Beartooth products are ideal in natural disasters as LoRa Technology enables a long range link between devices.
Semtech Corporation announced that Beartooth, an innovative handheld device company, has leveraged Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa Technology) by enabling users to talk, text and locate friends in a cellular network outage.
While many other push-to-talk (PTT) applications often experience a loss in functionality during times of disaster due to network congestion and failure, Beartooth was designed to eliminate the reliance on cellular data and provide reliable connectivity. Beartooth devices have supported relief efforts during the recent Hurricane Harvey in Texas, allowing elite tactical units and search and rescue groups to continue their efforts to help survivors without the need for Wi-Fi. When paired with a smartphone, Beartooth users can correspond directly and unlike traditional apps that drain battery power, the LoRa-based device has low-power consumption.
“There are many PTT apps available on the market today, but these applications cannot operate when the network is congested or experiencing an outage,” said Michael Monaghan, CEO of Beartooth.
“Beartooth, leveraging Semtech’s LoRa Technology, now allows users to be connected at all times without being reliant on cellular networks.”
“In natural disasters, many individuals lose the ability to communicate with others due to network infrastructure failures. It is critical to have an established Internet of Things (IoT) platform that can bridge this gap when individuals are in a crisis,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.
“The Beartooth device integrated with Semtech’s LoRa Technology, with its long-range and low-power capabilities, can help save lives by connecting individuals with rescue teams or their families.”