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Three team for LoRa tracking at sea

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By Nick Flaherty


Dutch sensor supplier SkyLab has teamed up with local supplier HeNet to provide dual band wireless gateways on a ferry from the Stena Line.

HeNet’s dual band LongAP gateway uses the LoRa low power wide area networking (LPWAN) protocol to provide sub-GHz and 2.4GHz to sensors around the MV Stena Hollandica ferry. These will be used to track cargo and systems on the boat.

“Asset tracking and condition monitoring at sea is now easier than ever through our work with Semtech and its LoRa 2.4GHz technology alongside HeNet’s LongAP Pro gateway,” said Remy Sr de Jong, technical director of SkyLab. “As a result of the joint collaboration, we’re offering a unique dual-band network that is perfect for maritime companies, such as Stena Line, to assist with the approximately 28,000 departures yearly while ensuring client/customer satisfaction and safe tracking/monitoring of the millions of tons of cargo on the vessel.”

The dual band gateway simplifies the roaming of trackers and sensors.

“In a current time where global supply chains are under pressure to increase visibility and predictability, Semtech is continuing to solve these challenges with the expansion of our LoRa portfolio with multi-band capabilities,” said Marc Pégulu, vice president of IoT product marketing and strategy for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “Simplified and cost efficient multi-band support is unlocking potential new uses in worldwide asset tracking such as maritime logistics, through the all-in-one capabilities of LoRa.”

www.skylab.nl; www.henet.be; www.semtech.com.

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