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: