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Smart Cities

Everyday municipal operations are made more efficient with LoRa Technology’s long range, low power, secure, and GPS-free geolocation features. By connecting city services such as lighting, parking, waste removal, and more, cities can optimize the use of utilities and personnel to save time and money. 

White Papers

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Transformation of Switzerland's postal service with LoRa and LoRaWAN Download this white paper to learn how Swiss Post and national telecom provider Swisscom integrated LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol in order to transform Switzerland’s postal service, leveraging low power wide area networks (LPWANS) to increase customer access.
The Digital Transformation of Switzerland’s Postal Service with LoRa® Devices and the LoRaWAN® Protocol
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LoRa devices smart planet use case e-book Download this e-book to learn how LoRa devices are being utilized to create a sustainable and smart planet with featured solutions from ecosystem companies including Axino, Birdz, Smart Parks, and WaterBit.
LoRa® Devices: Smart Planet Use Case Overview
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Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN trials white paper by LoRa Alliance An overview of use cases across regions combining two powerful technologies
Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN® Trials
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LoRaWAN connects smart city applications white paper by LoRa Alliance The connection of infrastructure and services in a city includes buildings, businesses and municipal assets, and operates alongside smart buildings, smart vehicles and smart utilities. The common goal is to make money, save money or achieve compliance. This LoRa Alliance® white paper explores how LoRaWAN® enables Smart Cities.
Why LoRaWAN is the Connectivity Platform for Smart City Applications
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How Calgary, Canada utilized LoRa and LoRaWAN Municipalities are embracing smart city technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to provide better services for citizens. The City of Calgary has evolved into one of the most innovative cities in Canada.
LoRa Technology: How Calgary Built and Utilizes One of the First City-owned LoRaWAN-based Networks
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LoRa smart cities use cases e-book Smart city technology is changing the way cities, governments and citizens interact, and LoRa Technology is enabling these solutions.
LoRa Technology Real World Solutions: Smart Cities
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LoRaWAN capacity trial in smart city environment white paper MachineQ™ and Semtech conducted a study and found that a full-scale LoRa deployment in a dense urban environment outperformed its expectations, and could handle more than its expected number of packets/day.
LoRaWAN Capacity Trial in Dense Urban Environment
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LoRa and LoRaWAN transform smart cities white paper As cities move toward increased efficiency, Smart City technologies, like LoRa IoT solutions, can provide new solutions for improved city services. Low cost IoT networks are the cornerstone of a Smart City program.
Smart Cities Transformed
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Discover applications for LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol by downloading an infographic. 

We believe every IoT device should have a low power geolocation ready feature –whether it's a mobile asset or a fixed asset. This is now possible, thanks to LoRa® devices, the LoRaWAN® standard and the LoRa Edge™ asset management platform.
The Future of Geolocation Has Arrived
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Internet of Things and LoRa infographic The Internet of Things and LoRa® are making a better, sustainable world to live, work and play. LoRa and the LoRaWAN® standard provide a “voice” to things – carrying an explosion of data and analytics to solve real world challenges.
LoRa Everything
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LoRa and LoRaWAN transform Switzerland's postal service infographic Download this infographic to explore how LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN protocol brought universal postal service to Swiss citizens and next generation solutions featuring optical identification (OID) for smart cities and smart supply chains.
Swiss Post On Demand Delivery Service
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Internet of Things and LoRa everyone infographic Download the infographic to explore how products based on LoRa create a safer, more sustainable and comfortable planet for us all.
LoRa Everyone
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LoRa everywhere infographic Download the infographic to see how LoRa-based products are changing the world and enabling a better life.
LoRa Everywhere
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10 things about LoRaWAN and NB-IoT infographic Which wireless network solution is right for your application? Compare the qualities of low power wide area network (LPWAN) solutions side by side in this helpful infographic.
10 Things About LoRaWAN & NB-IoT
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Real-World Deployments

See how LoRa Technology has enabled operational efficiencies in these real-world smart city applications.

On-Demand Postal Services

Swiss Post “Order Pens” leverage Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® standard, to provide universal postal service to Swiss citizens and businesses. 

LoRa smart city blockchain network
Smart City Blockchain Networks

MXC’s blockchain business model utilizes participants who serve as “supernodes” who deploy and share their own personal IoT gateway, producing a massive data highway with extensive LoRaWAN network coverage. 

LoRa remote equipment monitoring
Remote Equipment Monitoring

Packetworx's automated packetSENSE Current Clamp electricity monitoring solution and packetSWITCH remote rebooting device leverage the LoRaWAN® protocol to remotely monitor the functionality of automated teller machines (ATMs) and other critical equipment.

LoRa smart communities
Smart Communities

Amazon Sidewalk is a crowd-sourced wireless network that can simplify device setup and extend the range for low bandwidth applications, leveraging LoRa to extend the range of a customer’s home network to connect both outdoor and indoor smart home products into the community. 

LoRa smart cities connecting a South Korean expressway
South Korean Expressways

Korea Expressway Corporation leverages LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol for landslip detectors, road-freezing sensors, electronic displays, fire extinguishers in tunnels, and expressway lights, in addition to parking space and trash bin fill monitoring at rest areas, and real-time condition tracking for shock-absorbing barriers and guardrails.

LoRa-based abnormal energy use detection
Abnormal Energy Use Detection

NetOP's smart energy consumption monitoring solution based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol, named the “Octopus,” leverages LoRa devices’ advantages for real-time data monitoring to detect abnormal spikes in energy consumption in city substations.

LoRa & LoRaWAN complement citywide Wi-Fi
Complementing Citywide Wi-Fi

The Metropolitan Government of Seoul, South Korea plans to deploy up to 1,000 LoRaWAN-based gateways to complement the municipal Wi-Fi and provide the foundation for Seoul’s innovative, next-generation smart city applications.

LoRa smart metering & lighting solutions
Smart Metering & Lighting Solutions

OrionM2M's smart meters and luminaire controllers utilize embedded LoRa Technology to connect to the Cloud via public LoRaWAN-based networks and OrionGateways.

LoRa-based smart flood sensors
Smart Flood Sensors

Green Stream's LoRa-based autonomous flood sensor system helps to build safer, more resilient communities.

LoRa-based smart bus schedules for smart cities
Smart Bus Schedule Signs

X-TELIA's and the City of Montreal installed LoRa-based displays to show bus schedules in real-time, offering convenience to commuters. 

LoRa-based smart city street lights
Smart Street Lighting

Ahoy Systems’ smart street-lighting products reduce electricity costs without compromising infrastructure quality and community services.

LoRa-based Internet of Things network deployment in Latin America
Latin America Network Coverage

Argentina-based YEAP! has made public LoRaWAN networks widely available throughout the greater Latin America region, enabling LoRa-based IoT solutions in the region.

LoRa and Internet of Things smart city street lights
Street Light Gateway

Ubicquia’s LoRa-based gateway module consolidates functionality to offer a cost-effective and efficient smart street lighting platform.  

LoRa-based smart city Internet of Things network
Smart City Network

Thailand’s Kiwi Technology collaborated with Precise Digital Economy to develop a smart city network of LoRa-based sensors to better regulate public utilities.

LoRa-based smart city waste management
Smart Waste Management

eleven-x and University of British Columbia utilize LoRa-based sensors to remotely monitor waste bin capacities, optimizing maintenance response.

LoRa & Internet of Things smart cities in the United States
U.S. Cities

machineQ has strategically deployed LoRaWAN coverage in dozens of top U.S. metropolitan areas and major Comcast markets, so businesses can connect solutions quickly, with reduced cost.

LoRa-based Internet of Things residential network
Residential Community Networks

Dr. Peng Group’s Residential LPWAN networks based on LoRa Technology facilitate the deployment of smart city services such as intelligent street lighting, soil, air and water quality monitoring, intelligent parking, intelligent trash collection, and other green belt management services.

LoRa & Internet of Things connect Cook Islands
Connecting the Cook Islands

KotahiNet’s public LoRaWAN-based network provides the Cook Islands with a smart sensing infrastructure, allowing businesses and government organizations to collect and analyze environmental data, and make intelligent decisions about their business operations and scarce island resources.

In the News

Articles and press coverage of LoRa-based smart cities are featured below. 

EE Journal

The Future of IoT As We Know It – How Multi-Technology Collaboration will Shape the Next Wave of IoT Innovation

Semtech Director of LoRaWAN Networks, Rémi Lorrain joins Amelia Dalton on Fish Fry Podcast to discuss the differences between LoRa and LoRaWAN, what the collaboration between Swam technologies and Semtech looks like, and how LoRa will help provide connectivity to new areas of the world. Read more

Closing the Education Gap for IoT Developers

DevOps discusses IoT development and the need for better access to educational resources and tools. LoRaWAN standard and basics will need to become readily accessible to close education gap among IoT developers. Read more

Bringing IoT and Analytics to the Forefront of Disaster Preparedness and Response

City governments should invest in Internet of Things solutions to better prepare for and react to natural disasters. Read more

Power to the people

One of the key technologies for smart cities is wireless low power wide area networks (LPWAN). This is a key technology for the Internet of Things (IoT) that allows low power sensors to be deployed quickly and easily in smart buildings where data needs to be collected in order to be of assistance to people. Read more
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Smart city acceleration in a post-Covid world

COVID-19 in many ways has accelerated the rollout of smart city technologies. The Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem has been developing over recent years, with a clear message that to make advances you need more data, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought this into sharp focus. Read more
IoT Now

How can LoRaWAN help developers overcome the barrier to IoT?

In this brand-new Quickfire Interview, editorial director, Jeremy Cowan chats to Alistair Fulton, the Vice President and General Manager, Wireless and Sensing Products Group at Semtech about their LoRa Device-to-Cloud platform, why connectivity is more critical than ever and how their collaboration with AWS will offer customers a competitive advantage. Read more

Making Connectivity Accessible for All with LoRa and LoRaWAN

Understand how LoRa and LoRaWAN connectivity can create a safer, more sustainable, and comfortable planet for organizations and end-users. Read more

Smart cities are coming: getting ahead by reducing software vulnerabilities

We live in exciting times. Technological advances in devices, networks, and software have enabled applications and services that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. The advent of 5G networks increases the capacity and speeds of networks, which will usher in a new age of possibilities. Smart cities are one of those possibilities. Read more

How LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol are helping to transform smart cities

Semtech explores the goals of implementing smart city technology using LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard Read more
SAT News

Delivering SATCOM With LoRa®

Low-cost and low-power satellite connectivity technology built directly with smart sensors will kick-start a second IoT revolution. With LoRa®, a device-to-Cloud platform built for applications requiring long range, low power, incorporated into satellites, smart sensors can enable two-way communications to and from satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). LoRa can run on Very High Frequency (VHF) frequencies for uplink and downlink to satellites from the ground. Read more

Application Briefs & Use Cases

Learn more about specific applications of LoRa Technology in smart cities.

SAS uses data from LoRaWAN sensors, AI and streaming analytics to prevent flood damage and predict flooding patterns.
SAS Flood Prediction
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Internet of Things enabled smart golf course Shaganappi Point Golf Course in the City of Calgary utilizes LoRa-based devices to track pace of play and improve operational efficiencies.
Smart Golf Course
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LoRa smart city acoustic sound monitoring The Urban Alliance, a partnership between the City of Calgary and the University of Calgary, utilizes LoRa Technology to monitor and characterize sound.
Real-Time Acoustic Monitoring
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LoRa-based Internet of Things smart island management LoRaWAN-based smart island network from IOTLABS enables sustainable solutions, and has dropped the island’s water usage rates 25%.
Smart Island Management
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LoRa-based Internet of Things smart flood monitor Green Stream Technologies' LoRa-based end-to-end flood monitoring solution is designed using commercial, off-the-shelf ultrasonic sensors.
Smart Flood Monitoring
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LoRa smart city waste management Waste collection is usually performed on a schedule regardless of whether they are full or not. Cities using LoRa Technology reduce operational costs, streamline collection routes and optimize the location of bins.
Waste Management
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LoRa-enabled smart cities utilize smart parking LoRa Technology and CivicSmart offer the most advanced and affordable solutions for smart parking.
Smart Parking
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LoRa-enabled smart city parking management PNI Sensor Corporation's solution with Semtech's LoRa Technology enables the optimal management of parking resources over public or private networks.
Parking Management
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LoRa-based smart city utilizes smart lighting Smart lighting adds intelligence and control to street lights to help reduce the largest energy expense of a typical city without sacrificing public safety. LoRa Technology makes it possible.
Smart Lighting
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See videos featuring LoRa-based smart cities applications. Watch all LoRa videos here >>

LoRa Everything
IoT Applications for Cities
The Future of Commercial Real Estate & Large Facilities; New Perspectives after COVID-19
Boston Networks IoT Scotland
Explore the Smart City of Calgary
Smart Calgary: Building a Smart City
Smart Calgary: City Engineers Adopt LoRa Technology
Smart Calgary: The Urban Alliance and University of Calgary
Smart Calgary: The Urban Alliance and University of Calgary Students
Smart Calgary Use Case: Acoustic Monitoring
Smart Calgary Use Case: Shaganappi Golf Course

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Other Semtech Solutions for Smart Cities

In addition to the low power wide area network solutions enabled by LoRa Technology, Semtech offers a wide portfolio of IC chipsets for electronics in smart cities.