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Semtech Partnership with eleven-x Brings LoRa Technology to Canada

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eleven-x uses LoRa Wireless RF Technology to launch first carrier-grade low power, wide area network (LPWAN) in Canada

Camarillo, California – January 04, 2017

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced its award-winning LoRa® devices and Wireless RF Technology are being used by eleven-x, a software developer for wireless telecommunications, for the first carrier-grade IoT network rollout throughout Canada.

The eleven-x LPWAN uses Semtech’s LoRa Technology to offer a long-range wireless network at lower investment and power costs, and it is based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol standardized by the LoRa Alliance™ to ensure interoperability with a large ecosystem of IoT applications. It will give businesses, manufacturers and municipalities the capability to implement IoT systems that provide asset tracking, environmental monitoring, health monitoring, lighting control, and water metering for improved efficiency, quality control, crisis diversion, and decision making.

“We aim to accelerate the implementation of IoT applications by businesses and municipalities in Canada,” said Ryan Hickey, CEO and co-founder, eleven-x. “By following the LoRaWAN protocol and joining the LoRa Alliance, we are ensuring end-user sensors and applications are compatible with our IoT network.”

“LoRa Technology provides the eleven-x network a strong feature set that, coupled with the robust ecosystem of LoRa Alliance partners, will help scale IoT adoption throughout Canada,” said Mike Wong, Vice President of Marketing for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “This network rollout is another significant step toward global IoT availability.”

The eleven-x network is currently deployed in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, Canada, and it will soon be deployed to all major cities in the country.

Semtech and eleven-x are members of the LoRa Alliance, a group of more than 400 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications. Through its work with member companies and IoT industry groups, the LoRa Alliance is making LoRaWAN the standard for LPWANs focused on low-power, long-range IoT applications. To date, there are LoRaWAN public and private networks in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Key Features of LoRa Wireless RF Technology:

  • Long Range: A single base station using LoRa Technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas.
  • Low Power: The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 20 years depending on the application.
  • Geolocation: Enables tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption
  • Low Cost: LoRa Technology reduces upfront infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.
  • Open Standard: The LoRaWAN protocol ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.

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About eleven-x

eleven-x is a network operator enabling the Internet of Things. Our purpose-built low power wide area network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing connectivity for a wide variety of sensors and applications. Our network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create smart cities, and realize environmental sustainability. For more information go to www.eleven-x.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 www.semtech.com.

eleven-x lights up Canada with first carrier-grade low power wide area network for Internet of Things (IoT), joins LoRa Alliance™

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December 13, 2016 – Waterloo ON – To serve the growing Canadian demand for next generation connectivity, Waterloo-based eleven-x today launched Canada’s first carrier-grade low power wide area network for Internet of Things (IoT). This network, built on the LoRaWAN™ open global standard, offers private businesses, manufacturers and public institutions the necessary connectivity to gain valuable information from remote, inexpensive low power devices.

Unlike IoT services provided by traditional Canadian carriers with networks built to address voice and data, eleven-x’s network is purpose-built for IoT, offering a lower cost and lower power option, with up to 20 years battery life. This means the network is ideally suited to business, manufacturing, and municipal applications where low power consumption and cost are important factors. The eleven-x IoT network enables real return on investment (ROI) in areas such as remote and on-premises-based asset tracking, lighting control (streets and buildings), water flow monitoring and metering, health monitoring, environmental monitoring, and soil moisture and nutrient monitoring.

The eleven-x IoT network currently serves the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge as well as the Region of Waterloo. The Company intends to roll out a national network providing coverage in all major Canadian cities.

According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide IoT market will grow from $655.8 billion (U.S.) in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 16.9 percent.

“The Canadian market is ripe for innovation with respect to the adoption of IoT for businesses and government,” says Dan Mathers, Chairman and Co-Founder, eleven-x. “Our network, the first of its kind in Canada, is purpose-built for IoT and will enable businesses and municipalities to accelerate the applications and business processes that will allow them to offer new products and services and to operate more efficiently.”

Ryan Hickey, CEO of eleven-x adds, “The low cost, low power characteristics of the eleven-x IoT network will enable many use cases that currently aren’t possible with traditional cellular networks developed for high bandwidth video, data and voice applications. To enable these new applications, we are actively working with global leaders to connect their end-user sensors and applications to our network.”

“From smart metering and lighting, to traffic monitoring, to more efficient services, greater IoT connectivity holds great promise for improving life in Canadian communities. To fully realize the potential of this opportunity, Canada needs a low power, low cost network that can serve as the foundation for machine-to-machine communication. We are excited to see companies from Waterloo Region such as eleven-x stepping forward to provide the critical innovation and infrastructure required to deliver on this promise,” says Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

Semtech (Nasdaq:SMTC) is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, and its award-winning LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology are used in the eleven-x wide area network to ensure its compatibility with existing infrastructure and long battery life. Semtech LoRa technology is a proven solution for LPWANs and has been used in large-scale network rollouts in other regions throughout the world, such as China, France, Japan, and the U.K.

“Semtech’s LoRa Technology, used in eleven-x’s vast LPWAN for Canada, is uniquely equipped to enable long range IoT networks that operate on low power and provide reliable connectivity,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “By enabling IoT application deployment for businesses, city infrastructure, agriculture, medical facilities, and others, eleven-x is giving people in Canada the resources to help avoid traffic congestion, reduce waste, improve production, automate manual processes and more, through real time data transmission via the Cloud.”

eleven-x joins LoRa Alliance

eleven-x also announced today its membership in the LoRa Alliance, an open global standard for secure, carrier-grade Low Power IoT connectivity. eleven-x’s Low Power WAN network is deployed with the LoRaWAN™ protocol, based on Semtech LoRa Wireless RF Technology. The LoRaWAN protocol, followed by over 400 companies worldwide in the LoRa Alliance, ensures interoperability between all emerging IoT services and applications to help scale adoption.

“We welcome eleven-x to the LoRa Alliance, and look forward to their LoRaWAN network rollout in Canada, which will further extend our rapidly growing LoRaWAN ecosystem,” said Geoff Mulligan, chairman of the LoRa Alliance. “eleven-x is one of over 400 companies that support the LoRa Alliance’s goal to enable IoT by offering low power, carrier-grade connectivity that is interoperable with other networks and IoT solutions.”

About eleven-x

eleven-x is a network operator enabling the Internet of Things. Our purpose-built low power wide area network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing connectivity for a wide variety of sensors and applications. Our network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create smart cities, and realize environmental sustainability. For more information go to www.eleven-x.com.

About Semtech Corporation

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, enterprise 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 www.semtech.com. Semtech, the Semtech logo, LoRa and LoRaWAN are registered trademarks or service marks of Semtech Corporation and/or its affiliates.

 

Eleven-x Brings Low-Power Wide Area Network to Waterloo for IOT

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I am proud to share this article on eleven-x, featured in The Waterloo Region Record. The article describes a low-power wide area network that we have set up for the city’s use, for the purpose of connecting wireless sensors to the Cloud and testing the many uses that sensors will have in our lives.

We are grateful for the support of our local post-secondary institutions (University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College) and technology hubs (Communitech and Accelerator Centre). This is an exciting time for not just the wireless industry but for our community. This is the first public network of its kind in Canada, and is a major step towards realizing the potential of the Internet of Things.

Eleven-x boasts a world-class team developing wireless tech for IOT. We are looking for Senior Wireless Software Developers to join us! Visit our Careers page.

 

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016: Big Hype and Real Data

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It is hard to believe that it has been a year since our first trip to Mobile World Congress (MWC). And as we madly prepare for this year’s conference, we reflect on last year’s event, and look forward to what we will learn and who we will connect with this time.

The exciting thing about MWC is that everyone in the industry goes. But behind all the flash of new product announcements and press releases, the engineers and decision makers from the trenches are also there to show off their hard work. Here you can meet the key players, find out the real story behind what they are doing, and learn the actual state of play.

A year ago, the wireless IOT solutions movement was just gaining traction. And in the year since, it has become the biggest story in telecoms. Talk of low bit rate, low-power networks has dominated wireless conversations, and the term LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Networks) became the hot acronym of the year.

Last year we met a group of engineers from a little company called Nuel who had just been bought by Huawei in 2014. They were excitedly showing off their prospective wireless technology for IOT applications that they had just introduced to the 3GPP standards body. We were impressed by the simplicity of their system. It was a wild ride for them this past year, as their technology was put through the 3GPP wringer. It merged with other technologies and was renamed at least twice. I hope we get a chance to meet these guys at the Narrowband-IOT summit at MWC, hear their version of the journey, and compare notes on current proposed solutions.

Having spent the last year implementing LTE CAT-1 and CAT-0 and looking at LTE-M, we have a good grasp of the possibilities and challenges here. But 3GPP is offering multiple paths for IOT: LTE-M, NB-IOT, and EC-GSM. This leaves a lot of questions in terms of who is deploying what and where. We are going to MWC for answers. We will be talking to carriers, module makers, chipset manufacturers and infrastructure vendors to build a picture of the market’s direction and also build key partnerships.

Another company we met last year was SIGFOX. Almost exactly a year ago, this French start-up announced a $115M funding round to build out its network globally. They made a bold move to build a worldwide IOT network in unlicensed bands, and took an innovative approach to driving adoption: by giving away the technology. The team was passionate and confident. But in the last year, their success has generated many rivals. This year we will talk to them again, and discuss how their expansion is going. We will also talk to representatives of their top competitor, LoRa. I still have doubts that these ISM technologies can provide a scalable, sustainable solution in the long term, but I look forward to discussion and competing opinions.

Virtualization was a big topic last year. Both core and RAN are primed for radical transformation. Last year NFV was being promoted by all the big infrastructure and equipment vendors. During the year we were lucky enough to get a front row seat to some initial testing of a vEPC solution. I am interested to see advances in virtualization: vRAN or cloudRAN blows my mind. The possibilities on how spectrum will be managed in the future using virtualization are astounding. This will be the really transformative part of 5G. While there were a couple of interesting demos last year, I hope to see some truly innovative stuff this year.

MWC 2016 is a huge, exciting event where the big players put on a big show. But it also gives us smaller guys a one-stop shop for access to the key players – of all sizes – in mobile. While being in the thick of the hype will be exciting, we expect to achieve and learn a lot. And going to Barcelona, well that is just icing on the cake.

Published on EETimes: Fragmentation Looms in IOT

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Our Co-Founder and CTO Fraser Gibbs is now a continuing contributor to esteemed industry website EETimes.com. Aimed towards the global networking and electronics community, EETimes has published Fraser’s article on the Internet of Things (IOT). Specifically, Fraser explains how the 3GPP standards body is failing to serve the looming needs of IOT, and the repercussions of this failure.

Anyone developing products for the low-power, wide area wireless market will find this article of interest. Take a read and feel free to comment online or message Fraser Gibbs. Thanks so much for reading.

Eleven-x Joins AC JumpStart Program

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We are pleased to announce that eleven-x has been accepted into the third cohort of the Accelerator Centre’s AC JumpStart Program. Funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, participants receive $30,000 in seed capital (matched by the recipients). In addition to this funding, we will also benefit from the wisdom and experience of AC’s in-house mentors, plus access to market research and connections with investors. Eleven-x is already familiar with the expertise at Accelerator Centre, as shared in this post on our mentors.

Eleven-x is fortunate to be included among companies considered able to reach the ambitious milestones on the path to growth and success!  We are dedicated to reaping the rewards of AC JumpStart, and thank Accelerator Centre, FedDev Ontario, WLU, UW, and Conestoga College for delivering this program. Click here for more information and to see how to apply to JumpStart for the next cohort.

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The Need for a Dedicated Cellular IOT Solution

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In previous blogs, we have discussed various aspects of The Internet of Things (IOT). Since attending Mobile World Congress, our thoughts on the state of wireless technologies in IOT have evolved a great deal. In the white paper “The Need For a Dedicated Cellular IOT Solution” I share our thoughts on the key requirements for wireless IOT, and what is needed to really launch certain IOT sectors. The paper relies on technical requirements to make our conclusion, but at an intuitive level, if we are going to have 20+ billion connected things, then we should have a devoted IOT cellular network.