Semtech supports LoRaWAN network deploymet in Tasmania
Semtech said that IoT gateway company Definium Technologies has deployed a new enterprise-grade, statewide network in Tasmania, Australia, based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol.
Semtech said that the network facilitates Tasmania’s transition to become a laboratory for testing new technologies and allowing start-ups, businesses, communities, and students to experiment as well as receive the benefits of IoT connectivity from anywhere in-state.
“We decided to take on the challenge of rolling out a statewide enterprise-grade LoRaWAN network,” said Mike Cruse, CEO of Definium Technologies. “We want to encourage people to come to Tasmania and test their IoT solutions, then deploy them around the state with enterprise-grade reliability. Tasmania is the ideal life-sized laboratory at scale where individuals and businesses of all scales can experiment with next-generation IoT applications, such as applying intelligent sensors to asset management, agricultural, horticultural, and aquaculture use cases.”
Definium said that its approach to IoT networking “addresses blackspots head-on”, by allowing interested parties to extend coverage via installing one of Definium’s Nexus 8 industrial LoRaWAN-based gateways. The gateways have been deployed by Hobart International Airport to provide coverage for its LoRa-enabled sensors, the company noted. Extending the network improves coverage for all Tasmanians and allows the network to reach traditionally unavailable parts of the island, according to Semtech.
Definium has committed over 100 of its Nexus 8 gateways to the continuing roll-out of the network. The statewide network officially launched on July 25.
“The increasing deployment of large scale LoRaWAN networks using Semtech’s LoRa devices reflects a trend toward the growing adoption of IoT globally,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “Definium’s deployment in Tasmania will expose businesses, students and potential developers to IoT, and is expected to bring thousands of devices online to enable smarter solutions in a variety of vertical markets.”
IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in 100 countries.
Definium Technologies designs, develops, and manufactures IoT gateways and devices for all purposes, building automation systems hardware, electric fence monitors, fuel injection controllers, audio systems and remote controls for lifts. The company said it has partnered with several Australian companies to provide solutions in specific markets, including Armidale-based ICT International for environmental and agricultural monitoring and Hobart-based Aerus Technologies for healthcare and aged care monitoring.