Semtech utilises IoT-equipped LoRa devices in agriculture and smart ranching

Semtech has announced that Australian carrier National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) is deploying a publicly available network based on the LoRaWAN protocol that will leverage Semtech’s LoRa devices and technology to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The network will rolled out with Australian agriculture company Goanna Ag, with an aim to bring smarter irrigation management solutions to Australian cotton growers.

The network, which is an extension of NNNCo’s existing LoRaWAN-based network coverage, covers an area of almost three million hectares, and stretches across Murrumbidgee irrigation area and the Murrumbidgee, Lachlan, Gwydir MacIntyre, Namoi, and Macquarie valleys. NNNCo is set to expand the LoRaWAN-based network throughout 2019.

The network will be used to bring low-cost cloud-connected sensors and data analytics to growers, combining soil moisture data via installed probes, local weather data and satellite imagery to optimise irrigation scheduling.

With the new cotton season beginning, NNNCo and Goanna Ag will install their first 100 gateways in New South Wales and Queensland, along with over 2,000 sensors across cotton farms. LoRa-based sensors will include soil moisture probes, rain gauges, weather stations, and water and fuel tank monitors among others.

Semtech has also created IoT cattle monitoring solution leveraging Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology). The LoRa-enabled GPS tracker and biometric sensor monitor the animals’ vitals and whether they have strayed from their designated areas.

The lar.tech LoRa-based device is tagged on a cow’s ear and wirelessly transmits real-time data on the cow’s location, reducing the chances of wandering or theft. In addition, the tag also monitors animal motion, letting the rancher know if the animal is over or underactive, as well as observes the animal’s body temperature and detects estrus. Applications continuously scan the data, and notify ranchers immediately if there is an abnormality.

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