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By Rich Handley

Semtech Announces LoRa Cloud Geolocation Service

Semtech, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and algorithms, has announced the availability of its LoRa Cloud Geolocation service, which is compatible with the LoRaWAN protocol and almost any network server, the company reports. The geolocation service can be integrated with existing systems and is the first of a range of cloud-based services products that Semtech plans to offer to support Internet of Things (IoT) application development.

"Semtech's new cloud-based geolocation service, accessed by a cloud API call, will simplify and democratize access to geolocation for all LoRaWAN-based devices," said Richard Lansdowne, the senior director of LoRa cloud services within Semtech's Wireless and Sensing Products Group, in a prepared statement. "This is the first of a new breed of fully supported commercial LoRa cloud services from Semtech that we will be providing as part of our overall strategy to simplify the development of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, which leverage the unique low power, long range and flexible deployment benefits of our LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology. With a free usage tier to allow anyone to trial the service rapidly and easily, LoRa Cloud Geolocation also offers a simple and cost effect consumption-based pricing model."

Throughout the past year, Semtech has trialed a free cloud-based geolocation service with hundreds of users—who, according to the company, have provided positive feedback regarding the service's ease of use and performance. LoRa Cloud Geolocation was in beta testing this year with limited partners. During the coming quarter, many more users are expected to integrate the new service into their platforms. The cloud-based geolocation service was designed to support flexibility in deployment options, the firm explains, providing geolocation service availability to any IoT devices.

Semtech is currently onboarding early customers. General availability with signup via a new LoRa cloud services portal is expected this summer. Different pricing tiers will be made available for selection.

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