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Smart Cities

Everyday municipal operations are made more efficient with LoRa Technology’s long range, low power, secure, and GPS-free geolocation features. By connecting city services such as lighting, parking, waste removal, and more, cities can optimize the use of utilities and personnel to save time and money. 

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Municipalities are embracing smart city technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to provide better services for citizens. The City of Calgary has evolved into one of the most innovative cities in Canada. Municipalities are embracing smart city technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to provide better services for citizens. The City of Calgary has evolved into one of the most innovative cities in Canada.
LoRa Technology: How Calgary Built and Utilizes One of the First City-owned LoRaWAN-based Networks
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LoRa white paper Smart Cities Book Smart city technology is changing the way cities, governments and citizens interact, and LoRa Technology is enabling these solutions.
LoRa Technology Real World Solutions: Smart Cities
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machineQ™ and Semtech conducted a study and found that a full-scale LoRa deployment in a dense urban environment outperformed its expectations, and could handle more than its expected number of packets/day. MachineQ™ and Semtech conducted a study and found that a full-scale LoRa deployment in a dense urban environment outperformed its expectations, and could handle more than its expected number of packets/day.
LoRaWAN Capacity Trial in Dense Urban Environment
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As cities move toward increased efficiency, Smart City technologies, like LoRa IoT solutions, can provide new solutions for improved city services. Low cost IoT networks are the cornerstone of a Smart City program. As cities move toward increased efficiency, Smart City technologies, like LoRa IoT solutions, can provide new solutions for improved city services. Low cost IoT networks are the cornerstone of a Smart City program.
Smart Cities Transformed
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Infographics

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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 operational efficiencies in these real-world smart city applications.

Abnormal Energy Use Detection

NetOP's smart energy consumption monitoring solution based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol, named the “Octopus,” leverages LoRa devices’ advantages for real-time data monitoring to detect abnormal spikes in energy consumption in city substations.

Complementing Citywide Wi-Fi

The Metropolitan Government of Seoul, South Korea plans to deploy up to 1,000 LoRaWAN-based gateways to complement the municipal Wi-Fi and provide the foundation for Seoul’s innovative, next-generation smart city applications.

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Smart Metering & Lighting Solutions

OrionM2M's smart meters and luminaire controllers utilize embedded LoRa Technology to connect to the Cloud via public LoRaWAN-based networks and OrionGateways.

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Smart Flood Sensors

Green Stream's LoRa-based autonomous flood sensor system helps to build safer, more resilient communities.

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Smart Bus Schedule Signs

X-TELIA's and the City of Montreal installed LoRa-based displays to show bus schedules in real-time, offering convenience to commuters. 

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Smart Street Lighting

Ahoy Systems’ smart street-lighting products reduce electricity costs without compromising infrastructure quality and community services.

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Latin America Network Coverage

Argentina-based YEAP! has made public LoRaWAN networks widely available throughout the greater Latin America region, enabling LoRa-based IoT solutions in the region.

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Street Light Gateway

Ubicquia’s LoRa-based gateway module consolidates functionality to offer a cost-effective and efficient smart street lighting platform.  

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Smart City Network

Thailand’s Kiwi Technology collaborated with Precise Digital Economy to develop a smart city network of LoRa-based sensors to better regulate public utilities.

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Smart Waste Management

eleven-x and University of British Columbia utilize LoRa-based sensors to remotely monitor waste bin capacities, optimizing maintenance response.

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U.S. Cities

machineQ has strategically deployed LoRaWAN coverage in dozens of top U.S. metropolitan areas and major Comcast markets, so businesses can connect solutions quickly, with reduced cost.

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Residential Community Networks

Dr. Peng Group’s Residential LPWAN networks based on LoRa Technology facilitate the deployment of smart city services such as intelligent street lighting, soil, air and water quality monitoring, intelligent parking, intelligent trash collection, and other green belt management services.

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Connecting the Cook Islands

KotahiNet’s public LoRaWAN-based network provides the Cook Islands with a smart sensing infrastructure, allowing businesses and government organizations to collect and analyze environmental data, and make intelligent decisions about their business operations and scarce island resources.

In the News

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

IMC IoT M2M Council

Blog: Building Tomorrow’s City Today with LoRa® Devices and the LoRaWAN® Protocol

The world's population is increasingly moving to cities, which has kicked off a quest to use smart city technologies to build sustainable infrastructure and provide greater efficiency. Smart city technologies are one way that governments and municipalities provide the sustainable services required to meet urban influx effectively. Read more
Enterprise IoT Insights

Seoul plans to deploy city-wide LoRaWAN IoT network

Semtech partnering with local government on LoRaWAN Read more
IoT Innovator

Semtech Uses LoRaWAN Network Deployment To Complement Seoul’s Citywide Wi-Fi, Support Plans To Grow Its Smart City IoT Environment

Semtech announced this week that the Metropolitan Government of Seoul, South Korea plans to deploy a new enterprise-grade citywide network for Internet of Things (IoT) applications based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol. The network is part of a larger plan by the city government to increase its connectivity offerings and create one of the initial “hyper-connected cities” by 2022. Read more
IoT Innovator

Semtech Supports LoRaWAN Network Deployment with LoRaWAN-based Gateways to Complement Seoul’s Citywide Wi-Fi

Semtech Corp., supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced Wednesday that the Metropolitan Government of Seoul, South Korea plans to deploy a new enterprise-grade citywide network for Internet of Things (IoT) applications based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol. Read more
IoT Business News

Semtech Supports LoRaWAN® Network Deployment to Complement Seoul’s Citywide Wi-Fi

City government plans to deploy up to 1,000 LoRaWAN-based gateways by 2022 and grow its smart city Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. Read more
IoT

Street Light Solutions to Save Cities on Utility Costs

Smart technology provides remote lighting control that can more accurately adjust, modify and monitor the amount of time the lights are turned on and to what extent. Read more
EE Times

India’s LPWAN Networks Expand to Meet Smart Cities IoT Demand

India is on its way to implementing its government’s mission of enabling 100 smart cities in the country and is reported to be considering the second phase of its program, Smart City Mission 2.0, to enable 4,000 smart villages, towns and cities. 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

The University of British Columbia Improves Campus Parking and Waste Management With LoRa® Technology

To meet the needs of more than 60,000 students, the University of British Columbia (UBC) used a Canadian LoRaWAN® network provider to roll out its new smart campus solutions to help with waste management and the ever-annoying parking problem. Read more
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Creating a smarter community

Whether it is a large city or a small town or village the idea of the smart city or community is gaining traction Read more

Application Briefs & Use Cases

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

Shaganappi Point Golf Course in the City of Calgary utilizes LoRa Technology to track pace of play and improve operational efficiencies. Shaganappi Point Golf Course in the City of Calgary utilizes LoRa-based devices to track pace of play and improve operational efficiencies.
Smart Golf Course
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The Urban Alliance, a partnership between the City of Calgary and the University of Calgary, utilizes LoRa Technology to monitor and characterize sound. The Urban Alliance, a partnership between the City of Calgary and the University of Calgary, utilizes LoRa Technology to monitor and characterize sound.
Real-Time Acoustic Monitoring
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LoRaWAN-based smart island network from IOTLABS enables sustainable solutions, and has dropped the island’s water usage rates 25%. LoRaWAN-based smart island network from IOTLABS enables sustainable solutions, and has dropped the island’s water usage rates 25%.
Smart Island Management
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Green Stream Technologies' LoRa-based end-to-end flood monitoring solution is designed using commercial, off-the-shelf ultrasonic sensors. Green Stream Technologies' LoRa-based end-to-end flood monitoring solution is designed using commercial, off-the-shelf ultrasonic sensors.
Smart Flood Monitoring
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Waste collection is usually performed on a schedule regardless of whether they are full or not. Cities using LoRa Technology reduce operational costs, streamline collection routes and optimize the location of bins. Waste collection is usually performed on a schedule regardless of whether they are full or not. Cities using LoRa Technology reduce operational costs, streamline collection routes and optimize the location of bins.
Waste Management
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LoRa Technology and CivicSmart offer the most advanced and affordable solutions for smart parking. LoRa Technology and CivicSmart offer the most advanced and affordable solutions for smart parking.
Smart Parking
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PNI Sensor Corporation's solution with Semtech's LoRa Technology enables the optimal management of parking resources over public or private networks. PNI Sensor Corporation's solution with Semtech's LoRa Technology enables the optimal management of parking resources over public or private networks.
Parking Management
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Smart lighting adds intelligence and control to street lights to help reduce the largest energy expense of a typical city without sacrificing public safety. LoRa Technology makes it possible. Smart lighting adds intelligence and control to street lights to help reduce the largest energy expense of a typical city without sacrificing public safety. LoRa Technology makes it possible.
Smart Lighting
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Videos

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Boston Networks IoT Scotland
Explore the Smart City of Calgary
Smart Calgary: Building a Smart City
Smart Calgary: City Engineers Adopt LoRa Technology
Smart Calgary: The Urban Alliance and University of Calgary
Smart Calgary: The Urban Alliance and University of Calgary Students
Smart Calgary Use Case: Acoustic Monitoring
Smart Calgary Use Case: Shaganappi Golf Course
Semtech’s LoRa Wireless RF Technology Planned for Gothenburg, Sweden
SK Telecom Covers 99% of South Korea Using Semtech’s LoRaWAN Technology
LoRaWAN-based Network Opens New Opportunities for Glasgow
LoRa Technology Selected for New IoT Network in New Zealand
Asia Pacific Telecom Uses LoRa Technology for IoT Network in Taiwan
Semtech News Brief: LoRa-enabled IoT Network Deployed in Russia

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Other Semtech Solutions for Smart Cities

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 cities.