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Smart Agriculture

From measuring environmental conditions that influence crop production to tracking livestock health indicators, Internet of Things (IoT) technology for agriculture enables efficiencies which reduce environmental impact, maximize yield and minimize expenses. Smart agriculture use cases based on Semtech's LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol have demonstrated significant improvements, such as a 50% water reduction for commercial farms. LoRa Technology’s long-range, low-power wireless qualities enable the use of low cost sensors to send data from the farm to the Cloud where it can be analyzed to improve operations.

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By leveraging LoRa Technology and LoRaWAN, farmers can deploy a low-cost IoT solution to maximize crop growth, efficiency and profits. By leveraging LoRa Technology and LoRaWAN, farmers can deploy a low-cost IoT solution to maximize crop growth, efficiency and profits.
Revolutionizing Smart Agriculture
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LoRa Edge™ is a new, highly versatile and low power software defined LoRa-based platform that will enable a wide portfolio of applications for indoor and outdoor asset management, targeting industrial, building, home, agriculture, transportation, and logistics markets.
LoRa Edge™ Applications
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LoRa Everywhere
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LoRaWAN™ & NB-IoT
Complementary Solutions Based on Your Needs
Compare LoRaWAN and NB-IoT side by side Which wireless network solution is right for your application? Compare the qualities of low power wide area network (LPWAN) solutions side by side in this helpful infographic.
10 Things About LoRaWAN & NB-IoT
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Real-World Deployments

See how LoRa Technology has enabled business efficiencies in these real-world smart agriculture deployments.

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Healthy and Productive Ranches

itk's LoRa-enabled sensors detect cattle estrus, drive improved nutrition and predict the onset of disease to help ranchers better monitor their herd.

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Soil Irrigation Monitoring

Oizom's LoRa-based Agribot sensor leverages Tata Communications' LoRaWAN-based network to monitor soil conditions including humidity and pH to make smarter irrigation decisions, improving crop yield and reducing water and electricity consumption by up to 26 percent.

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Smart Farming Networks

Australian carrier National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) and agriculture company Goanna Ag have deployed a LoRaWAN-based network to enable LoRa-based IoT solutions for smart agriculture applications. 

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Smart Cattle Ranching

lar.tech's LoRa-enabled GPS tracker and biometric sensor monitor a cow's vitals and location and notify ranchers immediately in the event of an abnormality.

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Ingestible Cattle Health Tracker

SK Telecom's LoRa-equipped bio-capsule is implanted into a cow’s gastrointestinal tract to monitor for a variety of health indicators.

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Soil Moisture Monitoring

Sensoterra’s LoRa-based solutions allow farmers to manage their irrigation systems more efficiently.

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Cattle Health Monitoring

Quantified Ag's smart ear tags monitor cattle location and health in real-time, increasing productivity and efficiency.  

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Smart Soil Sensors

Teralytic’s LoRa-based wireless sensors detect nitrogen, phosphate and potassium (NPK) levels in soil to help farmers reduce waste and improve crop yields.

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Autonomous Irrigation

WaterBit’s LoRa-enabled autonomous irrigation system helps growers maximize yield across soil types, while optimizing the use of labor and other input resources. 

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Rural IoT Network for High-Tech Ag

National Narrowband Network Communications LoRaWAN network covers one million acres of farmland across rural New South Wales, giving farmers real-time data on soil moisture, rainfall, crops, water levels, and livestock through a network of low-cost wireless sensors.

In the News

Articles and press coverage of LoRa-based smart agriculture solutions are featured below. 

IMC IoT M2M Council

Blog: Growing a Smarter Planet: LoRa® Devices Lead the Way for Smart Agriculture

Internet of Things (IoT) is paving the way for farmers to enter into smart agriculture, with over 75 million agricultural IoT devices predicted to be distributed by 2020 for monitoring anything from soil moisture, crop health or livestock, according to Business Insider Intelligence. With this increased demand for IoT devices, by 2050 the average farm will produce 4.1 million data points and by 2024 there will be two million connected farms and 30 million connected cows. Read more
Enterprise IoT Insights

Government funds LoRaWAN network for farmers in Australian state of Victoria

The state government in Victoria, in south-eastern Australia, has agreed to fund rollout of LoRaWAN-based IoT networks for 600 farms and 5,000 square kilometres of farmland in the state. Read more
IoT Agenda

The emergence of autonomous irrigation technology streamlines farming operations

The agriculture industry is facing challenges as the global population continues to grow and the amount of arable land decreases. As a result, farmers are using technology to streamline operational processes, influence the way food is being produced and to leave a longstanding positive impact on the environment. Read more
Circuit Cellar

Cattle Health Monitoring System Taps Semtech’s LoRa Technology

Semtech has announced that ITK, a French supplier of IoT-based smart agriculture applications, has developed a new cattle health monitoring solution based on Semtech’s LoRa devices. The FarmLife smart agriculture service and its LoRa-enabled sensors detect cattle estrus, drive improved nutrition and predict the onset of disease to help ranchers better monitor their herd. Read more
Network World

IoT roundup: Connected cows, food safety sensors and tracking rent-a-bikes

Farmers use LoRaWAN wireless with internet of things devices that monitor the health and location of beef cattle; restaurant chains use it to network IoT sensors that signal temperature shifts in commercial refrigerators. Read more

IoT for agriculture use cases: Oizom monitors soil irrigation for healthier crops

Ahmedabad-based Oizom – a provider of environmental IoT solutions – is leveraging Semtech Corporation’s LoRa devices and Tata Communications’ LoRaWAN-based networking infrastructure for its new Agribot smart agriculture solution, which is designed to offer farmers real-time insight into the health of their crops by monitoring soil conditions, including humidity and pH levels. Read more

Semtech’s LoRaWAN IoT Solution Helps Farmers Save Water

Smart farming is an important area of digital transformation as farming resources such as fertilizer and water are expensive. Without technology, farms had no idea how well they were performing relative to other local farms. Read more

Semtech utilises IoT-equipped LoRa devices in agriculture and smart ranching

Semtech has announced that Australian carrier National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) is deploying a publicly available network based on the LoRaWAN protocol that will leverage Semtech’s LoRa devices and technology to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Read more
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LoRa Technology Comes to Aid of Australian Cotton Farmers

In an innovative application of LoRa technology, semiconductor supplier Semtech Corporation is leveraging its LoRa@ devices and wireless radio frequency technology to help Australian carrier National Narrowband Network Co. (NNNCo) develop innovative irrigation management solutions for Australian cotton growers. The network is being rolled out with Goanna Ag, an Australian agriculture company. Read more
RFID Journal

LoRa Solution Offers Wireless View Into Soil Health

A handful of growers and other food companies are piloting a wireless sensor system from Teralytic that uses Semtech LoRaWAN chips built into sensor probes to capture and interpret data about a farm's soil conditions, including temperature, moisture and fertilizer levels. Read more

Application Briefs & Use Cases

Learn more about specific applications of LoRa Technology in smart agriculture.

The Smart City of Calgary's Devonian Gardens leverages LoRa Technology to maintain acres of plants in an indoor botanical garden. The Smart City of Calgary's Devonian Gardens leverages LoRa Technology to maintain acres of plants in an indoor botanical garden.
Indoor Botanical Garden
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Sensoterra's LoRa-based soil moisture monitoring solution offers farmers scale and operational visibility into soil irrigation. Sensoterra's LoRa-based soil moisture monitoring solution offers farmers scale and operational visibility into soil irrigation.
Soil Moisture
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Vinduino's smart irrigation solution with Semtech’s LoRa Technology enables vineyards to monitor and manage soil moisture. Vinduino's smart irrigation solution with Semtech’s LoRa Technology enables vineyards to monitor and manage soil moisture.
Smart Irrigation
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Implementing a LoRa-based precision farming solution comprised of sensors and gateways can help farmers improve crop yields, animal health and farm operations. Implementing a LoRa-based precision farming solution comprised of sensors and gateways can help farmers improve crop yields, animal health and farm operations.
Precision Farming
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Chipsafer's smart solution with LoRa Technology allows ranchers to track and detect anomalies in cattle behavior at any time. Chipsafer's smart solution with LoRa Technology allows ranchers to track and detect anomalies in cattle behavior at any time.
Cattle Tracking
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Demand for fresh, high quality food means agriculture products (crops, livestock, etc.) must move from farm to table very quickly and in a way that ensures food safety. LoRa Technology makes it possible. Demand for fresh, high quality food means agriculture products (crops, livestock, etc.) must move from farm to table very quickly and in a way that ensures food safety. LoRa Technology makes it possible.
Agriculture Processing
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Videos

Videos featuring LoRa-based smart agriculture solutions are presented below. Watch all LoRa videos here >>

WEBINAR How LoRaWAN and the IoT Enable Smart Farm Management
Smart Calgary Use Case: Devonian Gardens
Semtech LoRa Use Case: Vinduino Smart Irrigation Solutions
Semtech LoRa Use Case: Chipsafer Cattle Tracking
LoRa Wireless RF Technology Selected by Quantified Ag for Smart Agriculture Applications

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Other Semtech Solutions for Smart Agriculture

In addition to the low power wide area network solutions enabled by LoRa Technology, Semtech offers a wide portfolio of IC chipsets for electronics in smart agriculture.