Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Alibaba IoT location tracker based on Semtech LoRa

Steve Rogerson
September 25, 2019

Alibaba Cloud, the third largest public cloud services provider globally and the leading cloud provider in the China, has released an IoT-enabled location tracker based on Semtech’s LoRa technology.
“LoRaWan’s extensive networking capabilities enable flexible geolocation tracking for a nearly endless variety of applications, both in China and abroad,” said Wei Ku, vice president of Alibaba. “Our tracker product, part of the Alibaba LinkWan developer platform and complementing the LoRaWan protocol with Semtech’s 2.4G LoRa chip, provides consistent geolocation data without requiring GPS, cellular or additional connectivity, simplifying deployment for those without much IoT experience.”
Alibaba Cloud’s Beagle tracker provides up to 2km of point-to-point location tracking indoor or outdoor, GPS-free. Built on Semtech’s SX1280 LoRa chipset, the tracker allows geolocation functionality without relying on base stations, cellular networks, cloud services or internet connectivity.
A complete Beagle tracking system is said to offer advantages for a range of applications, including personnel and asset management, small device loss, theft prevention, and pet and child monitoring.
“The Beagle tracker, integrated with Semtech’s proven LoRa devices and the open LoRaWan protocol, offers customers a flexible, easy-to-use solution to geolocation tracking,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president at Semtech. “The tracker deploys in less than a minute and delivers real-time and reliable geolocation data, allowing customers simplified access to their assets’ locations in real time. Enhanced coverage helps combat asset loss and theft, saving customers money.”
Semtech’s LoRa devices are widely adopted for IoT to give telecoms companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWan specification have been deployed in 100 countries.
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, is one the world’s top three IaaS providers, according to Gartner. It is also the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and public services.