Semtech says LoRa devices optimize quarantine monitoring in China
U.S. company Semtech said that several of its customers, including CIAAIoT, EasyLinkin, IOCA, RisingHF, and Winext Technology, have integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol with cloud-based platforms developed by Chinese companies Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud, to deploy smarter Internet of Things (IoT)-based monitoring applications for residents in quarantine scenarios.
Semtech said that these solutions provide healthcare workers with data and insight into community health, allowing more optimized workflows for the distribution of efficient healthcare services during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
With the current COVID-19 outbreak in China and worldwide, the task of monitoring and managing quarantined and isolated personnel remains a critical challenge, Semtech said, adding that “Health services employees, including disease control and prevention teams, are increasingly leveraging smarter applications based on IoT to provide efficient, high quality care to their communities. Traditional quarantine methods, including camera usage, door sealing and locking, are limited in effectiveness and typically unable to effectively monitor the status of building exits and entrances. Additionally, these methods require frequent manual inspection, which increases labor costs and exposes maintenance workers to contact with isolated persons.” Semtech noted that LoRa-based solutions bring real-time insight into quarantined buildings and replace manual processes.
CIAAIoT and EasyLinkin integrated LoRa-based magnetic door sensors with Alibaba Cloud’s cloud-based application development platform and services to create a “smart doorkeeper” solution for efficient building monitoring. IOCA, RisingHF, Winext Technology, and other LoRa-based device manufacturers worked with Tencent Cloud to leverage its LoRa-based door sensors in a new cloud-based door seal monitoring solution.
Semtech said that these products have successfully been deployed into the residential communities of China’s Hubei province, as well as Chengdu, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Zhengzhou.
Both Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud’s cloud-based monitoring solutions are comprised of a LoRa-based gateway and connected door sensor, and immediately begin the transmission of accurate door use data upon deployment. These LoRa-based applications offer LoRaWAN-based connectivity with long range transmission and deep signal penetration as well as real-time reporting of building access changes, reducing the need for manual inspection and increasing management efficiency
These solutions also offer simple integration with temperature and humidity sensors, smoke and fire alarms, as well as other smart building applications
Semtech said that data collected from the LoRa-based solutions is viewable on Alibaba Cloud or Tencent Cloud’s cloud-based platforms for trend analysis and insight into quarantine effectiveness, as well as enabling the optimization of personnel management. In addition to quarantine monitoring, Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud’s solutions offer the capabilities to deploy in shopping mall security, hospital patient care, child safety protection, and other scenarios to monitor the status of door and window use in real time.
“Smarter technologies and IoT applications play an important role in providing high quality health services during COVID-19. Semtech’s LoRa devices and LoRaWAN protocol provide an easy to use and deploy solution to quickly connect systems and provide optimized, effective healthcare in communities,” said Mike Wong, VP of China sales for Semtech.