Semtech Announces Open-Source Software for LoRa-based Gateways

Semtech Announces Open-Source Software for LoRa®-based Gateways

New packet-forwarder protocol designed by Semtech allows secure, resource-efficient data communication and remote management across the LoRaWAN-based ecosystem.

Semtech Corporation today announced a new open-source packet forwarder for Linux-based gateways that allows secure, resource-efficient data communication and remote management, critical features for Internet of Things (IoT) networks.

The same features have also been integrated on a miniature indoor gateway, 700 of which The Things Industries will distribute at the Things Conference from Jan.31 to Feb.1 (The Things Gateway Indoor). Such miniature gateways, integrated with Semtech’s LoRa® technology, are ideal for generating dense network coverage with minimal capital expenditure and no operational expenditure.

Wienke Giezeman, CEO and Co-Founder of The Things Industries, said:

“The full featured miniature gateway has great potential for bringing LoRa-based solutions to scale.”

“The product lowers the total cost of ownership of LoRaWAN-based solutions, providing a disruptively low price point as it can be installed in only a few minutes by non-technical personnel. Removing the hassle and lowering the investment of the network allows businesses to focus on what really matters, an end-to-end IoT business solution.”

The implementation on the miniature gateway is further designed to enable easy-to-deploy gateways, ideal for generating network coverage in challenging indoor environments for smart building applications or using mobile gateways in asset tracking solutions. In addition, these solutions enable developers to easily create applications and test interoperability, while providing flexibility for different deployment models, business models and network deployment strategies for solutions providers and network operators. Cost effective indoor gateways are leading to mass adoption of LoRa Technology for smart home, building and asset tracking applications.

“Semtech’s LoRa Technology is enabling the devices, networks and applications (DNA) of IoT and we expect to continue to revolutionize the industry by developing leading technology that shortens the application and solution development time to market. The new LoRa-based packet-forwarder protocols will help simplify interoperability of LoRaWAN-based solutions allowing the developer community to create a variety of IoT applications much faster,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

An implementation for Linux-based gateways can be accessed on GitHub:

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