Semtech Corporation in Camarillo, Calif., is collaborating with Australian-based Smart Paddock to integrate its high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms into smart tags for the livestock industry to provide real-time information to producers.
The collaboration features the implementation of Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard into Smart Paddock’s Bluebell smart global positioning system (GPS) ear tag to monitor livestock location as well as to analyze the cattle’s behavioral data to solve real world livestock management issues.
According to Smart Paddock, the Bluebell smart GPS ear tags are the smallest and lightest in the industry. The Bluebell tag can support and encourage farmers to add other operational Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to their farms to monitor water level, set up electric fences that utilize an existing LoRaWAN network, among more. More than 1,200 tracking devices have been deployed over the last 3 years across farm properties in Australia and New Zealand, and more than 10,000 deployments are planned in the next year.