Cloud-based asset management

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Semtech Corporation has introduced a SaaS chip-to-Cloud service, LoRa Cloud Locator, that uses Semtech’s LoRa cloud modem and geolocation services.

The LoRa Edge platform offers an ultra-low power solution for indoor/outdoor asset tracking. LoRa Cloud Locator uses serverless technology.

“Asset tracking is one of the most common use cases across industry verticals,” said Karthik Ranjan, LoRa Cloud solutions and partnerships leader in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

“Whether it’s tracking wheelchairs in a hospital, shopping carts in retail, pallets in supply chain, cattle in agriculture, or pets around a home, asset tracking can be found everywhere.”

LoRa Cloud Locator is designed specifically to work with trackers using Semtech’s LoRa Edge LR-series chips. Once configured on the service, together with Semtech’s LoRa wireless radio frequency technology for transmission to the Cloud, customers are able to view the tracker location on the map in typically in less than 15 minutes.

“Semtech’s LoRa Cloud Locator can measure the performance of the technology and differentiate when a device is tracked by GNSS or Wi-Fi. With the Wi-Fi location feature, we can now receive GNSS signals without paying for the prohibitive power consumption of traditional GNSS technologies,” said Maximiliano Ruiz, founder and CEO at Galileo RTLS.

“Through leveraging LoRa Edge, locating assets around the world is much simpler with the unprecedented years of battery life.”

The service was very straightforward; quick and easy to set up, enabling us to efficiently test the accuracy and responsiveness of the service in a variety of environments, said Tim Guiterman, CEO at InfiSense.

“The results of our tests further confirmed the broad portfolio of use cases that will directly benefit from the precision geolocation and ultra-low power capabilities of the LoRa Edge platform. We believe that this high-resolution tracking combined with very long battery life is a game changer for our cold chain monitoring and supply chain projects.”

Orders run through CalChip Connect and Indesmatech, two LoRaWAN hardware distributors based in respectively North America and Europe. After purchasing a tracker, customers can log in to the application, register their tracker and view its location on a map using a browser on either their desktop or mobile device.