Grounded in Semtech LoRa RF Platform, Senet Deploys First Low Power WAN for IoT Applications

By CIOReview | Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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CAMARILLO, CA: Semtech, supplier of analog, and mixed-signal semiconductors and Senet, provider of Network as a Service (NaaS) deploys Senet’s LoRaWAN network based on Semtech LoRa technology, for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. With network coverage of 15,000 square miles and more, the Senet has already finished deploying 50 towers.

Initially designed by Senet to serve its EnerTrac subsidiary customers but now the network has been opened up for other IoT application verticals such as agriculture, smart parking, building management, supply chain management, water metering, water leak detection, industrial asset tracking and healthcare. Offering a low cost connectivity in existing deployed areas, the platform can manage other areas through the same network that desire Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity.

 “We plan to rapidly scale our deployment in North America with more than 200 base stations in 2015 and aggressive goals for deployment in 2016,” stresses George Dannecker, CEO of Senet.

Short range technology has limited network capacity to connect high volume of nodes, making the return on investment unattractive for many applications and limiting deployments. When compared to the short range technology, LoRa RF does not require multiple repeaters and in-depth infrastructure to achieve wide coverage. It gives a long-range, low-power connectivity eliminating the limitations of short range technology by enabling simple IoT connectivity.

“Senet is a proven pioneer for LPWAN with more area deployed than any other provider in North America. We are very excited about the volume of devices that are connecting to the Senet network,” comments Marc Pegulu, General Manager of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Division.

Meanwhile, Senet and Semtech are active members of LoRa Alliance an open, non-profit association of members that believe the internet of things era is now. The main motive behind LoRa Alliance is to standardize LPWAN and create a large ecosystem to scale IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.