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Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, joined ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile Internet, to formally announce the launch of ZTE’s first Internet of Things (IoT) Demonstration Base (CLAA Internet of Things Demonstration Base) dedicated to LoRa Technology in Nanjing, China.

The CLAA IoT Demonstration Base allows Internet of Things solution providers to deploy and test their applications over a low power, wide area network (LPWAN). ZTE plans to deploy over 30 Commercial Demonstration Bases across China by the end of this year. The unveiling of the IoT Demonstration Base was made at the 2016 China LoRa IoT Summit (CLIS), where more than 600 attendees from over 300 companies were on hand to celebrate the announcement and view dozens of use cases on display for a wide range of IoT solutions, including smart city, smart park, agriculture, industrial, metering, and other applications. Mohan Maheswaran, Semtech’s President and Chief Executive Officer delivered the opening address at this event.

The China LoRa Application Alliance (CLAA) is a cross-industry, cross-department national organization participated in and built by IoT application and innovation entities in various industries. The CLAA IoT Demonstration Base initiative is the result of a cooperative formed amongst solution providers, government agencies, and educational institutions to standardize the development of IoT applications in China around the LoRaWAN™ protocol from the LoRa Alliance™. The initiative aims to provide LoRaWAN-based, carrier-level networks that all members of the cooperative can use to deploy and test their IoT applications. The cooperative also provides a supportive environment in which its members can work together to troubleshoot issues, develop new innovations and accelerate the adoption in China of IoT solutions based on LoRa Technology.

“The Internet of Things has tremendous potential to improve the quality of life for the citizens of China,” said CLAA secretary-general Mr. Liu Jianye. “By working together with our solution providers, government agencies, and educational institutions to create an IoT Demonstration Base which have deployed more than 20 applications based on LoRa Technology for the CLAA network, we believe we can accelerate the adoption of LoRaWAN-based IoT solutions across the country. We currently have more than 210 solution providers committed to using Semtech’s LoRa Technology to enable Internet of Things applications in a broad range of markets. Our goal is to continue to expand this ecosystem and to work together with Semtech to make LoRa Technology and the Internet of Things a success throughout China.”

“ZTE has done a remarkable job in building the IoT Demonstration Base in Nanjing, and we are honored to have been invited to speak at the China LoRa IoT Summit to formally launch the site,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless and Sensing Product Group at Semtech. “The breadth of IoT use cases that will be on display at CLIS is impressive and shows how instrumental ZTE’s leadership has already been in establishing a growing ecosystem of the Internet of Things solution providers in China using LoRa Technology.”

Semtech and ZTE are members of the LoRa Alliance, a group of more than 400 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications. Through its work with member companies and IoT industry groups, the LoRa Alliance is making LoRaWAN the standard for LPWANs focused on low-power, long-range Internet of Things applications. To date, there are LoRaWAN public and private networks in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Key Features of LoRa Wireless RF Technology:

  • Long Range: A single base station using LoRa Technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas.
  • Low Power: The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 20 years depending on the application.
  • Low Cost: LoRa Technology reduces up front infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.
  • Open Standard: The LoRaWAN protocol ensures interoperability among applications, Internet of Things solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.

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