Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Skysens picks Semtech for asset tracking at Istanbul Airport

Steve Rogerson
July 9, 2019



Skysens Teknoloji, a Turkish provider of IoT products based on LoRa, has integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology into its smart asset tracking systems for Istanbul Airport.
 
Istanbul Airport has an area of 76.5 million square metres, serves more than 100 million passengers a year and expects to serve around 200 million passengers annually. Skysens deployed an end-to-end IoT system comprised of 3000 LoRa-based sensors with plans to deploy 10,000 total sensors upon the airport’s completion. Additionally, Skysens provided the LoRa-based network and applications to connect the airport’s sensors that will also be leveraged by other airport tenants and airline companies.
 
“Solutions built on Semtech’s LoRa technology deploy simply with minimal infrastructure cost to comprehensively monitor a wide range of airport applications,” said Burak Polat, co-founder and CEO of Skysens. “Airports’ supervisory control and data acquisition (scada) systems monitor infrastructure, but offer no way to oversee an asset’s current condition, location, operational status, or whether maintenance is necessary. LoRa technology allowed Skysens to connect applications across the entirety of Istanbul Airport for effective data monitoring to drive down operational cost and create a smarter, safer airport.”
 
Istanbul Airport leverage Skysens’ LoRa-based geolocation sensors to monitor the location of vehicles, personnel and luggage GPS-free. Skysens’ LoRa-based network infrastructure meets the needs of both indoor and outdoor applications for interoperability and efficient project management. Data from the LoRa-based sensors drive down airport operational expenses by allowing for predictive maintenance, efficient and accurate asset monitoring, and a reduction in energy consumption. All data monitoring and analysis are accomplished through Skysens’ own cloud IoT platform.
 
“Semtech’s LoRa technology gives managers the capacity to track status, data and diagnostics from thousands of assets at once, making it the optimal IoT solution for Istanbul Airport,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president at California-based Semtech. “With LoRa technology, Skysens was able to simplify development and accelerate products to market that successfully capture data from diverse airport applications. These data allow airport managers to more efficiently monitor their fleet and energy use to make smarter decisions and reduce cost.”
 
Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is widely adopted for long-range, low-power IoT deployments that give telecoms companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set needed for low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products and IoT services worldwide.