Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Alibaba partners Libelium and Semtech on IoT connectivity

Steve Rogerson
October 9, 2018



Spanish IoT hardware sensor network Libelium has partnered Alibaba Cloud to deliver connectivity through the Meshlion IoT gateway. And Semtech is extending its IoT collaboration with Alibaba.
 
Alibaba Cloud and Semtech are working together towards having every enterprise adopt Semtech’s LoRa technology. The joint effort secures and establishes the radio spectrum for the rapid growth of IoT for multiple vertical markets and new use cases in China, including logistics tracking, air quality, food safety compliance and smoke detecting safety.
 
China-based Alibaba Cloud introduced the industry’s first LoRa-based Airship Balloon, which connected sensors from 20 metres underground to 40,000 metres above ground demonstrating the capabilities of LoRa technology including long range, simple and flexible network deployment.
 
“Alibaba Cloud’s Arial IoT LoRa station connects from 20 metres underground to 40,000 metres in the space,” said Wei Wu, director of ecological cooperation at Alibaba Cloud. “As one of the leading enterprise members of the LoRa Alliance, Alibaba Cloud continuously promotes the progress and popularisation of LoRa technology in China as well as globally. It provides a complete set of low-power, wide area network solutions for key industries in China including smart meters, smart cities, smart manufacturing, smart agriculture and other fields.”
 
Marc Pegulu, vice president at Semtech, added: “Semtech’s collaboration with Alibaba Cloud is fuelling the device, network and application of IoT in China. LoRa will be the enabler of low power connected devices with its key capabilities – simple, flexible, proven and easy to deploy. Our collaboration with Alibaba Cloud strengthens LoRa to become a core technology for the IoT industry. The abundant amount of low power IoT use cases emerging in China leveraging Semtech’s LoRa technology will position the platform as the de facto IoT solution, and we anticipate Alibaba will be one of the industry leaders as it strengthens its ecosystem of IoT partners in China.”
 
The Libelium deal should help organisations use Libelium’s sensor network platform with Alibaba’s cloud computing to accelerate IoT adoption.
 
Alibaba Cloud will provide enterprises with ways to meet their cloud computing needs including more flexibility and data deployment options. Combining the interoperability that provides Meshlium to connect the data gathered by the Libelium’s sensor networks with Alibaba Cloud’s scalable cloud infrastructure, enterprises should be able to extend their IoT projects.
 
“This partnership between Alibaba Cloud and Libelium will bring great value to enterprises as they seek to invest in IoT to improve its competitiveness in different productive sectors from smart agriculture to smart cities and Industry 4.0,” said Alicia Asín, CEO and co founder of Libelium.
 
Yeming Wang, general manager of Alibaba Cloud in EMEA, added: “We look forward to working closely with Libelium to help customers on their journey of scaling IoT projects to Alibaba Cloud.”
 
Alibaba Cloud offers elastic computing power in the cloud. Services are available on a pay-as-you-go basis and include data storage, relational databases, big-data processing, anti-DDoS protection and content delivery networks. At the same time, Alibaba Cloud is committed to the research and development of large database systems and big data technologies.
 
Its R&D efforts include the advancement of IoT technology, virtual reality, smart homes, automotive networking and information systems, and cloud-based mobile-device operating systems.
 
Libelium and Alibaba Cloud are also committed to fostering new partners to deliver applications and packaged IoT services to sell at the IoT Marketplace, an online store that offers complete IoT products to deploy smart applications including hardware, software and cloud connection, allowing its customers to try products and visualise how to scale them in a cost-effective way.
 
This integration adds compatibility to the Meshlium IoT gateway that now supports 40 cloud connectors including Amazon Web Services, Ericsson, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, Fujitsu, Telit, NEC, Telefónica and Thingworx.