Semtech and SK Telecom Leverage LoRa Technology to Monitor Cattle Health

LiveCare LoRa-based IoT system enables accurate analysis of a cow’s
health and milk producing ability

(Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance
analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms,
announced that SK
, one of South Korea’s largest telecommunication providers,
has created an Internet of Things (IoT) cattle healthcare solution
leveraging Semtech’s LoRa®
devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology)
The product, LiveCare,
is a LoRa-equipped bio-capsule which is implanted into a cow’s
gastrointestinal tract and monitors for a variety of health indicators.

“Semtech’s LoRa Technology allows us to monitor cow health in
real-time,” said Taehee Moon, Project Leader for the Small Farm Project
Group of SK Telecom. “Our unique solution lets farmers know immediately
when a cow’s health is compromised. It takes the guesswork out of
farming and lets the rancher focus on preventing cattle disease.
Healthier cows mean more milk can be produced and dairy farms can focus
more on growing their business.”

LiveCare’s LoRa-based IoT hardware is embedded in a bio-capsule, and the
device implants itself in a cow’s ruminant stomach to continuously
collect data. Ranchers monitor the data transmitted from the devices for
anomalies in a cow’s body temperature and other vitals to detect the
onset of disease, estrus and to forecast delivery of calves. Unlike
other solutions, the LiveCare device is shielded from being tampered
with by outside conditions due to its strategic position inside the cow
itself. This solution is expected to drastically improve the quality of
life for the cow and by extension the cattle as a whole on the dairy
farm. Healthier cows result in higher quality of milk, meat and higher
earnings for the farmer. A trial run on a South Korean farm using the
technology showed an increase in annual milk harvest of 1,200 liters per
cow, an increase of $1,100 in income per cow for the farmer and an
additional $400 in savings for each estrus successfully planned using
the LiveCare solution. SK Telecom plans on extending its services to
provide automatic notification to ranchers of contagious disease as well
as location tracking in the near future.

“LoRa Technology is the solution of choice for agriculture due to its
long range, ease of deployment, ease of use, and flexibility,” said
Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products
Group. “With LoRa, ranchers are empowered knowing that their animals are
being monitored as efficiently as possible. Smart agriculture is just
one example of how Semtech’s LoRa Technology is creating a smarter

Learn more about LoRa
and smart
agriculture applications

About Semtech’s LoRa® Devices and Wireless RF Technology

Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a
widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives telecom
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 and
Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance™, the fastest growing
IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications. To learn more
about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa
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About SK Telecom

SK Telecom is Korea’s largest telecommunications company with more than
29 million mobile subscribers, which accounts for around 50 percent of
the total market. Armed with unmatched competitiveness in mobile
connectivity, SK Telecom is actively developing powerful platforms
(Lifestyle Enhancement Platform, Media Platform and IoT Platform) aimed
at delivering optimal value to customers and sustaining growth in the
rapidly changing business environment. For more information, visit:

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high performance analog and
mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms 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

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