Semiconductor Solutions for IoT Environmental Monitoring

Monitoring, measurement, data collection, and analysis leading to actionable insights are among the core benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT), regardless of industry. When it comes to the environment, IoT connectivity enables highly scalable and robust networks of “always-on” sensors.

Possibly in remote areas or difficult terrain, these sensor networks can drive significant impact to combat climate change and create a more sustainable environment, such as:

  • Improved conservation of energy, water and resources
  • Deforestation prevention
  • Ecosystem preservation
  • Endangered species protection and poaching prevention
  • Environmental information about water, air or other pollution that impact health
  • Preservation of biodiversity

The long range, low power and long battery life of Semtech's LoRa® wireless radio frequency platform offers an ideal solution for environmental IoT monitoring applications that depend on battery-powered sensors. Using the unlicensed spectrum, sensors featuring LoRa ICs seamlessly communicate over indoor or outdoor public, private or hybrid LoRaWAN® networks. Networks are complementary to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Cellular.

IoT solutions enabled by Semtech’s LoRa ICs are used globally for real-time detection and measurement of environmental indicators, flagging potential problems before they escalate. Semtech also offers electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection solutions, ideal for circuit protection in low power wide area network infrastructure.

Discover our semiconductor solutions for your smart environment sensors and equipment.

Getting Started: IoT Environmental Monitoring Sensors

Sensors for IoT-based environmental monitoring are highly customizable based on need. Prevalent use cases include:

  • Air quality monitoring (methane, CO, pollution)
  • Deforestation prevention
  • Disaster communications
  • Endangered species protection
  • Flood monitoring
  • Natural disaster monitoring
  • Radiation leak detection
  • Wastewater and groundwater system monitoring

Step one is to decide the right design path for your needs: see our Build vs. Buy: What’s Your Hardware Approach? 

Use the simplified block diagram below as a basis for designing your own smart environment sensors. You can find available Semtech LoRa and circuit protection options through the product links below.

Battery SupplyOutput DeviceActuatorIndicatorAlarmSensingMCUPressureFlowRadiationToxic FumesEtc. LoRaTransceiver CircuitProtection

Other Resources

If you prefer to purchase a smart environment sensor rather than design your own, explore Semtech’s LoRa development boards and commercially available module and sensor options through our ecosystem:


IoT Applications for Environment
LoRa-based Wildlife Protections with Smart Parks