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Semtech's LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol provide an ideal platform to address the indoor connectivity challenges of traditional platforms, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, or Z-Wave. Additionally, many Internet of Things (IoT) applications extend to the periphery of the home or into the yard. LoRa-based solutions offer the capability to connect these devices to the same platform, where the range of legacy systems falls short. Generally, these are battery operated devices which are well beyond the range of legacy connectivity technologies without installing additional repeater or mesh points. These applications include those for garages, door locks, outdoor lighting, pet geo-fencing, smart metering, leak detection, connected pest traps, soil chemistry, swimming pools, and more.

White Papers

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Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN trials white paper by LoRa Alliance An overview of use cases across regions combining two powerful technologies
Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN® Trials
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LoRa devices in smart homes use cases e-book As many applications extend to the periphery of the home or into the yard, LoRa-based solutions offer the capability to connect these devices to the same platform as those indoors, where the range of legacy systems falls short.
LoRa Devices: Smart Home Business Case Overview
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LoRaWAN in the utility and housing industries in Germany Produced in collaboration with Minol ZENNER, this white paper explores the legally-compliant deployment of LoRaWAN in accordance with current German regulatory standards.
LoRaWAN in the Utility and Housing Industries in Germany
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Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN white paper from LoRa Alliance Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN are two of the most adopted unlicensed technologies and together they address a large proportion of IoT use cases. The Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN Deployment Synergies white paper intends to demonstrate how these two widely deployed IoT Connectivity technologies can be utilized in tandem to effectively support a vast array of use cases.
Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN®  Deployment Synergies
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LoRaWAN and NB-IoT LoRa Alliance white paper There are several options for LPWAN connectivity, but LoRaWAN and NB-IoT have shown the most momentum. and will garner the largest share of the market in the coming years. This white paper will examine the two technologies for their similarities and differences. Courtesy of the LoRa Alliance.
LoRaWAN and NB-IoT: Competitors or Complementary
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Infographics

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We believe every IoT device should have a low power geolocation ready feature –whether it's a mobile asset or a fixed asset. This is now possible, thanks to LoRa® devices, the LoRaWAN® standard and the LoRa Edge™ asset management platform.
The Future of Geolocation Has Arrived
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Internet of Things and LoRa infographic The Internet of Things and LoRa® are making a better, sustainable world to live, work and play. LoRa and the LoRaWAN® standard provide a “voice” to things – carrying an explosion of data and analytics to solve real world challenges.
LoRa Everything
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Internet of Things and LoRa everyone infographic Download the infographic to explore how products based on LoRa create a safer, more sustainable and comfortable planet for us all.
LoRa Everyone
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Semtech's LoRa Edge infographic 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 infographic Download the infographic to see how LoRa-based products are changing the world and enabling a better life.
LoRa Everywhere
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10 things about LoRaWAN and NB-IoT infographic 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 devices have enabled efficiencies in these real-world smart home deployments.

Gas Leak Prevention

eLichens’ avolta gas sensor featuring LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard detects natural gas (methane) leaks with ultra-selectiveness, allowing for instant alert of any devastating gas leak for response and potentially save lives.

LoRa smart communities
Smart Communities

Amazon Sidewalk is a crowd-sourced wireless network that can simplify device setup and extend the range for low bandwidth applications, leveraging LoRa to extend the range of a customer’s home network to connect both outdoor and indoor smart home products into the community. 

LoRa consumer device security
Consumer Device Security

Smart Mimic's MimicGO line of LoRa-based devices deploy indoor or outdoor to monitor condition changes in a range of applications, including door sensing, belonging movements and tampering, motion sensing in rooms, and open/closed status in drawers or safes, enabling safe and secure rooms and belongings.

LoRa smart homes get even safer and smarter
Safer and Smarter Homes

YoSmart's YoLink line of  IoT smart home products leverage LoRa devices’ advantages for simplified deployment to quickly connect a variety of home applications, including doors, security systems, electrical outlets, and water piping to accurately monitor data in real time and create safer, cost-efficient homes.

LoRa smart home and building energy conservation
Real Estate Energy Conservation & Damage Prevention

Talkpool’s portfolio of LoRa-based products enable enhanced data monitoring to reduce energy use and help prevent damage in real estate, maximizing real estate return on investment (ROI), as well as attracting and retaining tenants.

LoRa industrial water leak detection
Industrial Water Leak Detection

iioote's WebIoT platform and SenseIoT solutions for water leakage detecion and prevention in home and businesses leverages LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to detect mold and humidity in at-risk locations, predicting and preventing costly damage.

LoRa-based water leakage detection and damage prevention
Water Leakage Detection and Damage Prevention

iioote's LoRa-based humidity and temperature sensors prevent and combat water damage in smart homes and buildings.

LoRa-based Internet of Things smart home door lock
Smart Door Locks

MI Products’ electronic smart door locks utilize LoRa Technology to connect door locks to an IoT-connected smart home or building network.

LoRa-based Internet of Things smart home management
Smart Home Management

YoSmart’s LoRa-enabled smart home products include solutions for smart thermostats, sprinklers, door locks and outlets, allowing homeowners to conserve energy and improve home security.

In the News

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

Cutting Costs and Maximizing Efficiency with IoT

Today’s remote world has turned dreams of true smart home automation into a reality. With the onset of COVID-19, everyday homes and buildings took on new roles – from workplaces and schools to the doctor’s office and gym. As restrictions lift, some workers will return to their office buildings, while others will remain at home. The common denominator between both is the importance of connectivity and technology to support a number of applications. Read more

Embedded Executive: Remi Lorrain, LoRaWAN Network Director, Semtech

LoRaWAN wants to invade your home. Its backers think that it’s perfect for many smart home applications. However, don’t we already have one — or two or three —wireless networks that are “perfect” for the home, namely Bluetooth and WiFi? That’s how the conversation started with Remi Lorrain, Semtech’s LoRaWAN Network Director, in this week’s Embedded Executives podcast. Read more
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Making Connectivity Accessible for All with LoRa and LoRaWAN

Understand how LoRa and LoRaWAN connectivity can create a safer, more sustainable, and comfortable planet for organizations and end-users. Read more

Have an Echo device? Amazon may help itself to your Wi-Fi

On Tuesday, Amazon launched a program that forces users of many Echo smart speakers and Ring security cameras to automatically share a small portion of their home wireless bandwidth with neighbors. The only way to stop it is to turn it off yourself. Read more

Smart Homes Experience Rise in Long-Range, Low-Power Technology

From home automation to smart kitchen appliances, voice assistant-enabled lighting and everything in between, consumer electronics companies are leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect everyday devices to the cloud, creating new experiences for consumers. Read more

The Key to Smarter, More Connected Neighborhoods

Covid-19 has forced many people to embrace working from home, and that trend is likely here to stay. According to a recent survey from The National Association for Business Economics, only about 1 in 10 companies expect all employees to return to their pre-pandemic work arrangements (NBC News). With more employees working from home, there’s also been an increased demand for smart and user-friendly home technology. Emerging as an optimal technology of choice are low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), thanks to the flexibility and control they deliver as well as their ability to play nicely with other solutions, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Read more

Semtech Electronics Industry Predictions

As we look toward the year ahead, IoT shows promise in continuing to enable a more connected world – whether that be in our homes, offices, neighborhoods or cities. Read more
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Simplicity is the key to smart neighbourhoods

Alistair Fulton, vice-president and general manager of Semtech's Wireless and Sensing Products Group, discusses the need for simplicity when powering smart neighbourhoods from 2021 Read more
Automated Buildings

How will Amazon Sidewalk impact the smart home market?

Amazon Sidewalk is bringing long range, low power to Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for smart home devices. With support from long range, low-bandwidth connectivity, consumers have the capabilities to extend the range of their home networks to connect both outdoor and indoor products, including smart lights, security systems, pet trackers, sensors for asset tracking, and a multitude of additional low cost devices needed for smart homes and smart communities. Read more
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Amazon Strides Out to the Sidewalk

Extending its reach even further, Amazon’s Sidewalk is a "neighborhood" network that takes wireless connectivity to the streets, so to speak. Read more

Use Cases & Application Briefs

Learn more about specific applications of LoRa devices in smart homes.

LoRa smart homes & buildings With Semtech's LoRa devices, YoSmart delivers DIY Smart Home solutions featuring secure and fail-safe connectivity.
There’s No Place Like a LoRa Smart Home
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LoRa-enabled smart water management & protection With a LoRa-enabled smart water solution from Eddy Home, homes and buildings can monitor and manage their water usage and avoid moisture damage.
Water Management & Protection
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LoRa smart home security LoRa Technology-enabled security systems offer 24/7 protection for homes by integrating door and window alarm sensors with security cameras, intercoms and automatic door locks. Activation is by keychain sensors and smartphones.
Home Security
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LoRa-enabled smart home fire detection Annually, fires in the U.S. cause ~$10B in damage and injures thousands of people. LoRa Technology provides early detection by detecting heat, smoke, gas, or flames.
Fire Detection
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Internet of Things energy management YoSmart's smart home solutions with Semtech's LoRa Technology can be retrofitted to nearly any existing home with energy saving, smart building systems.
Energy Management & Sustainability
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Videos

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

LoRa Everything
IoT Applications for Homes
Building Your Smart Home with YoLink
Smart Home Use Cases for LoRa Technology
Semtech LoRa Use Case: Eddy Home Water Management

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