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Semtech uses LoRa to provide smart water in Spain

Steve Rogerson
April 17, 2018



Spanish IoT services company IoTsens has integrated Semtech LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology into its smart water platform.
 
IoTsens entered a joint venture with Facsa, a Spanish integrated water management company, to track and control water management in Castellón, Spain. Established in 1873, Facsa provides services to more than four million citizens in 70 cities. In addition to smart water metering, IoTsens provides Facsa with sound, air quality, smart parking and irrigation among other IoT services for its smart city project.
 
“Our smart water platform provides Castellón with relevant and valuable information for the daily management and optimisation of its resources,” said Ignacio Llopis, CEO of IoTsens. “Integrating Semtech’s LoRa technology in our smart water platform was an easy and seamless process. We were able to quickly integrate, deploy and test 600 smart water meters for a proof of concept, paving the way for the current Facsa comprehensive rollout of 30,000 water meters.”
 
A single base station using LoRa technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors from 25 to 50km away in rural areas.
 
“The LoRa-based sensors, with their long range and low power capabilities, are able to collect and communicate important household data to accurately track and control water management,” said Vivek Mohan, director of IoT at Semtech. “The IoTsens system also can quickly detect leaks, breakdowns and manipulation of the water supply network in real time, preventing loss of service and costly repairs. More cities are adopting IoT technology, such as Semtech’s LoRa technology, to improve efficiencies and make a smarter planet.”
 
LoRa technology allows battery lifetime of up to ten years depending on the application and enables tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption.
 
Established in 2014, IoTsens is a division of the Grupo Gimeno Holding, which specialises in hardware and software for the IoT. The company provides scalable and interoperable ways to collect and exchange data connecting the physical and digital world to improve efficiency and accuracy and provide economic benefits.
 
The LoRaWan open protocol, provided by the LoRa Alliance, ensures interoperability among applications, IoT providers and telecoms operators to speed adoption and deployment.