Ireland's second busiest port to use LoRa geolocation

5th December 2016
Posted By : Daisy Stapley-Bunten
Ireland's second busiest port to use LoRa geolocation

A supplier of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors, Semtech, has announced that its LoRa wireless RF technology, featuring native GPS-free geolocation capabilities, has been integrated into Ireland’s Port of Cork LoRaWAN-based Internet of Things (IoT) network solution to track shipping containers.

Designed by Net Feasa, a service provider for next gen IoT networks, the Port of Cork IoT network solution enables LoRa-equipped sensors with Semtech’s geolocation, placed in shipping containers, to detect the opening and closing of the containers’ doors, monitor the temperature of heat-sensitive cargo, and provide end-to-end tracking of each container. The information captured from these end points is passed to LoRa-based gateways which transmit the data to a network and application server for processing, and providing real-time information and automated alerts on cargo status to both merchants and port personnel via computer or mobile device. The sensors do not require GPS and use batteries that can last for up to 20 years, making it a cost-effective tracking solution for customers that use the Port of Cork.

Net Feasa worked with Pervasive Nation (CONNECT), an Irish nationwide research and innovation IoT testbed, and OrbiWise, a leading provider of infrastructure solutions for IoT networks, to provide this smart solution.

“Net Feasa has developed an excellent solution for tracking large volumes of shipping assets around the globe at a minimal cost,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless and Sensing Products Group at Semtech. “LoRa-equipped sensors use very low power which means the batteries can last several years while providing ongoing tracking of important cargo location information to freight companies. In addition, one LoRa-based gateway has the capacity to handle millions of messages, allowing the tracking solution to scale quickly regardless of increases in port shipping volumes.”

Key features of LoRa wireless RF technology:

  • Long range: A single base station using LoRa Technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas.
  • Low power: The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 20 years depending on the application.
  • Geolocation: Enables tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption
  • Low cost: LoRa Technology reduces up front infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.
  • Open standard: The LoRaWAN protocol ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.

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