Semtech and ZTE to develop LoRa-based IoT solutions with geolocation functionality
ZTE has been deploying IoT applications based on LoRaWAN protocol since 2016.
U.S.-based Semtech, which is a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced a deal with ZTE to develop low-power, wide area network gateways using Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless RF technology.
Under terms of the deal, Semtech and ZTE will develop and test gateways with enhanced features including native and GPS-free geolocation. The companies will also on commercial gateways and internet of things solutions.
Semtech said its technology enables GPS-free geolocation functionality for IoT applications and uses a mix of time stamping techniques to locate sensors relative to gateways without requiring additional hardware or battery power.
Since 2016, ZTE has been deploying IoT applications based on the LoRaWAN protocol since last year.
“After extensive testing, we are excited to enhance the current features our ecosystem of LoRa-based IoT applications,” said Liu Jianye, VP at ZTE, in a statement. “Our goal is to deploy over 10,000 gateways and millions of sensors in China and beyond.”
Spain’s Butano24 integrates Semtech’s technology in its gas level measurement app
In related news, Semtech also confirmed that Butano24, a Spanish company delivering IoT devices to energy and utility companies, has integrated LoRa RF technology in its gas level measurement application.
The Butano24 smart gas bottle sensor uses an ultrasound solution to measure the gas level without requiring any modification of the bottle. The IoT solution is said to help distributors analyze the buying and consumption patterns of users, leading to a more efficient gas delivery mechanism and will give users more control over their orders.
Semtech said its LoRa technology allows the solution to run on batteries for more than 10 years while automating data transmission and enabling cloud storage for real-time information and data monitoring.