Agriculture, poised as one of the top five markets for IoT growth, can benefit significantly from the implementation of a long-range, low-power LoRaWAN-based network to propel Australia’s smart agriculture industry into the future.
The increasing adoption of IoT devices within agriculture, with projections of up to a 60% growth rate in 2020, signifies a remarkable opportunity for LoRa-enabled sensor applications.
Semtech Corporation, in partnership with National Narrowband Network Communications (NNNCo), a provider specializing in cost-effective narrowband network connectivity for IoT, is leading the charge to create a nationwide rural Internet of Things (IoT) network that will introduce cutting-edge agriculture solutions to Australian farmers.
The LoRaWAN™ open standard, a creation of the LoRa Alliance™, is anticipated to revolutionize Australian farms. It offers farmers access to real-time data on crucial factors such as soil moisture, rainfall, crop conditions, water levels, and livestock status through a network of cost-effective wireless sensors situated directly in the field. One of the primary benefits of LoRaWAN technology is its ability to facilitate bi-directional communication with individual or grouped sensors. These sensors are energy-efficient and capable of continuous operation in the field for extended periods, requiring minimal intervention. This empowers farmers to make informed decisions across multiple functions, including irrigation management, livestock feed stations, water pump control, and even emergency alerts.
Semtech & NNNCo Partnership
Mike Wong, Vice President for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group, envisions the NNNCo LoRaWAN network as a catalyst for the rapid adoption of smart agriculture practices, poised to revolutionize the entire farming industry.
“The initial phase of the LoRaWAN network will encompass one million acres of farmland across rural New South Wales (NSW). This coverage will include dryland crops, horticulture, livestock, and several rural towns. The ambitious plan within the next 18 months is to expand this network extensively across the entire Australian landscape.”
The success story of Semtech, with its unique LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa Technology), is a testament to the global market’s receptiveness through the LoRa Alliance, which has become one of the fastest-growing industry alliances in history. This technology’s open nature, coupled with its remarkable capacity for innovation, has enabled NNNCo to forge critical partnerships in key industries, notably agriculture, facilitating the proliferation of sensors and devices over carrier-grade networks, all while maintaining an affordable price point to support large-scale deployment, as highlighted by Rob Zagarella, Chief Executive Officer at National Narrowband Network Communications.
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