Asset tracking reference kit simplifies LoRa-based solutions

January 30, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Asset tracking reference kit simplifies LoRa-based solutions
Chipmaker Semtech (Camarillo, CA) has announced the release of a reference kit to accelerate the adoption of asset tracking solutions based on long-range (LoRa) devices and the LoRaWAN low-power, wide-area protocol.

The Asset Tracking Reference Kit, says the company, enables quicker set-up times for the more effective evaluation and time to market of a broader set of potential asset tracking solutions.

"For companies that need indoor presence detection and outdoor geolocation, the Semtech Asset Tracking Reference Kit illustrates how easily LoRaWAN private network coverage can be achieved in combination with geolocation," says Pierre Gelpí, Director of Vertical Marketing for Logistics Asset Tracking in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. "System integrators will be able to start customer projects expeditiously and enterprise users will be able to evaluate the value of LoRaWAN-based solutions for their business processes without needing to have extensive knowledge of IoT technologies."

The kit allows users to locate outdoor assets around a specific location, including performing a regular automated inventory of assets that are available on site. With the data generated by the trackers, users can evaluate the possible benefits of tracking their assets with an out-of-the box kit. The reference kit, says the company, will demonstrate the key benefits and capabilities of a LoRaWAN-based tracking solution by applying the trackers to specific assets and having the ability to access the data by a web-based dashboard.

The kit consists of LoRa-based sensors and gateways that are available on the market. Once the user has seen the value of implementing a LoRa-based solution for asset tracking, they are able to deploy a commercial solution with any of the manufacturers in the LoRa ecosystem, providing sensors, gateways, network software, and connectivity.

The Semtech Asset Tracking Reference Kit includes six industrial LoRaWAN-based GPS trackers and one outdoor LoRaWAN-based gateway, including a preconfigured SIM card for cellular backhaul. The data from the GPS trackers is collected via the LoRaWAN network without the need of a license or subscription fee.

The user can configure some parameters of the trackers and access the data through a secure portal. Depending on the gateway placement, the


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