LoRa® Devices Improve Facility Hygiene and Mitigate Infection Risk
20 August 2020 / by Raphael Atayi
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly raised facility hygiene awareness among enterprises across the globe. As businesses reopen and resume operation, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices have been instituted to address the health and safety of workers, tenants, customers, and others who pass through facilities. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Semtech’s LoRa® devices have emerged as the building blocks enabling safe and secure workplace solutions – allowing companies to adapt and maintain new levels of hygiene.
Available LoRa-based Solutions for COVID-19 Support
Here are some solutions, many designed specifically for addressing COVID-19 threats that transform inert brick-and-mortar structures into safer, more efficient smart buildings:
Touchless Check-in – Automates registration processes and prescreens individuals. Kiosk with infrared temperature sensor delivers interactive experience for employees and visitors prior to entering facility.
Predictive Cleaning – Monitors and records traffic and usage data in designated high-use areas. When pre-defined thresholds are reached, facility management receives alerts to augment regularly scheduled cleaning practices.
Occupancy Monitoring – Identifies how space is utilized and provides historical data to inform decisions. These solutions help maintain social distancing measures such as space between employee workstations.
Indoor Air Quality – Helps ensure ventilation systems operate properly and provide acceptable air quality for occupancy level in each space. Sensors measure real-time temperature, humidity and CO2 levels to trigger increased and safer ventilation rates.
LoRa-based facility hygiene solution providers include Axino, Careband, Hygia Connect, Microshare, Pinchin, and SmartConnect. These solutions for COVID-19 support, and more, can be found on our website.
Now that businesses are progressively opening, there is an increased urgency and priority being placed on these types of hygiene applications by facility managers and human resource departments. However, there are several different technology options becoming available in the marketplace that have caused some confusion during the selection and purchasing process. Here are some key criteria to use when evaluating solutions:
- Maintenance frequency
- Required infrastructure
- Scalability & capability to evolve
- Integration to existing enterprise-IT
- Total Cost of Ownership
LoRa® devices provide enterprises with the ability to address these areas of concern while preparing an infrastructure to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) for additional smart building solutions.
LoRa is a long range, low power wireless technology developed by Semtech. By the end of 2020, it is expected there will be more than 180 million LoRa-based devices in use with more than 800,000 LoRa-based gateways deployed worldwide.* The LoRaWAN® specification is a low power, wide area networking (LPWAN) protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery operated sensors to the Internet.
LoRaWAN offers several unique advantages, including extensive network coverage performance in dense structures, low implementation and operating costs, and the ability to transmit data from battery-operated sensors. Businesses have options for creating LoRaWAN networks. They can build a private network to work in conjunction with corporate IT infrastructure or bypass it all together to operate as a separate network. Otherwise, they may choose a service from a public network operator or implement a hybrid of both public and private networks.
To learn more, download our infographic, “Five Considerations for Reopening Safe and Secure Workspaces,” for tips to safeguard the health of workers and enable a safe working environment. Also, be sure to read our next blog in this series to learn about contact tracing and people counting applications.
*Semtech First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Earnings Report
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