Semtech’s smart building kit can help you test the use of LoRa (Long Range)-based IoT solutions in your facilities

by Brianna Crandall — August 26, 2019 — Semtech Corporation, a supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, just announced the release of its Smart Building Reference Kit, a collection of tools designed to accelerate the development of smart building solutions based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol, and facilitate a portable demonstration of these solutions.

Semtech Smart Building Reference Kit to promot LoRa use

The Smart Building Reference Kit is a collection of tools designed to accelerate the development of smart building solutions based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol and facilitate a portable demonstration of these solutions. Image courtesy Semtech

Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology, acquired from Cycleo) constitute a long-range, low-power wireless platform that has become the de facto technology for Internet of Things (IoT) networks worldwide.

Wiljan van Loon, strategic development director at Securitas Services Europe, remarked:

The Semtech Smart Building Reference Kit is an excellent way to promote the use of LoRa. At the recent Securitas European CTO meeting in Paris, the kit was presented and provided our organization insight into the possibilities of deploying LoRa-based devices for the security industry. The diverse range of sensors as well the easy setup of this kit support our organizational efforts to promote and deploy LoRa-based Internet of Things (IoT) technology both internally, and for our clients, growing our business.

The kit will allow users to monitor doors and windows, desk and room presence, environmental conditions, and detect water intrusion. The kit comes complete with more than 20 sensors, two gateways and a global 4G hotspot for simplified setup. The portable nature of the kit allows users to move sensor locations to assess completeness of network coverage.

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Byron BeMiller, director of Vertical Marketing for Smart Buildings in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group, stated:

Semtech’s Smart Building Reference Kit will empower potential customers to utilize LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol in the development of their own smart building applications. Customers will be able to quickly create simple smart building networks without needing to have extensive knowledge of IoT technologies. All tools included in the kit rely on readily accessible PC software.

IoT devices in commercial real estate have grown from 71.2 million in 2015 to more than 791 million in 2019, according to a Deloitte report cited by Semtech. Despite the continued growth of IoT for smart buildings, the highly technical nature of IoT serves as a barrier to entry for many potential businesses.

As the de facto standard for low power, wide area network-based solutions, LoRa devices offer a proven feature set for enabling a wide range of smart building solutions that meet customer needs and deliver real return on investment (ROI), says Semtech.

The company points out that buildings often present unique challenges for radio coverage and frequently require sensors to be placed in difficult-to-reach locations. LoRa’s ability to cover deep indoor locations within a building’s structure and offer long battery life make it a preferred technology for today’s smart building projects. Through the creation of a self-contained kit, Semtech aims to simplify the testing of LoRa-based products in a smart building environment and continue to support LoRa-based developers and end users.

For more information about the Smart Building Reference Kit or the hardware contained within the kit, visit the LoRa Developer Portal.

Semtech’s widely adopted LoRa long-range, low-power solution for IoT gives telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in 100 countries, and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, the fastest growing IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications.