Reference kit simplifies smart building design promises Semtech

To simplify the development of LoRa-based smart building projects, Semtech is introducing the Smart Building Reference Kit. The collection of tools is designed to accelerate the development of smart building solutions based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol and demonstrate these for developers and customers.

“At the recent Securitas European CTO meeting in Paris, the kit was presented and provided our organisation insight into the possibilities of deploying LoRa-based devices for the security industry,” said Wiljan van Loon, strategic development director at Securitas Services Europe.

“The diverse range of sensors as well the easy set-up of this kit support our organisational efforts to promote and deploy LoRa-based IoT technology both internally, and for our clients, growing our business,” he enthused.

The kit will allow users to monitor doors and windows, desk and room presence, environmental conditions, and detect water intrusion. It is supplied with more than 20 sensors, two gateways and a global 4G hotspot for simplified set up. The kit is portable, allowing users to move sensor locations to assess network coverage.

The kit will allow customers to use LoRa and LoRaWAN to develop smart building applications.

“Customers will be able to quickly create simple smart building networks without needing to have extensive knowledge of IoT technologies, said Byron BeMiller, director of vertical marketing for smart buildings in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products group. He added that all tools included in the kit rely on readily accessible PC software.”

Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in 100 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance.

LoRa is the de facto standard for low power, wide area networks, explains Semtech. Buildings can present challenges for radio coverage and frequently require sensors to be placed in difficult-to-reach locations. LoRa’s can cover deep indoor locations within a building’s structure and offers a long battery life, making it suitable for smart building network design.

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