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Semtech partners with Pervasive Nation

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, has announced that its LoRa® devices and Wireless RF Technology will be used in a new low power, wide area network (LPWAN) deployed across Ireland called Pervasive Nation. The nationwide network is a program of CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Center for Future Networks and Communications, headquartered at the world-famous Trinity College Dublin. The LoRaWAN network will be used to facilitate Internet of Things (IoT) research and innovation.

Semtech LoRa Technology was chosen for its extensive feature-set that includes long-range capability and long battery lifetime for end-devices. It also offers geolocation, deep signal penetrability, and adherence to the open, standardized LoRaWAN protocol. The network design and management is a collaborative effort by Davra Networks, a cloud-based software provider, OrbiWise, a leading provider of infrastructure solutions for IoT, and the CONNECT Centre at Trinity College Dublin, which will manage the program. CONNECT aims to use Pervasive Nation to catalyze IoT research and development in Ireland.LoRa Technology aims to improve day-to-day activities for both consumers and enterprises by automating processes ranging from public infrastructure to domestic applications. CONNECT’s Pervasive Nation will be used, for example, to improve campus management by monitoring temperature in buildings and lighting control.

“LoRaWAN network infrastructure gives maximum capacity, range and signal strength, while operating on low battery to ensure limited maintenance and operating expenses,” said Val Jelinic, Program Manager for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Product Group. “The robust feature set of LoRa is ideal for a large scale network rollout like Pervasive Nation, which will enable the adoption of IoT in Ireland so residents, businesses and municipalities can implement more efficient, automated processes for a variety of applications, such as campus and infrastructure management, asset tracking, traffic monitoring, and more.”
“The Pervasive Nation network combines LoRa’s robust feature set with OrbiWise’s flexible and cost-effective technology to enable IoT Research, innovation and education throughout Ireland,” said Professor Linda Doyle, Director of CONNECT and Professor of Engineering and the Arts at Trinity College Dublin. “By using the standardized LoRaWAN protocol, and being part of the LoRa Alliance, we aim to provide this national resource to individual researchers, educational institutes or businesses in order to shape the IoT future.”

Key Features of LoRa RF Technology:

  • 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 15-30 miles away in rural areas.
  • Low Power: The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 20 years depending on the application.
  • Low Cost: LoRa reduces up front infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.
  • Open Standard: LoRaWAN ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.


About Davra

Davra Networks develops a cloud-based software platform, RuBAN, that allows system integrators and network VARs to build managed network and data services in the area of transportation and the “Internet of Things.” This emerging industry is expected to add over 50 billion new Internet connected devices by 2020 in what should become a service-driven marketplace. Davra is ideally placed to serve this market with its intelligent system for gathering only the most relevant data at the edge and presenting it in a way that helps system integrators impact costs and performance. For more information about Davra Networks, visit

About OrbiWise

OrbiWise SA is a leading international solution provider for LPWA IoT networks based on LoRa technology and is a contributing member of the LoRa Alliance. OrbiWise’s customers deploy LPWA networks in smart city, precise agriculture and industrial applications – amongst others. OrbiWise’s UbiQ LoRa Core Network Solution is an industry-leading product that provides the intelligence to run, maintain and observe the operations of LoRa Networks. The company is headquartered in Plan- Les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland.


CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, 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


CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

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