Since its appearance, LoRa technology has attracted much attention from the industry because of its low power consumption, long transmission distance, and flexible networking, which meets the needs of the IoT fragmentation, low cost, and large connections. After several years of fermentation, the LoRa industry chain has begun to take shape. However, if a technology is to continue to develop in the long term, it must advance with the times and evolve and iterate the technology according to the actual industrial environment and application requirements. 

LoRa technology also faces this problem. On the one hand, for the entire Internet of Things communication technology, low power, low The concept of cost has become an industry consensus. The family of low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) technologies continues to grow, and even if LoRa belongs to the best of them, it will face certain pressures. On the other hand, all IoT technologies are for applications Services, especially in IoT applications, will have longer links and more participants. Therefore, IoT technology needs to sink and be more friendly with applications. This is the trend of the entire IoT industry. .

       Therefore, even though LoRa technology has not been born for a few years, in a rapidly changing market environment, timely changes and innovations are needed to make the entire LoRa industry develop healthier. In fact, LoRa technology has also been working in this direction. Semtech has recently launched a roadmap specifically designed for solution providers and system integrators, and also released the LoRa Cloud geolocation service at the same time. Among the many such services expected to be launched this year, the kansas can see many clues about the development of the Internet of Things, especially LPWAN. 

The author learned that recently, Semtech has launched a new powerful platform based on LoRa solutions, which includes developer building blocks, cloud services and manageable hardware. And provide a complete set of development accelerators to implement LoRa-based Internet of Things Process development and simplification of application development , deployment and management. Focusing on the rapid development and deployment of IoT applications, this LoRa-based platform implements three innovations in addition to supporting the LoRa Alliance ’s open LoRaWAN standard, which can quickly implement the basic code building blocks LoRa Basics required by customers, which can make A cloud-based, modular LoRa Cloud service for networking project startup services, and a new, flexible, modem-based hardware platform.

       In addition, Semtech also announced the launch of LoRa Cloud geolocation service, a new, cloud-based, geolocation service compatible with LoRaWAN protocol and most web servers. This service enables developers to quickly build IoT solutions using multi-mode positioning capabilities, including Wi-Fi, GNSS, and LoRaWAN-based geolocation, without having to take on the development complexity involved in building solutions from scratch, reducing The development cost of the solution provider and system integrator, and optimize the performance of the solution. 


The logic behind Semtech's latest release

What is the significance of the latest technical update released by Semtech, the author mainly analyzes from the following 3 aspects 

1. Simplify the development difficulty of LoRa

       Semtech's update is a technological evolution aimed at a pain point in the current IoT application market. Generally speaking, the chip provides basic capabilities. The transformation from a chip to a finished product requires module manufacturers, solution providers, and even terminal manufacturers to carry out secondary and tertiary development before it can become a form that meets specific business needs. The LoRa Cloud capability introduced this time undoubtedly simplifies the subsequent development of LoRa chips. 

2. Facilitate system integrators to expand their business

At present, the most important application of the Internet of Things is project-based enterprise-level applications, which are characterized by large investment, long cycles, one-to-one customized supply and demand docking, etc. This requires Technical Providers provide complete solutions. In actual operation, system integrators often play a direct role With regard to the role of users, how to help system integrators expand their business is also an important issue in the current Internet of Things industry. LoRa Cloud can not only reduce the difficulty of development, but its strong compatibility can allow system integrators to integrate more capabilities, reduce solution costs, and shorten development cycles.

       Taking this release of positioning services as an example, LoRa positioning can be integrated into any LoRaWAN-based network server. The Netherlands' IoT service provider The Things Industries has taken the lead in integrating Semtech's geolocation trial service and commercializing the service at Semtech. Later, the service was included in its product as an out-of-the-box add-on option. In addition, Semtech also plans to integrate the current mainstream positioning technologies (GNSS, WiFi, Bluetooth) and other capabilities into LoRa modules or chips. System integrators or solution providers can choose which positioning functions are directly implanted according to the specific needs of the project. Greatly simplified product development. 

3. Multi-dimensional combination perfects the LoRa industry ecology

       Finally, Semtech's recent release is no longer just hardware-only behaviors such as chip sensitivity improvement and power consumption reduction, but a set of "combination punches" for multiple tools, services, and peripheral hardware options. A perfection and expansion of the industrial ecology. On the one hand, product update and iteration help to develop new applications, make the entire industry more dynamic, and of course, make the entire LoRa ecosystem more dynamic. 

On the other hand, the expansion of the product portfolio has also brought Semtech, as LoRa's technology source enterprise, closer to end users, while also enabling solution providers and system integrators can use these tools and services added in the roadmap for this release to quickly Customers in such fields build personalized IoT networks and provide services. This also conforms to the industry trend that the Internet of Things is driven by demand, which has a positive significance for the improvement of the entire LoRa industry ecology.

       It is reported that the number of LoRa nodes currently deployed globally has reached 80 million and the number of base stations has exceeded 240,000. The LoRa industry chain is growing rapidly, which also confirms that the Internet of Things industry is accelerating. I believe LoRa will occupy an important position in the future IoT market.


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