LoRa temperature monitoring sensors simplifies food safety operations
Source: Semtech Corporation
Semtech announced that Laird Connectivity, a wireless connectivity solutions provider, has integrated LoRa devices and LoRaWAN protocol
in temperature monitoring sensors developed for the award-winning ComplianceMate solution, created by CM Systems.
"Semtech's LoRa devices presents exciting new opportunities for restaurants to get smart about their operations, implement more effective food safety systems and drive greater efficiencies," said Steve Getraer, President of CM Systems. "We already had what we felt was a very stable wireless Bluetooth sensor. Through our partnership with Laird Connectivity, we were introduced to LoRa devices and discovered it was secure, low-power and produced a significantly more reliable signal even in difficult conditions.”
CM Systems, the world’s leading provider of monitoring systems for food safety compliance and operational effectiveness, was the first company to incorporate LoRa-based wireless sensors and LoRaWAN networks in a temperature monitoring system for commercial kitchens. Customers range from large restaurant chains such as Shake Shack, Five Guys and Hard Rock Café to growing regional brands like City Barbeque and Hattie B's. The IoT solution penetrates stainless steel doors, concrete walls and even multiple stories, while boosting battery efficiency with sensors that can last for years on off-the-shelf batteries. In February 2018, downtown Nashville experienced a power outage after Hattie B’s had closed for the night. With ComplianceMate’s LoRa-based alert system, store management was notified about the failure immediately and was able to safely transport at-risk product to another facility – saving $35,000 to $50,000 worth of inventory.
"Our LoRa-based gateways
and sensors are purpose-built from the ground up to create secure, scalable, robust LoRa network solutions that stay connected in the harshest environments,” said Jonathan Kaye, Senior Director, Product Management of Laird Connectivity. "Combined with our complete IoT design services capabilities and certification laboratory, we have all the expertise and tools needed to support LoRa projects and ensure successful deployment.”
"Our collaboration with Laird Connectivity and CM Systems allow restaurants to control performance, protect their brand, identify operational deficiencies, and reduce food safety risk,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. "LoRa devices' key capabilities, easy to deploy, long range and low power, make it an ideal IoT platform for cold chain asset tracking.”