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By Rich Handley
Feb 03, 2017

Semtech LoRa Technology Selected for Australia's First IoT Network

Semtech Corp., a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, has announced that its LoRa wireless platform is being used in Australia's first Internet of Things LPWAN network, in Launceston, Tasmania. The deployment, the company reports, is expected to enable numerous applications involving real-time transportation monitoring, inventory control, health care and more.

LoRa technology and the standardized LoRaWAN specification enable ease in deployment of IoT networks, by offering compatibility with existing infrastructure and interoperability with companies within the LoRa Alliance ecosystem. This citywide LPWAN deployment is a collaborative effort among the University of Tasmania's Sense-T, Definium Technologies and CSIRO's Data 61.

Definium Technologies will manufacture network gateways and sensors using LoRa technology that will run the network. Local businesses and residents will then be able to deploy and use IoT applications to improve manual processes, safety, conservation and more once the network is rolled out.

"This LoRaWAN network will stimulate IoT innovation and business opportunities, locally at first and then regionally, as the project expands," said Michael Ferguson, Definium Technologies' minister for information technology and innovation, in a prepared statement. "The range of applications for LoRaWAN networks is extensive, and we are excited to help lay the groundwork to bring IoT to Australia."

"This ground-breaking project adds Australia to the list of forward-thinking countries developing smart network infrastructures based on LoRa technology to help streamline day-to-day processes and elevate business decisions, environmental conservation, public infrastructure and more," said Marc Pegulu, the VP and general manager of Semtech's Wireless and Sensing Products Group, in the prepared statement. "LoRa technology makes large-scale network rollouts possible by integrating into existing infrastructure, offering strong connectivity, providing long range communication and low-power operation."

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