Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading provider of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors products and advanced algorithms, today announced that Chipsafer, a startup that specializes in providing Internet of Things (IoT) services for livestock management, uses Semtech's LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa technology) to develop its ranch solution platform. Chipsafer's sensors forward sensor data from livestock, including body movements, local humidity, temperature and location, using LoRaWAN-based gateways and LoRaWANTM protocols.
Chipsafer, LORIOT, the American Society for Solar Energy (SES) and the European Space Agency, have completed three pilot projects for their livestock management solutions in Namibia and Luxembourg, Kenya. During the project, Chipsafer combines LoRa technology with LoRaWAN's long-range and low-power benefits with the capabilities of satellite technology to cover anywhere on Earth. This combination supports Chipsafer's deployment of its solutions in remote areas, while providing ranchers with more insight into their business operations.
"Semtech's LoRa technology provides us with a powerful framework for building our platform," said Victoria Alonsoperes, founder of Chipsafer. "Low manufacturing and deployment costs support us to focus on what our customers need most."
A key advantage of the Chipsafer networking application is the ability to track livestock and monitor its activities. The sensor with Semtech LoRa technology forwards the animal's position to the rancher and sends an alert to the rancher when the animal deviates from its normal path, allowing the rancher to better track their livestock.
"Livestock theft continues to rise on a global scale, and Semtech's LoRa technology tracks trails in real time," said Vivek Mohan, director of the Semtech Wireless and Sensing Products Division. "LoRa's long-range, low-power capabilities enable our customers to develop new applications and use scenarios where the best data and location are secure."
Key features of LoRa technology:
• Long distance: A single base station using LoRa technology provides deep penetration and indoor coverage in a dense urban environment, and can also be connected to sensors in rural areas up to 15-30 miles or more.
Low power consumption: LoRaWAN protocol is designed for low power consumption and development, can achieve unprecedented battery life, and some applications can even up to 20 years.
• Positioning: support for location tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption.
Low cost: LoRa technology reduces the initial investment and operating costs of the infrastructure and the cost of the terminal node sensor.
Open standards: LoRaWAN protocol to ensure the interoperability between applications, Internet of Things solutions providers and telecom operators can accelerate the introduction and deployment.
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