Semtech releases open-source software to allow secure data communication across LoRaWAN-based ecosystem

Semtech Corp. 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 devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology), are ideal for generating dense network coverage with minimal capital expenditure and no operational expenditure.

The Things Industries provides an integrated chain of LoRaWAN-based products and services to start working on the Internet of Things. With a LoRaWAN-based network server, hardware and support, developers can start building secure end-to-end solutions. The Things Industries is about enabling low power devices to use long range gateways to connect to an open-source, decentralized network to exchange data with applications.

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 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 devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide.

IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in 100 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, the fastest growing IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications.

“The full featured miniature gateway has great potential for bringing LoRa-based solutions to scale,” said Wienke Giezeman, CEO and co-founder of The Things Industries. “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.”

“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.


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