Semtech’s LoRa Technology Improves Canadian University’s Parking Congestion and Waste Management System
LoRa-enabled sensors remotely monitor fill levels of waste bins and parking space usage at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
LoRa Alliance 10th ALL MEMBERS MEETING – Vancouver Canada, June 6, 2018 – Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that eleven-x, a Canadian LoRaWAN™ network provider for advanced Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada’s third largest university by student population, have rolled out smart campus solutions for waste management and parking.
Across the UBC campus, sensors using Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) are installed in waste bins and embedded in pavement to monitor real-time data to gain efficiency and reduce operating costs. Both IoT solutions are connected to eleven-x’s LoRaWAN-based network, and provide real-time data to UBC administrators. In the waste management system, alerts are triggered and pushed to UBC staff when a pre-determined waste level has been reached per bin, indicating waste removal is required. Levels are monitored in real-time through third-party Cloud-enabled applications, optimizing maintenance response. UBC’s smart parking solution is designed to verify which parking spaces are used the most and, specifically, how many spaces are available for those with disabilities. The University plans to use the data collected by the parking sensors to evaluate expansion of parking areas for ease of access and increased efficiency.
“Improving waste and recycling services not only helps the school look more aesthetically pleasing, the LoRa-based solution also enables cost-saving measures in productivity and resource allocation,” said Brian Jones, Director of UBC’s Parking and Access Services. “In streamlining the number of daily pick-ups, we manage our time more effectively, the facilities look better, and we cut costs. For parking, we’re really interested to see what we find in the next few months after analyzing the data. With a parking operation as large as ours, we really need to see where we should expand as well as which areas are underutilized.”
In addition, UBC is also leading research to establish and evaluate both fixed and mobility use cases that demonstrate how LoRa Technology will play a key role in making cities more resilient in the face of disruptions from man-made and natural events. The research will expand the LoRaWAN network across Canada as cities develop IoT services for their communities.
“Since implementing Semtech’s LoRa Technology and the LoRaWAN network, UBC has become a leading campus that provides innovative and smart solutions,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-x. “Our goal is to expand the LoRaWAN network across Canada to build flexible, scalable IoT solutions that better serve the community.”
“The eleven-x and UBC LoRa-based solutions are establishing the benchmark for smarter campuses across Canada, and all over the world,” said Vivek Mohan, Director of the Wireless and Sensing Products Group at Semtech. “The possibilities for LoRa Technology and LoRaWAN use cases are endless and can be deployed now, as we strive to create a smarter planet.”
Semtech and eleven-X are presenting and exhibiting at the LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting in Vancouver, Canada from June 4-7.
About Semtech’s LoRa® Devices and Wireless RF Technology
Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN™ specification have been deployed in over 45 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance™, the fastest growing IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site and join the LoRa Community to access free training as well as an online industry catalog showcasing the products you need for building your ideal IoT application.
About eleven-x Inc
eleven-x, a Contributing Member of the LoRa Alliance™, is a next-generation network operator enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). Our low power wide area network [LPWAN] is Canada’s first and only public coast-to-coast network supporting the use of low-cost sensors and devices for a variety of Smart City and Enterprise IoT applications. Based on LoRaWAN™, an international standard backed by over 500 companies, our carrier-grade network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost-effectively manage assets, create and maintain Smart Cities, and realize environmental sustainability. Follow eleven-X on Twitter: @eleven_x and on LinkedIn. Visit eleven-x.com for more information.
About the University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia is a global center for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world. For more information, visit www.ubc.ca.
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