Smart Paddock’s smart GPS ear tag, “Bluebell,” remotely monitors livestock via Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® standard
Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading global supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced its collaboration with Smart Paddock, an Australian company providing smart tags for the livestock industry that provide real-time information to producers. The collaboration features the implementation of Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® standard into Smart Paddock’s “Bluebell” smart global positioning system (GPS) ear tag to monitor livestock location in real time as well as to analyze the cattle’s behavioral data to solve real world livestock management issues.
“To develop Smart Paddock’s GPS livestock ear tag, we researched and evaluated all the wireless communications protocols available on the market,” said Darren Wolchyn, CEO and founder of Smart Paddock. “To meet our customer needs of a low cost ear tag that could be deployed in the thousands over large farm properties, LoRaWAN came out on top of all other technologies for its long distance capabilities.”
According to Smart Paddock, the “Bluebell” smart GPS ear tags are the smallest and lightest in the industry, with over 1,200 tracking devices deployed over the last three years across farm properties in Australia and New Zealand and more than 10,000 deployments planned in the next year. “Bluebell” is an ideal network solution as the tag can support and encourage farmers to add other operational Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to their farms to monitor water level, set up electric fences that utilize an existing LoRaWAN network, among more.
“Smart Paddock’s utilization of LoRaWAN is a proven example of where IoT technology is actively shaping the future of farming to be smarter and more efficient,” said Marc Pégulu, vice president of IoT product marketing and strategy for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “The unparalleled benefits of LoRa devices that both minimize expenses and reduce environmental impact of any IoT solution is promising for the field of smart agriculture.”
About Semtech’s LoRa® Platform
Semtech’s LoRa device-to-Cloud platform is a globally adopted long range, low power solution for IoT applications, enabling the rapid development and deployment of ultra-low power, cost efficient and long range IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. Semtech’s LoRa technology provides the communication layer for the LoRaWAN® standard, which has been ratified by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and maintained by the LoRa Alliance®, an open IoT alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) applications that has been used to deploy IoT networks in over 170 countries. Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site.
About Smart Paddock
Smart Paddock is an Australian based company that provides a livestock management platform utilizing smart GPS ear tags that provide real-time information on the health status, behaviors, and accurate GPS location of all the animals in the herd while they are still out in the paddock. Our smart tags and software will identify issues and key behaviors to alert the farmer so they can take the appropriate actions to keep their herds healthy and secure. For more information, please visit www.smartpaddock.com
Semtech Corporation is a leading global supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for infrastructure, high-end consumer and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com.