Semtech Announces Technology Sponsorship of Startup Weekend Ventura County
Participants to build compelling Internet of Things solutions for healthcare and agriculture applications in hackathon-style event using Semtech LoRa® RF technology
Camarillo, California - January 26, 2016 -
Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced its participation as the technology sponsor of Startup Weekend Ventura County at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, Calif. on March 11-13.
Organized by Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals and Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Startup Weekend Ventura County invites programmers, system architects, application designers and entrepreneurs to address healthcare and agriculture needs by creating working Internet of Things (IoT) or connected solutions in less than 54 hours.
Participants will use a LoRa®-enabled low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) to collect valuable data and to design an innovative IoT solution for a healthcare or agriculture need of their choice. Semtech’s LoRa wireless RF technology is a widely used solution for LPWANs that allows long-range connectivity, extended battery life and standardized protocol for streamlined network/application integration. Leading telecom operators have launched public, LoRa-based networks in various countries throughout the world, including France (Orange and Bouygues Telecom), Switzerland (Swisscom), Luxembourg and Belgium (Proximus), Russia (The Lace Company), South Africa (FastNet), The Netherlands (KPN), South Korea (SK Telecom), and more. Senet, a leading network as a service (NaaS) provider in North America, has launched an LPWAN in Ventura County for participants to connect to with their IoT devices.
“Semtech’s LoRa RF technology is ideal for long range, low-power connectivity to remote devices,” said Mohan Maheswaran, Semtech’s President and CEO. “We are excited to participate in this entrepreneurial event and delighted to introduce our IoT-enabling technology to the brightest developers and entrepreneurs in Southern California.”
“Internet of Things holds the promise of being the biggest market we have ever seen,” said Gary Cushing, CEO of Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. “We are glad that Camarillo is home to Semtech, the owner of LoRa technology. Participants will use a LoRa-enabled low-power wide-area network to collect valuable data and to design innovative analytics for a healthcare or agriculture need of their choice.”
Startup Weekend Ventura County is endorsed by the Ventura County Medical Association, Monsanto, the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner and State Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin. Local business leaders will speak at the event, serve as mentors throughout the weekend and judge the final projects.
Semtech’s LoRa team has participated in several other IoT workshops and hackathons worldwide to introduce and disseminate its LoRaWAN™ solution. Beyond healthcare and agriculture, LoRa technology is being used worldwide in key applications such as detecting gas leaks in Korea, monitoring volcano and earthquakes in Japan, and a variety of Smart city applications that help cities control streetlights, traffic signals, and natural resources such as water, gas and electricity. For more information about LoRa wireless RF technology and the LoRaWAN protocol, visit www.semtech.com/wireless-rf/lora.html.
About Startup Weekend
Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, 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.