Trimble Uses Semtech LoRa Technology for IoT Water-Monitoring Sensor Series

Semtech, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, has announced that its LoRa wireless RF technology is being used in Trimble's new Telog 41 Series of wireless Internet of Things sensors for remotely measuring, monitoring and analyzing water, wastewater and groundwater systems.
By IOT Journal
Dec 12, 2016

PRESS RELEASE:

As part of a smart water infrastructure, the Telog 41 Series allows utilities to more easily and economically deploy a broad range of wireless monitoring solutions to address issues many municipalities face such as water shortages, flooding, budget constraints and environmental regulations.

Using Semtech's LoRa Wireless RF Technology, the Telog 41 Series sensors are designed for low-power operation, extended battery life, strong signal range in both dense urban and rural areas, as well as interoperability with existing infrastructure to reduce upfront investment cost. Semtech's LoRa Technology is especially effective in sensor-based applications due to its low-power battery operation and strong communication capability in regional, national or even global LoRaWAN networks.

"Semtech's LoRa Technology provides our customers the features essential to implement IoT and take advantage of the frequent data transmission required to more effectively operate and conserve water," said Adrian Newcombe, business director of Trimble's Telog solutions. "By using a wireless Telog 41 Series IoT sensor equipped with LoRa, utilities can monitor remote areas, respond to damage, floods and other issues, and improve overall operation efficiency."

"By providing access to data and analytics for water pressure, flows, levels, leaks, volumes and usage, Trimble is allowing utility companies to more proactively address their many challenges, such as water conservation, damage and flooding, and budget constraints," said Vivek Mohan, Director of Wireless Products for Semtech's Wireless and Sensing Product Group. "This use case for LoRa Technology demonstrates the potential IoT has to streamline processes, provide valuable data, improve analytics and shorten response time to customers."

The LoRa-equipped Telog 41 Series includes five different sensors, each customized for a specific use case: pressure monitoring, level monitoring, flow monitoring, pulse/event monitoring and rainfall monitoring. The sensors work in combination with software (either Cloud-hosted or on-premise) that has been developed to provide utilities with a single platform for smart water management and are designed to relay data to the software in intervals from every five minutes to 24 hours, depending on the use case. This allows data to be monitored remotely, giving companies access to near real-time data, including alerts, alarms, advanced analytics and reporting. The use of low-power LoRa Technology allows the sensors to have a battery life of 5 years assuming 15-minute transmission intervals.

Key Features of Semtech LoRa RF Technology:

• Long Range: A single LoRa base station enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas.

• Low Power: The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 20 years depending on the application.

• Low Cost: LoRa reduces up front infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.

• Open Standard: LoRaWAN ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.

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