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Amazon Sidewalk network to launch this year using Semtech LoRa platform

Tile announced as first third party Sidewalk enabled device 

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Amazon has partnered with Semtech Corporation to use the vendor’s LoRa technology on its forthcoming Sidewalk network.


Operated by Amazon at no charge to customers, Sidewalk is a wireless network for the domestic IoT market that will launch later in 2020.

 

It utilises Semtech Corporation’s long range, low power LoRa platform to extend the range of a customer’s home network to connect both outdoor and indoor, low-bandwidth smart home products, including smart lights, pet trackers, sensors for asset tracking, smart irrigation, and a multitude of additional low cost devices targeted for domestic use.

 

With extended range, mobility and low power consumption, the LoRa platform enables the rapid deployment of a vast range of secure, low touch consumer Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

 

Amazon customers will be able to access Sidewalk using two types of devices: Sidewalk Bridges and Sidewalk-enabled devices. Sidewalk Bridges, including select Ring Floodlight Cams and Ring Spotlight Cams, are devices that provide connections to Sidewalk.


Sidewalk-enabled devices connect to Sidewalk Bridges to access the network. Customers with a Sidewalk Bridge can contribute a small portion of their Internet bandwidth, which is pooled together to create a shared network that benefits all Sidewalk-enabled devices in a community.

 

Amazon’s Echo devices will support Sidewalk beginning later this year. Echo customers with eligible devices, including the all-new Echo and Echo show 10, will be able to use Echo as a Sidewalk Bridge to help compatible devices automatically connect or reconnect to their router, set up new Echo devices, or locate items connected to Sidewalk.

Global smart home market is expected to grow to more than $192 billion in 2023

Amazon also announced that Tile has become the first third-party Sidewalk-enabled device and experience on Sidewalk to help customers locate misplaced keys and wallets.

 

The company is also set to begin a new proof of concept with the American Red Cross, which supplies about 40 per cent of the nation’s blood, to explore if Sidewalk can support the tracking of blood collections supplies between distribution centres and donation sites to add greater efficiencies into the blood donation supply chain.

 

According to IHS Markit, the global smart home market is expected to grow by a factor of five to reach more than $192 billion in 2023, a rapid increase from the $41 billion in revenues in 2018.

 

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