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Indoor air, environment quality sensors leverage LoRaWAN

Aug. 19, 2021
IQnexus and Semtech have announced a partnership to enhance building automation functions and benefit building owners with the launch of new indoor air and environment quality sensors utilizing LoRaWAN technology.

Semtech Corp. (NASDAQ: SMTC), a supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, has announced its collaboration with IQnexus, provider of internet of things (IoT) end-to-end platforms and integration into building automation systems.

The partnership will see the IQnexus lines of Indoor Air (IAQ) & Environment Quality (IEQ) sensors integrated with Semtech’s LoRa devices, which run via the LoRaWAN technology standard, for use in building automation applications.

The IAQ sensors from IQnexus are billed as featuring no ongoing cloud fees, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions and meeting compliance with the WELL and RESET standards — key benchmark standards for building owners.

The partners say the use and integration of LoRa and LoRaWAN technology into the IAQ sensors seamlessly integrate the sensors into existing building infrastructures, owing to the platforms' easy to deploy and cost-effectiveness capabilities.

“When developing the new IAQ sensors, we decided to take on a completely different approach to how IoT can improve a building’s air quality,” explained Michael Welzel, chief technology officer, IQnexus.

He continued, “For an easy, on-premise solution we chose to implement Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard into the indoor sensor for building owners to accurately monitor their building’s indoor air quality all in real-time. The growth of this market has been massive, and collaborating with Semtech was the ideal choice to better improve air quality for all our customers in many countries.”

Through the use and connectivity of LoRaWAN technology, the IQnexus IAQ sensor is able to communicate through standard protocols such as BACnet and ModBus to any building automation/energy management system, as well as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

According to IQnexus, "a typical installation of the IAQ sensors features one IoT platform, installed on an on premise NBNANOs Server, about 20-30 gateways, and 700-1000 sensors for a 30-50 floor building. The sensors cover IAQ and IEQ, as well as provide a higher comfort by measuring single HVAC zones," adds a company statement.

“IQnexus’ implementation of our IoT solutions highlights how flexible and easy to deploy our LoRa solutions are in helping to maintain air quality for all within a building,” concluded Marc Pégulu, vice president of IoT product marketing and strategy for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “Improving the quality of life for humankind and the environment showcases Semtech’s ongoing commitment to create a smarter and greener world through IoT technology.”

Learn more about the IQnexus sensors with LoRaWAN.

Learn more about Semtech’s LoRa devices.

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