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Semtech and KernelSphere Collaborate to Enhance Utility Performance in India

KernelSphere Technologies deploys its new LoRa-based IoT transformer monitoring solution in Jamshedpur to ensure energy flow and prevent power outages

CAMARILLO, Calif., Mar. 29, 2018Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that KernelSphere Technologies, an India-based IT manufacturer and services company, has integrated Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) in KemelSphere’s smart grid transformer monitoring solution.

KernelSphere Technologies entered a joint venture with Jamshedpur Utility Services Company (JUSCO) to establish one of India’s first fully smart city. JUSCO is currently using more than 100,000 LoRa-based sensors and gateways connected to a LoRaWAN™ network to digitize its infrastructure solutions including street light, parking, electricity meters, water meters, and waste bin management. JUSCO is India's only comprehensive urban infrastructure service provider. Created from Tata Steel, specifically from its Town Services Division in 2004, JUSCO’s mandate is to convert an obligatory service into a customer-focused sustainable corporate entity.

“Reliable energy flow is paramount to power systems. Transformers are the electrical equipment which distributes power to low-voltage users directly, which are critical as they optimize the grid and can be some of the most expensive assets to repair and replace,” said Vinod Kumar, CEO of KernelSphere. “Monitoring conditions online and in real-time prevents outages that result in loss of service and devices.”

“It is indeed a proud moment for JUSCO to become the first utility company in the world to install LoRaWAN compatible transformer monitoring devices. I believe this is a step ahead of the transformational phase for city management in India, paving the way towards operational efficiency and data analytics for smart decision making,” said Ashish Mathur, Managing Director at JUSCO.

“Semtech’s LoRa Technology is a well-established IoT platform in the smart utility industry, and LoRaWAN continues to expand in this market with more new use cases developing daily,” said Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT for the Wireless and Sensing Products Group at Semtech. “With KernelSphere’s LoRa-based IoT transformer monitoring solution, JUSCO benefits from having 24/7 visibility of its low voltage network.”

KernelSphere’s Transformer Monitoring System communicates smart grid operational data such as power, current, voltage, load balance, oil level, and temperature of transformer mechanisms. The solution also provides preventative maintenance capabilities and actionable analytics for remedial actions. For instance, SMS alerts are sent, and fans are turned on automatically when equipment temperatures exceed preset limits. Comprehensive historical reports provide trend data to facilitate decisions about network planning to address critical points that need to be extended or upgraded.

About Semtech’s LoRa® Devices and Wireless RF Technology

Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN™ specification have been deployed in over 100 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance™, the fastest growing IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site and join the LoRa Community to access free training as well as an online industry catalog showcasing the products you need for building your ideal IoT application.

About KernelSphere

KernelSphere Technology offers innovative IT solutions and services with a focus on exceptional customer service and training. The company is an end-to-end systems integrator providing the most advanced software, hardware and connectivity solutions. Professional consultants and engineers design customized IT solutions to meet project requirements. KernelSphere is located in India and runs IoT Labs at various universities in the country. For more information, visit www.kernelsphere.com.

About JUSCO

In a first of a kind initiative in India, the Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company Limited (JUSCO) was carved out of Tata Steel from its Town Services Division in 2004. In JUSCO, the steel major reposed ten decades of experience and expertise. The mandate for JUSCO was to convert an obligatory service into a customer focused sustainable corporate entity. JUSCO is today India's only comprehensive urban infrastructure service provider. For more information, visit http://www.juscoltd.com/.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com.  

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