Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things


Archive February 2020

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Building Tomorrow's City Today with LoRa® Devices and the LoRaWAN® Protocol

The world’s population is increasingly moving to cities, which has kicked off a quest to use smart city technologies to build sustainable infrastructure and provide greater efficiency. Smart city technologies are one way that governments and municipalities provide the sustainable services required to meet urban influx effectively. Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol provide a smart sensing and control infrastructure, which allow cities to collect and analyze data from thousands of connected devices in a streamlined manner. This data can then be used to make intelligent decisions about services cities need to offer, the greatest demand being for water infrastructure and quality monitoring. LoRa devices deliver solutions that are optimized for those smart city applications relying on battery-powered sensors that need up to 10 years of battery life. Further, due to the interoperable nature of the LoRaWAN protocol and LoRa-based devices, a single network can accommodate all use cases, indoor and outdoor, within a city. An easy to deploy LoRaWAN-based network provides a compelling service offering to a city’s businesses and citizens. LoRa-based solutions are changing the way cities, governments and people interact.  

Has the IoT grown up?

Steve Rogerson talks with Ana Maria Giménez (pictured) from Sigfox about the maturing IoT market.

Three years ago, I wrote an article looking forward at the how the different flavours of IoT technology would compete against each other and who would or would not win. For those old enough to remember, it was a bit like the VHS versus Betamax war, where the worst technology ended up on top.

LoRa Devices: Bringing Flexible IoT Solutions for Smarter Homes and Buildings

The market for smart homes and buildings is forecast to reach yearly revenues of up to $36 billion in the U.S. alone by 2022. The Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions offer the potential to create increased efficiencies in these connected homes and buildings. With the deployment of sensors and hardware, 22.3 million smart home systems were installed in North America by the end of 2017, according to Berg Insight Smart Homes and Home Automation. By 2022, the number of households adopting smart home systems is forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.1 percent, resulting in 63 million smart homes.

Achieve Pallet-Level Visibility Throughout Your Supply Chain

The disciplines of supply chain management and logistics focus an organization on driving value and creating competitive advantages by optimizing the flow and storage of goods.

From inbound logistics and order fulfillment to last mile delivery and service parts management, companies are investing billions of dollars to monitor and optimize the flow of their upstream and downstream supply chains. Despite this enormous investment, misplaced, damaged, and stolen goods continue to cost US companies billions of dollars a year in lost revenues and increased costs. In addition, consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding greater product transparency, traceability, and environmental and ethical best practices as a condition of doing business with companies. And none of this is possible without tracking the supply chain.