Semtech Corp., supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced Thursday that X-TELIA, a Montreal-based LoRaWAN network operator that enables the Internet of Things (IoT) and a LoRa Alliance member, developed a smart city solution utilizing Semtech’s LoRa®devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) in digital schedules for bus shelters in the Montreal area.
X-TELIA installed LoRa-based displays showing the next departing bus time in bus shelters throughout Montreal. The solar powered displays operate on X-TELIA’s public LoRaWAN network. In the future, X-TELIA expects to update the displays to show bus delays in real-time, leveraging Semtech’s LoRa Technology for tracking and up-to-the-minute schedule changes.
The program is among the first in Canada to utilize LoRa Technology for smart transit including tracking and scheduling.
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 over 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 X-TELIA network is the initial LoRaWAN public network in Quebec. It was launched by Quebec entrepreneurs who are eager to provide businesses, cities and citizens access to a new generation of technologies and applications that, according to analysts around the world, will soon change the world, for the better.
“LoRa Technology for smart transit can save commuters time and help the city run more efficiently,” said Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “X-TELIA’s LoRa-based solution is an excellent example for future system integrators as the sensors are easy to install, run on a fraction of the power of current solutions and provide real-time tracking even in densely crowded urban areas. When these solutions are combined with other smart city technologies, including smart parking and waste management, the future of a city is transformed to create a smarter planet.”