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Internet of Things Applications

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology phenomenon that is expected to equip billions of everyday objects with connectivity and intelligence for improved analytics, performance, efficiency, and lifestyle in the coming years. Semtech's LoRa® wireless radio frequency technology is an award-winning product platform that is driving low power wide area network (LPWAN) and sensor deployments for IoT. In addition to LoRa, Semtech wireless charging, smart switching, electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection, and surge protection product platforms can be used to protect and enhance IoT applications.

Build vs. Buy: What’s Your Hardware Approach?

Whether you buy or design your own sensors featuring LoRa is highly dependent on your specific situation and application needs. Buying off-the-shelf sensors requires the least amount of development effort and allows you to focus on your core expertise in developing an application or system. At the other end of the spectrum, building your own gives the greatest level of flexibility and control over the implementation, but can incur the highest design and certification costs. Whatever path you choose, Semtech is here to provide options.

Category Development Effort Level Developer Goal



Software or solution developers who want to focus on developing an application or system and can find acceptable sensor solutions in the ecosystem.



A developer who has a sensor design with a standard output like Ethernet or a voltage level and needs a modem to send data. Having two parts (one sensor and one modem) is not an impediment to their deployment.



A developer that wants to integrate their sensor design and communication into a single small package, but does not want to design their own radio integration. New electronic design can often be avoided if using standard adapters or hardware interfaces. Like the previous categories, this also has the advantage of having a pre-certified radio module.



This is a solution for a developer who is looking for a smaller form-factor for their design or more control over the available radio features. This does require creating a board or interface to link the sensor to a modem. Like the previous categories, this option often has the advantage of having a pre-certified radio module.



This is for the developer who wants the highest level of flexibility and control in their implementation. This option incurs the highest design and certification costs but usually allows for the best cost at volume as well as the smallest and most efficient design.


Starting Your IoT Sensor Design

Semtech’s LoRa ICs operate over various regional unlicensed radio frequency bands. Key considerations include frequency range, link budget, Rx current, and Tx power. Whether you’re migrating from prior generation products, or starting an entirely new design, Semtech’s LoRa IC portfolio is footprint compatible for global frequency coverage.

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As the intermediaries transmitting sensor data to the Cloud, gateways for networks based on LoRa are inherently more complex to design. Explore available Semtech products to design your own or visit our ecosystem catalog to find commercially available, off-the-shelf gateways to suit your needs.

Internet of Things Applications

Tools and Resources

Semtech offers a wealth of LoRa resources in the LoRa Developer Portal including:


NEW LoRa Solutions for Logistics: Connecting IoT Sensors & Devices to the Cloud
NEW Track & Trace Using AWS & LoRa Cloud Services
LoRa Everything
Building Tracker That Uses LoRaWAN With the LR1110 Device to Cloud Solution
IoT Applications for Environment
IoT Applications for Utilities
IoT Applications for Industrial
IoT Applications for Emergencies
IoT Applications for Homes
IoT Applications for Healthcare
IoT Applications for Cities
IoT Applications for Agriculture
IoT Applications for Logistics
Building Your Smart Home with YoLink
Delivering Next-generation Geolocation with the LoRa Basics Modem-E
LoRa Basics Modem-E
LoRaWAN Asset Tracking Solutions with AWS IoT
LoRaWAN Smart Building Solutions with AWS IoT
Using LoRaWAN to Automate Water Utility Data Collection and Deliver Contactless Smart City Solutions
Enabling COVID-19 Health & Safety Compliance with LoRa Devices
COVID-19 Wearable Solutions with Helium and CareBand
LoRa Edge™ Platform Solution for IoT
Preserving Art and Cultural Artifacts with Conserv
Semtech’s Staale Pettersen at The Things Conference 2020: 2.4 GHz LoRa of the Seas
Semtech’s Byron BeMiller at The Things Conference 2020: Smart Buildings
LoRa Asset Tracking Reference Kit
Connecting Assets to the Cloud with Ineo-Sense and Lauak
Smart Building Transformation with LoRaWAN: a Capgemini Use Case
How LoRaWAN Can Make Your Workspace More Sustainable & Efficient
Axino Disrupts Cold Chain Refrigeration to Ensure Food Quality
Birdz Increases Water Network Efficiency in France
Deploying Smart Water Meters: How to Transition from AMR to AMI with LoRa-based Solutions from Birdz
LoRa-based Wildlife Protections with Smart Parks
LoRa Use Case: Efficient Building Management with Capgemini
WEBINAR How LoRaWAN and the IoT Enable Smart Farm Management
LoRa Smart Building Reference Kit
LoRa: Perfect for Cloud Networks
LoRa: Built for Metering
Why Choose LoRa?
LoRa Technology is the DNA of IoT
Basic LoRaWAN Network Operation: How it All Works
Smart Home Use Cases for LoRa Technology
Explore the Smart City of Calgary
Smart Calgary Use Case: Acoustic Monitoring
Smart Calgary Use Case: Devonian Gardens
Smart Calgary Use Case: Shaganappi Golf Course
Ecosystem Explored Series
Semtech: LoRa Technology Enabling Proven, Flexible IoT Solutions
Alibaba Cloud Sky IoT: The Computing Conference 2018
LoRa-based Smart Water Metering with Apana
LoRaWAN Sensors (Part 1): Prototyping
LoRaWAN Sensors (Part 2): Join and Bi-Directional Network Demonstration
LoRaWAN Sensors (Part 3): Device Overview
LoRa Low Power Capability Demonstration
LoRa Technology: Low Power
LoRaWAN Network Protocol Overview
LoRa Modulation Technology and LoRaWAN Protocol
Deploying Large Scale, Long Range, Low Power Networks with LoRa & Google Cloud IoT (Cloud Next ‘18)
LoRa Alliance at MWC Barcelona 2018
Semtech LoRa Use Case: Vinduino Smart Irrigation Solutions
Semtech LoRa Use Case: Eddy Home Water Management
LoRa Technology - Native Geolocations for IoT - Mobile World Live
Nicolas Sornin Interview - Inventor of LoRa - The Things Network
The Things Conference 2018: The Future of LoRa and LoRaWAN by Nicolas Sornin
Semtech LoRa Use Case: Chipsafer Cattle Tracking
LoRa Ecosystem Overview
LoRa Wireless RF Technology Selected by Quantified Ag for Smart Agriculture Applications
Semtech’s LoRa Geolocation Solution for LPWAN
LoRa-based Solution Won First Prize in Mexico Hackathon

Learn More About LoRa

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Developer Portal

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LoRaWAN Academy

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LoRa Alliance

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LoRa Products Guide

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