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LoRa rounds up cattle for Chipsafer

Steve Rogerson
September 5, 2017



Chipsafer, a Uruguayan start-up focused on IoT services for cattle management, used Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless RF technology to develop its ranching platform.
 
Chipsafer sensors use LoRaWan-based gateways and the LoRaWan protocol to relay data from livestock sensors, including body temperature, local humidity and geolocation.
 
Together with Loriot, SES and the European Space Agency, Chipsafer conducted three pilot programmes for its cattle management products in Namibia, Kenya and Luxembourg. During the programmes, it combined the long-range, low-power benefits of LoRa technology and LoRaWan with the ability of satellite technology to reach anywhere on the planet. This combination allowed Chipsafer to deploy its products in remote locations, providing ranchers with deeper insights about their business operations.
 
“Semtech’s LoRa technology provides us a powerful frame with which to build our platform,” said Victoria Alonsoperez, founder at Chipsafer. “The low costs of manufacturing and deploying allowed us to focus on what our customers need most.”
 
One of the key benefits of Chipsafer’s IoT application is the ability to track cattle and monitor their movements. The sensors using Semtech’s LoRa technology relay an animal’s position to the rancher and sends alerts when the animal deviates from its normal path allowing ranchers to track their livestock better.
 
“Cattle theft is on the rise globally and Semtech’s LoRa technology can track cattle herds in real time,” said Vivek Mohan, director at California-based Semtech. “LoRa technology’s long-range, low-power capabilities let our customers develop use case applications that maintain optimal security for data and location.”
 
Chipsafer is a platform that can track and detect anomalies in livestock behaviour at any time and place with the aim of isolating the outbreak of such anomalies as soon as possible. Its goal is to develop a global IoT platform that uses LPWAN sensors equipped with GPS or Galileo receivers to track the position of cattle, and determine the health of each animal using proprietary algorithms.