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Semtech Expands LoRa Edge Portfolio with New Solutions

By Ken Briodagh November 04, 2020

Semtech Corporation, a supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, recently announced two new enabling solutions for its LoRa Edge platform: LoRa Basics Modem-E, a software modem leveraging the LoRaWAN protocol for the LoRa Edge platform that runs inside the LoRa Edge transceiver, and the LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design, a device-to-Cloud commercial grade reference solution for asset tracking applications.

LoRa Basics Modem-E, which forms part of the LoRa Basics library of software tools and solution accelerators, is compliant with the LoRaWAN protocol and designed to run on the LoRa Edge hardware platform. The LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design incorporates LoRa Edge hardware with the LoRa Basics Modem-E software modem in a streamlined industrial sensor design integrated with LoRa Cloud services to provide a ready-to-deploy reference solution for asset tracking.

“LoRa Basics Modem-E significantly simplifies the development of long range, low power IoT solutions. Leveraging the strengths of the LoRaWAN protocol, LoRa Basics Modem-E runs inside the LoRa Edge transceiver and by abstracting complexity allows IoT solution developers to focus efforts on developing value added solutions for their customers with less focus on connectivity development,” said Sree Durbha, Director, LoRa Product Line Management in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “By providing a fully integrated device-to-Cloud reference solution, the LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design supports the rapid evaluation of LoRa Edge-based asset tracking applications. The reference design provides a full blueprint for commercial asset tracking products and services, reducing time to market in a variety of vertical markets, including transportation, logistics and supply chain, cities and building infrastructure, home and communities, healthcare, agriculture, food services, and a wealth of other use cases.”

LoRa Basics Modem-E embedded software, which will be tested and maintained by Semtech along with the latest versions of the LoRaWAN protocol, reportedly supports AES-128 bit encryption and enables the secure connection of sensors to any LoRaWAN compliant gateway. In addition LoRa Basics Modem-E is set up to fast track the LoRa Alliance certification process, and thereby time-to-market.

The LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design has been developed in collaboration with Actility and Tago.IO, and includes LoRa Cloud Geolocation capabilities and Tago.IO’s Cloud-based dashboards and analytics to support POC deployment. Actility will also provide a complete tracking kit including the LoRa Edge Tracker Reference Design and a pre-provisioned gateway operating on the LoRaWAN protocol to enable customers to quickly evaluate a complete end-to-end IoT tracking system.


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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