Semtech collaborates with AWS and TensorIoT to simplify IoT solution development

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Semtech, a supplier of high performance analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, is collaborating with AWS and TensorIoT to simplify IoT solution development.

The companies are offering Asset Tracking and Smart Building Kits that will integrate Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol with AWS IoT services.

Systems Integrators and Enterprises will now be able to use AWS IoT services to accelerate the pilot-to-production lifecycle for their digital transformation applications, while leveraging key AWS native services, such as AWS IoT Core, Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon DynamoDB.

The new Asset Tracking and Smart Building Kits are the first vertical product offerings based on the LoRaWAN protocol built using AWS IoT Core and a serverless architecture. In combination, they will pave the way for industry verticals such as utilities, smart home, smart community, and smart healthcare to provide similar solutions that benefit from long range, low power IoT capabilities that LoRaWAN provides.

“LPWAN technologies represent a rapidly growing frontier of connectivity choices for IoT. Hundreds of millions of constrained devices are being connected to solve real world challenges in every vertical. These devices need to be able to communicate through multiple levels of concrete for smart structures or over miles of distance in remote telemetry cases while running on tiny batteries that last 10+ years,” said Michael MacKenzie, General Manager, IoT Connect and Control, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “With companies like Semtech, AWS IoT Core customers are delivering LPWAN solutions using LoRa without sacrificing scalability, availability or security.”

In addition to the hardware, the kits provide out-of-the-box Cloud dashboard capabilities to quickly demonstrate the value of IoT solutions in the asset tracking and smart building industries. The Asset Tracking Kit allows users to locate outdoor assets around a specific location, including performing a regular automated inventory of assets that are available on site. With the data generated by the GPS industrial trackers included with the kit easily viewable on a Cloud dashboard, customers can evaluate the possible benefits of tracking their assets with an out-of-the-box kit.

The Smart Building Kit allows users to monitor doors and windows, desk and room presence, environmental conditions, and detect water intrusion in near-real time accessible via the Cloud from anywhere. The solution can be used, for example, in the event of a fire, chemical spill or other hazard to determine the number of employees in that area and ensure they are evacuated quickly and safely. The portable nature of the Smart Building Kit allows users to move sensor locations to assess completeness of network coverage.

For large-scale IoT deployments, scalability is essential, and these kits take advantage of the highly available and scalable infrastructure AWS provides. These kits are built entirely upon the AWS IoT stack, and the Cloud dashboards are designed to be largely serverless from the ground up, relying on native AWS offerings, such as AWS IoT Core, AWS IoT Core Rules Engine, AWS IoT Gateway, AWS Lambda, and AWS IoT Device Shadow.

TensorIoT, helps customers accelerate the integration of IoT and machine learning (ML) in products and processes and created the Cloud applications to connect the sensors to the AWS Services, providing a complete out-of-the-box experience for the kits.

“The Asset Tracking and the Smart Building Kits are a perfect example of how TensorIoT is working with AWS and Semtech to provide best-in-class IoT solutions leveraging highly scalable AWS Services like AWS IoT Core and Semtech’s LoRa devices,” said Ravi Raghunathan, CEO of TensorIoT.

The Kits include:

  • The functional capabilities of devices based on the LoRaWAN protocol (long battery life, enhanced distance/coverage and a proven protocol), coupled with the power of AWS underneath
  • Dashboards built on AWS are open-sourced and can be completely customised
  • Functionality allowing easy scalability, from taking the Cloud dashboard “as-is” from proof-of-concept, to pilot-to-production as the underlying infrastructure is “outsourced” to AWS

“Semtech’s LoRa is a proven IoT solution that has been implemented in a variety of industries ranging from smart home and community to asset tracking and smart buildings. Our collaboration with AWS shows that LoRa devices are connected everywhere and LoRa is the de facto platform for IoT LPWAN applications,” said Alistair Fulton, General Manager of Semtech’s Wireless & Sensing Products Group.