Semtech releases reference kit to simplify LoRa-based smart building development

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Semtech has released a Smart Building Reference Kit, a collection of tools that have been designed to accelerate the development of smart building solutions based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol.

The kit will allow users to monitor doors and windows, desk and room presence, environmental conditions, and detect water intrusion. The kit comes complete with more than 20 sensors, two gateways and a global 4G hotspot for simplified setup. The portable nature of the kit allows users to move sensor locations to assess completeness of network coverage.

“Semtech’s Reference Kit will empower potential customers to utilise LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol in the development of their own smart building applications,” explained Byron BeMiller, Director of Vertical Marketing for Smart Buildings in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

“Customers will be able to quickly create simple smart building networks without needing to have extensive knowledge of IoT technologies. All tools included in the kit rely on readily accessible PC software.”

IoT devices in commercial real estate have grown from 71.2 million in 2015 to more than 791 million in 2019, according to recent market research. Despite the continued growth of IoT for smart buildings, the highly technical nature of IoT serves as a barrier to entry for many potential businesses.

As the de facto standard for low power, wide area network-based solutions, LoRa devices will enable a wide range of smart building solutions that meet customer needs and deliver real return on investment.

Buildings often present unique challenges for radio coverage and frequently require sensors to be placed in difficult-to-reach locations. LoRa’s ability to cover deep indoor locations within a building’s structure and offer long battery life make it the increasingly preferred technology for smart building projects.

Through the creation of a self-contained kit, Semtech said that it was aiming to simplify the testing of LoRa-based products in a smart building environment and continue to support LoRa-based developers and end users.