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LoRaWAN-Based Network in Japan Now Open for Field Testing Internet of Things Applications

Semtech Corp.has announced that its LoRawireless RF technology will be featured in a new low power, wide area network (LPWAN) deployed by regional telecom carrier Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West (NTT West) in the Kansai area of Japan to field test a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications such as smart metering and agriculture, system monitoring of networks and equipment, asset and people tracking, and environmental warning systems.

The purpose of the field trial is to test the commercial feasibility of various IoT use cases on NTT Wests LoRaWAN-based LPWAN. Participants selected for inclusion in the field trial will be able to deploy and test their applications on the NTT West network. Semtech LoRa technology is a key component in the field trial as participants will use sensors and data aggregation services from members of the LoRa Alliance to ensure they are LoRaWAN-compliant. Another goal of the trial program is to solicit feedback from participating companies through information sharing sessions, meetings and surveys.

“We are excited to launch our new LPWAN for field testing so that we can validate various use cases for our network and collect valuable information we can use to enhance our IoT offerings,” said Shigenori HORI, senior manager of NTT Wests Business Design Department. “After careful research, we chose a LoRaWAN-based network platform because it offered a large ecosystem of open standards-based solutions through the LoRa Alliance, while also providing the long range and low power requirements our customers need at a low cost. Now that we have launched the field trials, we are looking forward to seeing and sharing the results.”

“It’s great to see a carrier like NTT West play a leadership role in deploying and testing a LPWAN for IoT applications in Japan,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president and general manager of Semtechs Wireless and Sensing Product Group. “We are looking forward to seeing the various IoT use cases that will be enabled by this network. We are also pleased that after reviewing several solutions, they chose a network based on the LoRaWAN specification, which, through the LoRa Alliance, is quickly becoming a global standard for IoT applications requiring long range, low power and low cost.”

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