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India institute teaches students about LoRa technology

Steve Rogerson
July 12, 2017

The Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Tamil Nadu, India, proposes to introduce Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless RF technology to its students as an opportunity to learn more about the platform, the LoRaWan protocol and the IoT.
Mohan Maheswaran, chief executive officer of Semtech, will speak to students about the importance of LoRa technology and its benefits to multiple verticals, including smart building, smart cities, supply chain and logistics, metering, and agriculture.
VIT plans to set up a laboratory with LoRa-based gateways, a server and developer kits, and conduct on-site technical guidance to train faculty. The lab will be designed for students to experiment with LoRaWan-enabled applications that can impact and solve real-world problems that society faces daily, including air pollution, water quality management and traffic congestion.
“In the last few years, IoT technologies have been constantly developing, creating a demand for more engineers with technical skills geared towards IoT,” said GV Selvam, vice president of campus at VIT. “With our collaboration with Semtech, VIT will be able to better teach our students how to develop cutting-edge IoT applications using Semtech LoRa technology.”
Periodically, California-based Semtech will also conduct regular workshops and training classes for students to empower them as well as help them design LoRa-enabled devices. With their devices, students can have the opportunity to participate in IoT-based events and showcase their applications.
“This is a great opportunity to teach VIT students about LoRa technology so they will be more competitive and prepared engineers in the growing field of IoT,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president at Semtech. “Semtech’s LoRa technology is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution that connects our planet intelligently and is transforming the IoT industry.”
LoRa technology is a long-range, low-power system for the IoT that gives telecoms companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products and IoT services worldwide.
Metova, an app, IoT and development company with customers such as Microsoft, Yale, eHarmony and Dropbox, has joined the LoRa Alliance.