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MultiTech Enables Award-Winning LoRaWAN Innovations at LoRa Alliance IoT Challenge

By Ken Briodagh March 09, 2017

Multi-Tech Systems, a global manufacturer of M2M and IoT devices, has announced that its MultiConnect Conduit IoT Starter Kit for LoRa Technology was used in the development of all three application finalists for the recent 2017 LoRa Alliance IoT Challenge.

This year’s global IoT challenge focused on creating a safer and smarter sustainable world with four solution submission categories: food, water, health and safety. Entrants submitted a description of a LoRaWAN solution from one of the four focus categories and included the benefits, how it will be deployed or utilized, and a prototype of the sensor or sensing solution. Finalists received transportation and lodging to Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona where the winner of the challenge was named.

Winner:

OMEDS, William Powers of Pix Controller

The OMEDS solution detects Methane gas build up before a serious health and safety issue occurs. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Methane is responsible for 25 percent of global warming and traps 80 times more heat than Carbon Dioxide.

Finalists:

IoTree, Tal Yechye and Zvika Grinberg of Agrint

IoTree leverages LoRaWAN to monitor the health of palm trees. According to Mother Nature Network, more than 2500 species of palm trees around the world provide critical staples including palm oil and coconut as well as dates, betel nuts and acai fruit.

MedFridge, Piers Lawrence of KU Leuven

Cold chain is of critical importance to the medical community for the transport of temperature sensitive medications, blood and other biomedical supplies. MedFridge's solution ensures temperatures are maintained during the transit of medicine to developing countries to preserve and ensure the medicine is safe to administer to those in need.

“We identified the potential of LoRa technology to transform not only our industry, but indeed, the world early on,” said Daniel Quant, VP, Product Management and Strategic Marketing, MultiTech. “These are exactly the type of applications for which we developed our LoRa product line and the starter kit. We couldn’t be more delighted to see these outstanding innovators putting this technology to work to change our world for the better.” 




Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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