
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Tags: LoRa, Smart Cities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things

Why Calgary Chose LoRa for its Leading Smart City Network

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 03 December 2018
For the next two weeks, Inside Out will feature stories about the Smart City of Calgary, which deployed one of the first City-owned LoRaWAN™-based networks in North America. We kick off the series below with a guest blog from The City of Calgary below. Learn more about the Smart City of Calgary and stay tuned to Semtech’s blog throughout December for more stories about #SmartCalgary.
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Tags: LoRa, Smart Cities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things

First LoRaWAN-based Smart Island Enables IoT on Mallorca

Posted by Semtech Corporate Marketing on 28 November 2018
Mallorca, the largest of Spain’s five Balearic Islands, is known for its white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters. It’s no surprise the island’s popularity as a tourist destination has steadily grown to more than 10 million visitors in 2017, up from six million in 2010, and just three million in the 1970s. The residential population of this Mediterranean island has doubled from 460,030 in 1970 to 895,000 in 2017. A study by the University of the Balearic Islands anticipates an additional 32.7% population growth by 2030. The report equates this to 25 people for every meter of beach in Mallorca. With increasing environmental limitations, Mallorca’s citizens are developing smart solutions to conserve natural resources by saving water, recycling waste and reducing consumption.
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Tags: LoRa, Smart Cities, Wireless RF, Internet of Things