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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. 

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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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Municipalities are integrating LPWANs to digitally transform citywide infrastructures. This e-book details four smart city applications with LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard that improve and streamline day-to-day operations, enhance public services and enable a better life for everyone.
Smart Cities of the Future
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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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Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN trials white paper by LoRa Alliance The white paper is 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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Infographics

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Day in a Life Infographic Learn how LoRa, the long range low power technology from Semtech, and the LoRaWAN standard have the power to change our world and transform our daily lives.
A Day in a Life With LoRa
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As climate change intensifies global natural disasters, detecting environmental issues quickly and accurately enable proactive safety measures to limit the loss of life and property. Monitoring solutions running on the Helium “The People’s Network” allow for accurate tracking of air quality, extreme weather conditions and water quality.
Proactive Safety Measures With Environmental Monitoring
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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.

Smart City Street Lighting
Smart City Street Lighting

CITiLIGHT's VELOCITi™ LMS smart lighting platform, featuring LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard, has saved 1.29 billion kWh of energy through smart street lighting implementation in more than 100 Indian cities.

Smart Islands Project
Smart Islands Project

ICTnexus Smart Islands project features LoRa devices and a LoRaWAN network for the Island’s infrastructure, enabling several smart island use cases including energy metering, water management, air quality and weather stations, street light operation, asset tracking, and emergency notifications (tsunami sirens).

Center of Excellence

The Town of Cary, North Carolina, SAS Institute and Semtech are coming together to build a unique Center of Excellence focused on LoRa-enabled technology solutions that will positively impact the lives of Cary’s citizens. 

Urban Forest Management with LoRa
Urban Forest Management

ICT International’s range of plant physiology devices are able to monitor the health of the urban forest in real time via a LoRaWAN network, helping trees remain healthy, providing valuable ecosystem services to the community as well as measurable carbon capture.

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.

In the News

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

Transforming a Small Town into a Major Smart City

The town of Cary, North Carolina, with just over 175,000 residents, is becoming one of the smartest towns in the United States thanks to technology that has improved utility management and more. Read more

A tropical paradise both beautiful and smart

An initiative by the Cook Islands’ government will introduce connected ‘smart’ devices on all of the islands using Semtech's LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard. Read more

LoRaWAN World Expo highlights and interview with Marc Pegulu, VP IoT at Semtech

The LoRaWAN World Expo was of course also the occasion for numerous meetings. Representatives and members of the LoRa Alliance from all over the world came to present their latest innovations. On this occasion, we had the opportunity to interview Marc Pegulu, VP IoT Strategy & Product Marketing for the Wireless and Sensing Products Group at Semtech, about the latest commercial and technical developments for LoRa. Read more
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Semtech Launches LoRa Cloud Locator Service for LoRa Edge to Showcase its Asset Tracking Capabilities

Semtech Corporation, a leading global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced its breakthrough SaaS chip-to-Cloud service, LoRa Cloud™ Locator, that uses Semtech’s LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation services. The new service allows customers to experience firsthand the power of devices powered by LoRa Edge™ and evaluate the accuracy and power consumption capabilities of the LoRa Edge platform, which offers an ultra-low-power and cost-effective solution for indoor/outdoor asset tracking use cases. Read more

Building an Asset Tracking Solution Using LoRaWAN with Semtech LoRa Cloud and AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN

LoRaWAN has been applied to a variety of applications including smart water metering, smart buildings, safety and compliance monitoring, smart agriculture, health monitoring, smart electrical metering, construction and mining monitoring, and smart homes. One of the most critical applications where the low-power, battery-operated advantages of this approach is of greatest value is asset tracking. The low power and long range of LoRaWAN lend themselves to asset tracking applications in a complementary fashion. Semtech’s LoRa Edge (LR11xx) chipset provides a comprehensive solution which solves for indoor and outdoor location by incorporating both GNSS for outdoor and Wi-Fi scanning for indoor location. It achieves this with 10x lower power than traditional GNSS-based solutions, using a combination of compute on the chip and cloud. Read more

Semtech Launches LoRa Cloud™ Locator Cloud Service to Demonstrate the Asset Tracking Capabilities of LoRa Edge™

Semtech Corporation, a leading global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced its breakthrough SaaS chip-to-Cloud service, LoRa Cloud™ Locator, that uses Semtech’s LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation services. Read more

OMG! Where Are My Assets?

EE Journal's Max Maxfield covers Semtech's latest LoRa Cloud Locator service specifically designed to work with trackers using Semtech’s LoRa Edge LR-series chips with minimal effort. Read more

LoRa Takes on Asset Tracking Through Geolocation Platform

Low-power geolocation platform leverages LoRa cloud service to help users keep tabs on their equipment. Read more

Semtech Briefs Elektor on LoRa-Based Solutions at Embedded World 2022

At Embedded World 2022, Randy Ryder of #Semtech introduced Elektor engineer Mathias Claussen to the LoRa Edge ultra-low power platform. Semtech's Karthik Ranjan then told Mathias about a new service called LoRa Cloud Locator. Read more

Technological trends for a smarter and more sustainable planet

Alistair Fulton, Vice President and General Manager of Wireless and Sensing Products Group, Semtech, highlights sustainable technologies and trends for the smart planet and society. 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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Videos

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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.