Semtech said it’s offering a complete bundle of development accelerators that streamline and simplify the process of developing, deploying and managing LoRa-based IoT applications. This LoRa-based platform focuses on three key areas for rapid IoT application design and deployment in support of the open LoRaWAN standard from the LoRa Alliance and in collaboration with its ecosystem: LoRa Basics, LoRa Cloud Services and modem-based, LoRa Hardware.
LoRa Basics are basic code building blocks to assist products developers in realising the ROI their customers want. The first of these building blocks, LoRa Basics Station (LoRaWAN gateway firmware), was announced and simultaneously released on GitHub in January. The company said it will later focus on device firmware, firmware updates over the air (FUOTA) and network performance analytics. To make accessing these tools easy, Semtech said it’s revamping and evolving its LoRa Community into an open developer ecosystem portal to provide access to a suite of developer training, technical resources and community tools.
LoRa Cloud Services are cloud services which deliver easy to use “ingredients” that product providers can leverage to deliver value more rapidly with less development overhead. LoRa Cloud Geolocation is the first of several of these services expected to be introduced in 2019. This service enables developers to quickly build IoT products which leverage multi-modal location functionalities (including Wi-Fi, GNSS and LoRaWAN-based geolocation) without taking on the development complexity (and repetition) involved in building a product from scratch. The service is designed from the outset to support flexibility in deployment options, cost effectiveness and ease of use.
Semtech will also be launching a new flexible modem-based hardware platform along with a cloud-based device provisioning and management service, which will dramatically simplify the full life cycle management of LoRa-based devices and accelerate both the development and deployment of secure fully-managed IoT products.
All products will be available by the end of 2019.