ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that ZTE and Semtech will officially start to develop Geolocation Gateways after the 2017 Global Event for Digital Business exhibition (CeBIT) taking place March 20-24.
LoRa technology has a GPS-free geolocation functionality (LoRa geolocation) that enables a wide range of applications required to determine location as part of the solution. On January 28th 2016, ZTE and Semtech signed a memorandum of understanding for global strategic cooperation (cooperation MoU) to, among other things, incorporate Semtech’s LoRa devices and RF wireless technology (LoRa technology) into ZTE’s IoT solution portfolio for low power wide area networks (LPWAN). Under the cooperation MoU, the companies will jointly carry out gateway-related research and development in connection with the LoRa geolocation feature in order to meet various needs of IoT applications for LPWAN in China. Since the execution of the cooperation MoU in early 2016, ZTE has rapidly developed its LoRaWAN-based application ecosystem in China. Now, ZTE is ready to make its IoT solutions commercially available and focus on enhanced features like LoRa geolocation.
"The strategic collaboration with ZTE to bring GPS-free geolocation to LoRaWAN-based solutions in China will give companies a low cost, easily implementable solution for a wide range of IoT applications,” said Mike Wong, Vice President of Marketing for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “Asset tracking, logistics and supply chain management, and smart cities are just a few of the IoT applications that can benefit from native GPS-free geolocation in a LoRaWAN network.”
Mr. Liu Jianye, VP of ZTE said: "Through this strategic collaboration with Semtech, ZTE will further enhance its competitiveness position in smart city IoT solutions and paves the way to achieving our M-ICT2.0 goal in China and elsewhere.”