Semtech Corp. announced that Axino Solutions, a software and systems integrator for the planning and implementation of comprehensive IT solutions, has integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) into its smart refrigeration solutions to track food temperature for the food retail industry.
Axino’s LoRa-based solution has been deployed globally including with Migros, Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain. Since deployment of a LoRa-based solution, Migros has measured hundreds of thousands of Euros of savings per year.
In the food retail industry, food must be carefully monitored to ensure shelf life is maximized and it remains safe to consume. Additionally, food often has a long journey that is transported by a refrigerated truck to the supermarket, traveling from temperature-controlled warehouse to the final shelf. Many factors over the course of this journey may affect food safety and quality, including improper handling by personnel and inaccurate refrigerator calibration.
Axino’s LoRa-based temperature sensors quickly deploy into refrigeration infrastructure through a magnet with no external wiring. The sensor monitors core temperature data in real-time and is accurate to one degree Celsius.
Sensors can be preprogrammed to adjust individual refrigerator unit temperatures thereby maintaining a consistent temperature and keeping food safe. Real-time data evaluation and autonomous refrigeration adjustment help eliminate human error, prolong food shelf life and save customers money.
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.
“Semtech’s LoRa Technology is an enabling platform which provided us just with the right resilient wireless signal to be able to roll out our solution in. LoRa Technology provides us with the right plug-and-play characteristics for an easy to deploy and maintain solution, making this solution very attractive to potential customers,” said Ihab Hourani, CTO at Axino Solutions. “For smart refrigeration solutions, LoRa Technology allows accurate and consistent monitoring of temperature data. Axino’s artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms utilize this data to predict core temperatures of different food items and automatically adjust temperature levels to comply with safety regulations. As a result, customers reduce their amount of wasted product and increase their return on investment.”
“LoRa-based solutions, such as those from Axino, are simple to deploy and provide the capacity to accurately and consistently track data for years at a time,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of Internet of Things (IoT) for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “The smart supply chain and logistics IoT market could be worth as much as $6.3 trillion by 2025. LoRa Technology’s ease of deployment, scalability and cost-saving capabilities make it a de facto leader for IoT, and well equipped to lead this space.”
Axino will be presenting at the LoRa Alliance’s LoRaWAN Live and Market Place.