Semtech LoRa Technology provides low-cost, easily implementable geolocation capability to expand IoT use cases.
Semtech Corporation announced it will collaborate with ZTE, a major international provider of telecommunications, to bring to market new low-power, wide area network (LPWAN) gateways featuring Semtech LoRa® devices and wireless RF (LoRa) technology that enables native, GPS-free geolocation functionality for IoT applications.
Since 2016, ZTE has rapidly deployed IoT applications based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol that is standardized by the LoRa Alliance™. Semtech and ZTE will develop and test gateways with enhanced features including native and GPS-free geolocation. The companies will also work together to make new gateway and other IoT solutions more commercially available. Semtech’s geolocation functionality uses a hybrid mix of time stamping techniques to locate sensors relative to gateways without requiring additional hardware/space, battery power, and other costly add-ons.
“ZTE’s commitment to bringing commercial IoT solutions with geolocation functionality to market will help accelerate the adoption of IoT applications in China,” said Mike Wong, Vice President of Marketing for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.
“Our LoRa Technology enables geolocation functionality without added hardware, giving application developers a low-cost and easily implementable solution for tracking applications.”
Liu Jianye, Vice President at ZTE, said:
“After extensive testing, we are excited to enhance the current features our ecosystem of LoRa-based IoT applications. Our goal is to deploy over 10,000 gateways and millions of sensors in China and beyond.”