Homerider Systems/Veolia Deploys New Environmental Data Collection System Based on Semtech’s LoRa™ Platform

  Homerider Systems/Veolia Deploys New Environmental Data Collection System
  Based on Semtech’s LoRa™ Platform

The solution significantly reduces infrastructure cost and improves robustness

Business Wire

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- March 19, 2014

Homerider Systems, a Vienne, France-based subsidiary of Veolia and specialist
in radio network environmental data collection systems, announced a
next-generation system based on the Semtech SX1272 transceiver with LoRa™
long-range RF technology.

Homerider Systems is a worldwide water cycle and services leader offering
water utilities a complete solution to improve efficiency with a broad range
of capabilities and sensors for leak detection, water quality analysis and
pressure monitoring. With networks covering many large cities and more than
four million end points deployed, Veolia is able to easily update these
networks with additional ‘Smart City’ applications.

The LoRa™ technology with its long-range capability is integrated into the
Call Rider+ concentrator and Warm G2 water meters and significantly reduces
the deployment cost for Homerider by eliminating repeaters and concentrators.
Each concentrator now has the capability to collect data from several
thousands of meters over a much wider area. The spread spectrum technology
utilized in LoRa offers significant interference immunity with ultra-low power
consumption to permit extremely long battery life.

“On top of reducing the total cost of ownership for water management
solutions, the LoRa™ technology provides our parent company Veolia a real
market opportunity to provide cities with complementary Smart City
applications thanks to its ultra-low power infrastructure,” said Dominique
Seze, President and CEO of Homerider Systems.

Utilizing Semtech LoRa™ technology enables 10x greater range than competing
systems and the capacity to connect tens of thousands of nodes to a single
gateway in a star architecture while maintaining low power for multi-year
battery operation. This will enable the next wave of applications for Internet
of things (IoT), smart cities, smart environments and machine-to-machine (M2M)

With the increased link budget and range capability of LoRa™ there is no need
for mesh network architecture. A mesh network extends the range of the network
but comes at the cost of reduced network capacity, synchronization overhead
and reduced battery lifetime due to synchronization and hops. To take full
advantage of LoRa™ properties in this application, Semtech has designed the
gateway chip set and media access control (MAC) in addition to the end-node
SX127x transceivers to permit a long-range star architecture with capacity to
handle tens of thousands of nodes per gateway chip.

“We are happy to enable our partner, Homerider Systems, with a superior
solution that is allowing them to capture additional market share,” said Alain
Dantec, Semtech Senior VP and GM of Wireless, Sensing and Timing Product

About Homerider Systems

Homerider Systems, a subsidiary of Veolia, develops, manufactures and deploys
sensor networks for analyzing a variety of environmental data through web
applications. Homerider Systems offer interoperable radio networks serving a
rich ecosystem:

  *Water management (automatic meter reading, leak detection, pressure
    balancing and optimization)
  *Energy management
  *Industrial sensor networks
  *Recycling container management systems
  *Hydrocarbon management systems

For more information about Homerider Systems, contact the company at
contact@homeridersystems.com or by phone at +33 4 74 16 28 02. Their web
address is www.homeridersystems.com.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal
semiconductors for high-end consumer, computing, communications and industrial
equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well
as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it,
and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to
reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green
technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967,
Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC.
For more information, visit http://www.semtech.com.

Semtech, the Semtech logo, and LoRa are marks of Semtech Corporation. All
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