Semtech’s LoRa technology integrated in smart fire evacuation system; HEX’s exit signs connect to the cloud allowing safer navigation in hazardous environments

Semtech Corp., supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced this week collaboration with HEX SAFETY, a smart fire prevention company in Taiwan, to incorporate Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) into its Dynamic Evacuation System.

HEX’s Dynamic Exit Signs integrated with LoRa Technology intuitively help people navigate complex hazardous zones in real-time by indicating the quickest and safest direction out of the premises.

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 conventional exit signs only signal where the closest exit is, which may mistakenly lead people into hazard zones. The HEX Dynamic Evacuation System communicates with the building’s existing fire alarm system and sends the safest direction to every HEX exit sign in the building.

By enhancing people’s decision making and shortening the egress route, the HEX Dynamic Evacuation System significantly increases chances of survival. Since power outages are common during a fire, LoRa Technology provides the long range and low power capabilities in an IoT platform that is needed for operating HEX’s exits signs.

“Emergency data transmission is extremely important in a fire scene and Semtech’s LoRa Technology helps us to build a more stable solution,” said Hsiao-Mei Lin, general manager of HEX SAFETY. “LoRa Technology not only brings a new vision of fire prevention to the industry, but also creates an innovative IoT application use case that better serves cities and communities. We hope to use this technology to make public space and large-scale buildings safer and more comfortable.”

“With its flexibility and easy deployment, Semtech’s LoRa Technology is ideal for emergency evacuation solutions,” said Vivek Mohan, director of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “HEX’s innovative application is a perfect example of IoT technology solving real-world challenges that create a smarter planet.”


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