Semtech's LoRa wireless platform has been adopted by the Dr. Peng Group, the largest private telecom operator in China, for its Internet of Things (IoT) residential network.

Dr. Peng Group will supplement its fast broadband, fixed-line access service offerings with a smart home, low power, wide area network (LPWAN) based on Semtech’s LoRa platform. The platform is coupled with LoRa-equipped gateways, home picocell routers and intelligent monitors to improve efficiency and safety in residences and communities. Smart home IoT applications include gas and water meters, asset tracking, smart entrances and smart air conditioning, among other services found in homes. Dr. Peng plans to provide intelligent street lighting, soil, air and water quality monitoring, intelligent parking, intelligent trash collection, and other green belt management services.

Among the key features of the LoRa platform is long range. A single LoRa base station enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 24-48 kilometres (15-30 miles) away in rural areas.

The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 20 years depending on the application. It also ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.

“Homeowners and residential communities are increasingly interested in solutions to improve their day-to-day efficiencies and safety, and this network rollout is expected to help provide over 100 million households throughout China the capability to do so,” said Cui ZhongTao, Director of the Intelligent Network Equipment Research and Development Centre in Dr. Peng Group.