Ireland’s LoRa-based network, Pervasive Nation, aims to accelerate the advancement of IoT technology and support new applications.
Semtech Corporation, today announced that its LoRa® devices and Wireless RF Technology will be used in a new low power, wide area network (LPWAN) deployed across Ireland called Pervasive Nation.
The nationwide network is a program of CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Center for Future Networks and Communications, headquartered at the world-famous Trinity College Dublin. The LoRaWAN network will be used to facilitate Internet of Things (IoT) research and innovation.
Semtech LoRa Technology was chosen for its extensive feature set that includes long-range capability and long battery lifetime for end-devices. It also offers geolocation, deep signal penetrability, and adherence to the open, standardized LoRaWAN protocol. The network design and management is a collaborative effort by Davra Networks, a cloud-based software provider, OrbiWise, a leading provider of infrastructure solutions for IoT, and the CONNECT Centre at Trinity College Dublin, which will manage the program. CONNECT aims to use Pervasive Nation to catalyze IoT research and development in Ireland.
LoRa Technology aims to improve day-to-day activities for both consumers and enterprises by automating processes ranging from public infrastructure to domestic applications. CONNECT’s Pervasive Nation will be used, for example, to improve campus management by monitoring temperature in buildings and lighting control.
LoRaWAN network infrastructure gives maximum capacity, range and signal strength, while operating on low battery to ensure limited maintenance and operating expenses,” said Val Jelinic, Program Manager for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Product Group.
“The robust feature set of LoRa is ideal for a large scale network rollout like Pervasive Nation, which will enable the adoption of IoT in Ireland so residents, businesses and municipalities can implement more efficient, automated processes for a variety of applications, such as campus and infrastructure management, asset tracking, traffic monitoring, and more.”
“The Pervasive Nation network combines LoRa’s robust feature set with OrbiWise’s flexible and cost-effective technology to enable IoT Research, innovation and education throughout Ireland,” said Professor Linda Doyle, Director of CONNECT and Professor of Engineering and the Arts at Trinity College Dublin. “By using the standardized LoRaWAN protocol, and being part of the LoRa Alliance, we aim to provide this national resource to individual researchers, educational institutes or businesses in order to shape the IoT future.”