Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Kiwi deploys Semtech LoRa technology in Thailand

Steve Rogerson
June 26, 2018

Kiwi Technology, a Taiwan-based provider of services for the IoT, is implementing Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless RF technology in Thailand to increase energy resources and reduce operational costs in smart cities.
Kiwi Technology collaborated with Precise Digital Economy (PDE), Thailand’s largest electricity facilities group, to increase production for IoT-enabled devices. The project is one the first of its kind for south-east Asia, and is aimed at developing a smart city network of LoRa-based sensors to regulate public utilities including electricity.
“The collaboration between Kiwi and PDE will enable the LoRa-based network to be more widely used in the Asian market, while further upgrading the industrial level of smart utilities,” said Xinxin Li, chairman of Kiwi Technology. “Kiwi will also provide its hardware devices and complete IoT network solutions, including end-to-end applications, network routers, platforms, and a variety of applications, to create sustainability.”
Kiwi Technology has also distributed LoRa-based services in China, Indonesia, Japan and Taiwan.
“Semtech’s LoRa technology is becoming the technology of choice for building IoT applications as more cities look for IoT to help reduce operational costs as well as provide better services for their communities,” said Vivek Mohan, director of IoT in Semtech’s wireless and sensing products group. “With its long-range, low-power, low cost, and easy to deploy capabilities, LoRa technology plays an important role in creating a smarter planet.”
Florida-based Ubicquia has incorporated Semtech’s LoRa technology into its Ubicell streetlight gateway module.
Streetlamps represent a large portion of a city’s allocated energy budget, in some cases reaching upwards of 40%. Studies of energy grids estimate that a smart grid IoT service using sensors, gateways and LED bulbs would provide large financial returns as well as valuable data.
Ubicquia’s LoRa-based gateway module allows the Ubicell streetlight to act as both a gateway and a client maintaining its core functionality that includes light control, utility grade power metering, tilt and vibration sensing, connection to third party sensors, and network integration.
“Leveraging our Ubicell streetlight router that is compatible with more than 350 million streetlights worldwide, our Ubicell LoRa-based gateway module is the most cost effective way to stand up or densify an existing LoRaWan,” said Ian Aaron, CEO at Ubicquia. “Our new gateway module is designed to meet the growing needs of LoRaWan service providers and customers who are looking to scale the deployment of LoRa sensors for street lighting, utility metering, garbage collection, or an increase in data traffic from video and audio edge services.”
Mohan added: “Ubicquia provides cities with a reliable, smart grid to keep utilities running as efficiently as possible. By leveraging Semtech’s LoRa technology and smart grid sensor data, Ubicquia changes the way cities handle utility management, and turns streetlights into so much more. LoRa technology’s long range, low power platform and ease of installation make it the solution of choice for city planners and civil engineers everywhere.”