Smart Cities

Everyday municipal operations are made more efficient with LoRa Technology’s long range, low power, secure, and GPS-free geolocation features. By connecting city services such as lighting, parking, waste removal, and more, cities can optimize the use of utilities and personnel to save time and money. 

White Papers

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Municipalities are integrating LPWANs to digitally transform citywide infrastructures. This e-book details four smart city applications with LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard that improve and streamline day-to-day operations, enhance public services and enable a better life for everyone.
Smart Cities of the Future
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Transformation of Switzerland's postal service with LoRa and LoRaWAN Download this white paper to learn how Swiss Post and national telecom provider Swisscom integrated LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol in order to transform Switzerland’s postal service, leveraging low power wide area networks (LPWANS) to increase customer access.
The Digital Transformation of Switzerland’s Postal Service with LoRa® Devices and the LoRaWAN® Protocol
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LoRa devices smart planet use case e-book Download this e-book to learn how LoRa devices are being utilized to create a sustainable and smart planet with featured solutions from ecosystem companies including Axino, Birdz, Smart Parks, and WaterBit.
LoRa® Devices: Smart Planet Use Case Overview
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Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN trials white paper by LoRa Alliance The white paper is an overview of use cases across regions combining two powerful technologies.
Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN® Trials
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LoRaWAN connects smart city applications white paper by LoRa Alliance The connection of infrastructure and services in a city includes buildings, businesses and municipal assets, and operates alongside smart buildings, smart vehicles and smart utilities. The common goal is to make money, save money or achieve compliance. This LoRa Alliance® white paper explores how LoRaWAN® enables Smart Cities.
Why LoRaWAN Is the Connectivity Platform for Smart City Applications
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Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN white paper from LoRa Alliance Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN are two of the most adopted unlicensed technologies and together they address a large proportion of IoT use cases. The Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN Deployment Synergies white paper intends to demonstrate how these two widely deployed IoT Connectivity technologies can be utilized in tandem to effectively support a vast array of use cases.
Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN®  Deployment Synergies
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How Calgary, Canada utilized LoRa and LoRaWAN Municipalities are embracing smart city technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to provide better services for citizens. The City of Calgary has evolved into one of the most innovative cities in Canada.
LoRa Technology: How Calgary Built and Utilizes One of the First City-owned LoRaWAN-based Networks
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LoRa smart cities use cases e-book Smart city technology is changing the way cities, governments and citizens interact, and LoRa Technology is enabling these solutions.
LoRa Technology Real World Solutions: Smart Cities
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Discover applications for LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol by downloading an infographic. 

Explore how LoRa-enabled devices are working to solve the ongoing global water and sanitation crisis.
Water Sanitation For All With LoRa
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Nordic Propeye has integrated Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® standard in its HVAC optimization solution.
Optimize Building Management
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Day in a Life Infographic Learn how LoRa, the long range low power technology from Semtech, and the LoRaWAN standard have the power to change our world and transform our daily lives.
A Day in a Life With LoRa
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We believe every IoT device should have a low power geolocation ready feature –whether it's a mobile asset or a fixed asset. This is now possible, thanks to LoRa® devices, the LoRaWAN® standard and the LoRa Edge™ asset management platform.
The Future of Geolocation Has Arrived
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10 things about LoRaWAN and NB-IoT infographic Which wireless network solution is right for your application? Compare the qualities of low power wide area network (LPWAN) solutions side by side in this helpful infographic.
10 Things About LoRaWAN & NB-IoT
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Real-World Deployments

See how LoRa Technology has enabled operational efficiencies in these real-world smart city applications.

Smart City Street Lighting

CITiLIGHT's VELOCITi™ LMS smart lighting platform, featuring LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard, has saved 1.29 billion kWh of energy through smart street lighting implementation in more than 100 Indian cities.

Smart City Street Lighting
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Smart Islands Project

ICTnexus' Smart Islands project features a LoRaWAN network, enabling several smart island use cases including energy metering, water management, air quality and weather stations, street light operation, asset tracking, and emergency notifications (tsunami sirens).

Smart Islands Project
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The Town of Cary, North Carolina, SAS Institute and Semtech are coming together to build a unique Center of Excellence focused on LoRa-enabled technology solutions that will positively impact the lives of Cary’s citizens. 

Center of Excellence
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Urban Forest Management with LoRa

ICT International’s range of plant physiology devices monitor the health of the urban forest in real time via a LoRaWAN network, providing valuable ecosystem services to the community as well as measurable carbon capture.

Urban Forest Management
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Swiss Post “Order Pens” leverage Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® standard, to provide universal postal service to Swiss citizens and businesses. 

On-Demand Postal Services
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LoRa smart city blockchain network

MXC’s blockchain business model utilizes participants who serve as “supernodes” who deploy and share their own personal IoT gateway, producing a massive data highway with extensive LoRaWAN network coverage. 

Smart City Blockchain Networks
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LoRa remote equipment monitoring

Packetworx's automated packetSENSE Current Clamp electricity monitoring solution and packetSWITCH remote rebooting device leverage the LoRaWAN® protocol to remotely monitor the functionality of automated teller machines (ATMs) and other critical equipment.

Remote Equipment Monitoring
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LoRa smart cities connecting a South Korean expressway

Korea Expressway Corporation leverages LoRa for landslip detectors, road-freezing sensors, electronic displays, fire extinguishers in tunnels, and expressway lights, in addition to parking space and trash bin fill monitoring at rest areas, and real-time condition tracking for shock-absorbing barriers and guardrails.

South Korean Expressways
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LoRa-based abnormal energy use detection

NetOP's smart energy consumption monitoring solution based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol, named the “Octopus,” leverages LoRa devices’ advantages for real-time data monitoring to detect abnormal spikes in energy consumption in city substations.

Abnormal Energy Use Detection
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LoRa & LoRaWAN complement citywide Wi-Fi

The Metropolitan Government of Seoul, South Korea plans to deploy up to 1,000 LoRaWAN network gateways to complement the municipal Wi-Fi and provide the foundation for Seoul’s innovative, next-generation smart city applications.

Complementing Citywide Wi-Fi
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LoRa smart metering & lighting solutions

OrionM2M's smart meters and luminaire controllers utilize embedded LoRa devices to connect to the Cloud via public LoRaWAN networks and OrionGateways.

Smart Metering & Lighting Solutions
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Application Briefs & Use Cases

Learn more about specific applications of LoRa Technology in smart cities.

SAS uses data from LoRaWAN sensors, AI and streaming analytics to prevent flood damage and predict flooding patterns.
SAS Flood Prediction
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Internet of Things enabled smart golf course Shaganappi Point Golf Course in the City of Calgary utilizes LoRa-based devices to track pace of play and improve operational efficiencies.
Smart Golf Course
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LoRa smart city acoustic sound monitoring The Urban Alliance, a partnership between the City of Calgary and the University of Calgary, utilizes LoRa Technology to monitor and characterize sound.
Real-Time Acoustic Monitoring
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LoRa-based Internet of Things smart island management LoRaWAN-based smart island network from IOTLABS enables sustainable solutions, and has dropped the island’s water usage rates 25%.
Smart Island Management
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LoRa-based Internet of Things smart flood monitor Green Stream Technologies' LoRa-based end-to-end flood monitoring solution is designed using commercial, off-the-shelf ultrasonic sensors.
Smart Flood Monitoring
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LoRa-enabled smart cities utilize smart parking LoRa Technology and CivicSmart offer the most advanced and affordable solutions for smart parking.
Smart Parking
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LoRa-enabled smart city parking management PNI Sensor Corporation's solution with Semtech's LoRa Technology enables the optimal management of parking resources over public or private networks.
Parking Management
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See videos featuring LoRa-based smart cities applications. Watch all LoRa videos here >>

Sidewalk Talk: Unboxing the Amazon Sidewalk Test Kit
Amazon Sidewalk Explained
IoT Applications for Cities
Explore the Smart City of Calgary
Smart Calgary: Building a Smart City
Smart Calgary: City Engineers Adopt LoRa Technology
Smart Calgary: The Urban Alliance and University of Calgary
Smart Calgary: The Urban Alliance and University of Calgary Students
Smart Calgary Use Case: Acoustic Monitoring
Smart Calgary Use Case: Shaganappi Golf Course

Additional Resources

Academy for LoRaWAN

Academy for LoRaWAN provides IoT education for all.


LoRa Products Guide

Explore the complete portfolio of LoRa products.


Other Semtech Solutions for Smart Cities

In addition to the low power wide area network solutions enabled by LoRa Technology, Semtech offers a wide portfolio of IC chipsets for electronics in smart cities.