Semtech deploys LoRa technology for smart airport project in Turkey
Semtech announced that Turkish IoT provider Skysens Teknoloji has integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology into its smart asset tracking solutions for Istanbul Airport, in Turkey.
“Solutions built on Semtech’s LoRa Technology deploy simply with minimal infrastructure cost to comprehensively monitor a wide range of airport applications,” said Burak Polat, co-founder and CEO of Skysens. “Airports’ supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems monitor infrastructure, but offer no way to oversee an asset’s current condition, location, operational status, or whether maintenance is necessary. LoRa technology allowed Skysens to connect applications across the entirety of Istanbul Airport for effective data monitoring to drive down operational cost and create a smarter, safer airport.”
Istanbul Airport has an area of 76.5 million square meters, currently serves more than 100 million passengers a year and expects to serve around 200 million passengers annually. Skysens said the project included the deployment of an end-to-end IoT solution comprised of 3,000 LoRa-based sensors, with plans to deploy 10,000 total sensors upon the airport’s completion.
Additionally, Skysens provided the LoRaWAN-based network and applications to connect the airport’s sensors that will also be leveraged by other airport tenants and airline companies. Skysens’ LoRa-based geolocation sensors monitor the location of vehicles, personnel and luggage GPS-free.
Data from the LoRa-based sensors allows the airport to reduce operational expenses due to the implementation of predictive maintenance, efficient and accurate asset monitoring and a reduction in energy consumption. All data monitoring and analysis is channelled through Skysens’ own cloud-based IoT platform.
“Semtech’s LoRa Technology gives managers the capacity to track status, data and diagnostics from thousands of assets at once, making it the optimal IoT solution for Istanbul Airport,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president of IoT for Semtech’s wireless and sensing products group. “With LoRa Technology, Skysens was able to simplify development and accelerate products to market that successfully capture data from diverse airport applications. This data allows airport managers to more efficiently monitor their fleet and energy use to make smarter decisions and reduce cost.”
Skysens is a LPWAN technology provider of hardware and software applications. The Turkish firm provides different sensors and LPWAN technology to global players following the LoRaWAN protocol. Skysens also provides LoRaWAN connectivity in some of the largest cities in Turkey.
Semtech, a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, said that IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in 100 countries.