The network originates in the country’s capital of Wellington, where it is used for a plethora of IoT applications
Semtech’s LoRa wireless RF technology is part and parcel of a new low power, wide area network (LPWAN) that currently covers more than half of New Zealand’s population.
The LoRaWAN-based network, designed by IoT network and software providers KotahiNet and Loriot, uses gateways and sensors embedded with Semtech LoRa Technology, as well as network and application software, to create a smart sensing network infrastructure.
The upshot of this is to allow local governments, business and conservation groups to collect and analyse data from thousands of connected devices in a streamlined way enabling them to make better-informed decisions about their operations.
Vikram Kumar, director of KotahiNet said: “Our rapid deployment of a LoRaWAN-based network in New Zealand has really helped us prove the effectiveness of LoRa Technology for use in IoT applications.
“The network covers both urban and very remote rural areas, and in either situation, the LoRa-based sensors and gateways provide excellent coverage while using very low power to ensure sensor batteries last several years without needing to be replaced.
“By using network operations services from Loriot and LoRa Technology from Semtech, we were able to quickly and economically roll out a secure, standards-based network within a matter of months. Our goal is to continue expanding the network until it eventually covers all of New Zealand.”
The network originates in the country’s capital of Wellington, where it is used for a plethora of IoT applications such as farmers receiving weather change alerts, tracing stolen beehives and tracking lost boats.
EcoNode, a New Zealand-based conservation company company is using the LoRaWAN-based network to notify workers when predators threatening native species are caught in traps, removing the need for labour intensive manual inspections.
“The collaboration between KotahiNet and Loriot to quickly implement a public, LoRa-based LPWAN for New Zealand is an excellent example of how companies in the LoRa Alliance are working together to make the IoT a reality worldwide,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president and general manager, Wireless, and Sensing Product Group at Semtech.
“Such collaboration also shows the value of the open LoRaWAN specification as it continues to bring hardware, software and networking companies together to drive innovative solutions for the IoT market and make the world a better place.”
Semtech, KotahiNet and Loriot are members of the LoRa Alliance, a group of nearly 400 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications.
The LoRaWAN standard concentrates on low-power, long-range IoT applications. To date, there are both public and private LoRaWAN networks in more than 50 countries.
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