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, 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 including:

IoT-Optimized Ultra-low Power Asset Tracking
Meet LoRa Cloud Locator – A LoRa Edge Evaluation Tool for Asset Tracking
LoRa Everyone
Low Power Geolocation Asset Tracking with LoRa Edge
LoRaWAN and NB-IoT Beyond the Side-by-Side Technical Comparison
LoRa Edge LR1120 Overview
Introducing LoRa Cloud Locator
WITRAC Transforming Asset Tracking for Maritime Transport
Elvexys Improves Power Grid Monitoring
5G and LoRaWAN Co-Exist to Serve the Internet of Things
2.4GHz LoRa - A Breakthrough in Location and Data Services
10 Things About LoRaWAN & NB-IoT
Benefits of the LoRaWAN Ecosystem and LoRa Cloud
Simplify Smart Metering Solutions With LoRa Basics Modem
Solving Agribusiness Challenges With LoRaWAN
スマートロジスティクスのための メンテナンス不要のLoRa® ジオロケーション設計の実現
The Transformation of Smart Buildings With LoRaWAN
LoRa Solutions for Logistics: Connecting IoT Sensors & Devices to the Cloud
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
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
Connecting Assets to the Cloud with Ineo-Sense and Lauak
Smart Building Transformation with LoRaWAN: a Capgemini Use Case
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
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)
Semtech LoRa Use Case: Eddy Home Water Management
LoRa Technology - Native Geolocations for IoT - Mobile World Live
Semtech LoRa Use Case: Chipsafer Cattle Tracking
LoRa Wireless RF Technology Selected by Quantified Ag for Smart Agriculture Applications