Semiconductors and Components

Combining LoRa device with LEO satellites for asset tracking

14 April 2022
How the LoRa chip works with cloud computing for asset tracking globally. Source Semtech

Semtech Corp. has released an addition to its LoRa Edge device-to-cloud geolocation platform that brings satellite-connected internet of things (IoT) capabilities to global asset tracking.

The LoRa Edge LR1120 uses multi-band capabilities for supply chain management and logistics with seamless low power geolocation on a global scale.

The device can be combined with small, low-cost low earth orbit (LEO) satellites in the S-band to replace aging SCADA monitoring and opens up new sectors for IoT connectivity such as remote regions. LoRa has attracted the interest of several satellite companies such as EchoStar and Lacuna.

The satellite connectivity with IoT capabilities unlocks new use cases in infrastructure monitoring, agriculture and environmental monitoring that can be deployed in remote areas, which can be very capital intensive, Semtech said.

Features of the LoRa Edge LR1120:

  • Multi-band LoRa capability (sub-GHz, 2.4 GHz and licensed S-band for satellite) and multi-technology geolocation using GNSS for outdoor and Wi-Fi for indoor, as well as areas where satellite coverage is poor
  • LoRa Cloud geolocation solver, which transfers the location processing workload from the device to the Cloud, making ‘deploy once’ battery life possible
  • Supported by GPS and BeiDou constellations
  • Hardware crypto engine for increased security
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