Semtech, The Things Industries unite cellular and LoRaWAN connectivity for enhanced IoT solutions

Semtech, The Things Industries unite cellular and LoRaWAN connectivity for enhanced IoT solutions

Semtech, a semiconductor and cloud connectivity service provider, has collaborated with The Things Industries to combine cellular connectivity with LoRaWAN to create an offering that will facilitate a faster and more encompassing integration of connectivity into IoT devices, the partners say.

Semtech has been working with LoRaWAN ecosystem partners like Things Industries to tackle the issue of limited IoT adoption at scale due to a lack of suitable connectivity. The objective is to create IoT solutions that combine the long-range coverage and low power of its LoRa devices with high-speed cellular connectivity.

The issue of integration — and attempts to solve the challenge — is a long-standing one that enterprises face as they work to digitize and automate manufacturing, warehousing and other operations. Market research firm Analysis Mason survey found that integration between hardware, software and connectivity was the second biggest challenge for enterprises, just behind security as the top concern.

“With this collaboration, we are bringing together the cellular and LoRaWAN ecosystems to provide LoRaWAN developers with the ubiquity of cellular connectivity and all customers with best-in-class solutions for the Internet of Things,” says Ross Gray, the vice president and general manager of the IoT Connected Services Group, Semtech.

Earlier this month, The Things Industries announced it had reached one million devices on its LoRaWAN network management platform. The one million devices were distributed among customers, system integrators and device vendors. The company claims this achievement demonstrates the scalability and reliability of the infrastructure in delivering efficient connectivity solutions to customers worldwide.

The Things Industries offer an enterprise-level LoRaWAN network server that integrates connectivity, management and monitoring of IoT devices, gateways and applications. This open-source infrastructure permits users to create LoRaWAN networks on their individual hardware and cloud platform.

Recently, new business opportunities in smart electricity metering have emerged as a result of low-power, wide-area networking technologies such as LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN open protocol. As smart utilities become more prevalent, LoRaWAN stands out for its robust infrastructure and expansive coverage. It is highly secure and adaptable to meet smart metering ecosystem needs.

“Working closely with ecosystem partners such as The Things Industries, by combining cellular and LoRaWAN technologies, we are creating a more reliable and efficient network of IoT products and solutions that not only offer enhanced network capacity, scalability, and cost efficiency for our customers, but that also help to enable the transformation to a smarter, more sustainable planet,” Gray adds.

Last year, Semtech partnered with Exeger to enhance the battery life of IoT devices using solar harvesting technology. By combining Semtech’s LoRa Edge asset management platform with Exeger’s Powerfoyle solar cell technology, the companies could extend the battery life of IoT devices.

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