Semtech, SK Telecom to monitor cattle health

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that SK Telecom, 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 company said.

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.

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 USD 1,100 in income per cow for the farmer and an additional USD 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.

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.

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: https://www.sktelecom.com/index_en.html.

Semtech Corporation is a 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. For more information, visit http://www.semtech.com.