Semtech announced the release of its Asset Tracking Reference Kit to accelerate the adoption of asset tracking solutions based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol, and facilitate the confirmation of the business value of such solutions.
The Semtech Asset Tracking Reference Kit allows users to locate outdoor assets around a specific location, including performing a regular automated inventory of assets that are available on site. With the data generated by the trackers, customers can evaluate the possible benefits of tracking their assets with an out-of-the box kit. The reference kit will demonstrate the key benefits and capabilities of a LoRaWAN-based tracking solution by applying the trackers to specific assets and having the ability to access the data by a web-based dashboard. The kit consists of LoRa-based sensors and gateways that are available on the market. Once the customer has seen the value of implementing a LoRa-based solution for asset tracking, they are able to deploy a commercial solution with any of the manufacturers in the LoRa ecosystem, providing sensors, gateways, network software, and connectivity.
The Semtech Asset Tracking Reference Kit comes complete with six industrial LoRaWAN-based GPS trackers and one outdoor LoRaWAN-based gateway including a preconfigured SIM card for Cellular backhaul. The data from the GPS trackers is collected via the LoRaWAN network without the need of a license or subscription fee. The user can configure some parameters of the trackers and access the data through a secure portal. Depending on the gateway placement, the coverage will vary from hundreds of meters around the location to several kilometers.
Semtech Corporation announced the release of LoRa Basics, software building blocks to assist solution developers in quickly realizing the return on investment (ROI) their customers want. All LoRa Basics releases will be available on Semtech’s LoRa Developer Portal as open source.
“To get LoRa-based solutions to market faster, developers can leverage Semtech’s free, supported and easy-to-use set of LoRa Basics,” said Steven Hegenderfer, Senior Director of the Developer Ecosystem in Semtech’s Wireless Sensing and Products Group. “LoRa Basics is fully compliant with LoRa Alliance™ and allows developers as well as enterprises to rapidly develop their applications.”
The impetus behind LoRa Basics is to take the common LoRaWAN functions that all developers of end devices, gateways or LoRaWAN-based solutions must implement and provide a free, supported set of open source software that is specification compliant. The building blocks represent best practices for the implementation of LoRaWAN-based technologies. Developers can then focus on developing their solutions, while getting their applications to market faster with less cost.
The first basic software building block, LoRa Basics Station, was announced and simultaneously released on GitHub in January 2019. LoRa Basics Station is a new LoRaWAN-based gateway packet forwarder with secure and robust data communication and remote gateway management protocols, which are equally suitable to Linux®-based gateways as well as resource-constrained embedded gateways.
LoRa Basics MAC, the second basic building block released today, provides the firmware an end-device developer needs to get LoRaWAN-based radios up and running. Next to a fully LoRaWAN-compliant protocol stack, it provides an event-driven run time with power management, timer handling and a flexible simulation environment with logical time to facilitate debugging and regression testing.
Future areas of focus for the LoRa Basics suite include firmware updates over the air (FUOTA), both on the end-device and on the backend server, as well as data science notebooks for offline performance analytics
To make accessing these tools easy, all of the LoRa Basics elements will be available on Semtech’s LoRa Developer Portal, which will also provide access to a comprehensive suite of developer training, documentation, technical resources, and community tools.
Semtech Corporation has announced the open registration of the LoRaWAN Academy for everyone, from large enterprises to individual developers. The LoRaWAN Academy provides comprehensive, free educational modules for students, engineers, developers, and enterprises to develop Internet of Things applications using LoRa-based technologies.
“Developers are the most important part of any modern technology platform, and the LoRaWAN Academy is there to help them get up to speed on one of the fastest growing IoT-enabling technologies out there today, Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology). The LoRaWAN Academy will enable developers to get their LoRa-based solutions to market faster as well as simplify development,” said Steven Hegenderfer, Senior Director of the Developer Ecosystem in Semtech’s Wireless Sensing and Products Group. “We are working with the LoRaWAN-based ecosystem to develop and drive material that is beneficial to the community. Providing completely free modules focused on building LoRa-based applications gives students, engineers, developers, and enterprises the jump-start they need to build robust, innovative IoT applications.”
The LoRaWAN Academy was first launched in late 2017 and targeted to universities. Since its initial inception, several universities from around the world implemented LoRaWAN Academy curriculum to prepare students for the IoT job market by training their students on developing LoRa-based solutions and the open LoRaWAN™ protocol. The program will now be available to anyone who is interested in building LoRa-based applications. The LoRaWAN Academy includes 10 modules of self-paced online classes that includes video lectures, supplemental reading materials and hands-on assignments.
To learn more about the LoRaWAN Academy, visit Semtech’s LoRa Developer Portal.
Semtech Corporation announced a new open-source packet forwarder for Linux-based gateways that allows secure, resource-efficient data communication and remote management, critical features for Internet of Things (IoT) networks. The same features have also been integrated on a miniature indoor gateway, 700 of which The Things Industries will distribute at the Things Conference from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 (The Things Gateway Indoor). Such miniature gateways, integrated with Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology), are ideal for generating dense network coverage with minimal capital expenditure and no operational expenditure.
The implementation on the miniature gateway is further designed to enable easy-to-deploy gateways, ideal for generating network coverage in challenging indoor environments for smart building applications or using mobile gateways in asset tracking solutions. In addition, these solutions enable developers to easily create applications and test interoperability, while providing flexibility for different deployment models, business models and network deployment strategies for solutions providers and network operators. Cost effective indoor gateways are leading to mass adoption of LoRa Technology for smart home, building and asset tracking applications.
“Semtech’s LoRa Technology is enabling the devices, networks and applications (DNA) of IoT and we expect to continue to revolutionize the industry by developing leading technology that shortens the application and solution development time to market. The new LoRa-based packet-forwarder protocols will help simplify interoperability of LoRaWAN-based solutions allowing the developer community to create a variety of IoT applications much faster,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.
An implementation for Linux-based gateways can be accessed on GitHub: https://github.com/lorabasics/basicstation.