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LoRa® Boot Camp: Creating a Beer Coaster

Posted by Loren Geilen on Nov 18, 2019 12:00:00 AM

On October 24th, 2019, Semtech hosted a LoRa boot camp in conjunction with Comcast, MachineQ, Murata, RF Laboratories, and SolderWorks. SolderWorks, a diversely experienced hardware and software engineering firm, developed a way to monitor real-time fermentation data using LoRa-based devices. By brewing a special in-house “LoRa® Boot Camp IPA” that provided a unique way to test the LoRa Boot Camp IPA Coaster, the boot camp sponsors were able to demonstrate a potential use case and value proposition of LoRa devices and the open LoRaWAN protocol.


The hands-on portion of the boot camp provided participants an opportunity to provision the coaster through the Arduino IDE and verify that it was connected to the Comcast MachineQ network via MQcentral. MQcentral was then used to view the data from the coaster, allowing the participants to view the temperature and approximate fill level of the bottle or glass placed on the coaster.

Topping off the event, Rich Walsh from SolderWorks showed the details of the fermentation process, using data gathered from the SolderWorks high-tech fermentation setup, which includes a Murata LoRa module connected to the MachineQ Network and funneled to the SolderWorks fermentation dashboard.

Clearly, when it comes to LoRa and LoRaWAN, there’s no reason for the IoT to be stodgy. Creative solutions are at the core, be it creating beer coasters, tracking rhinos and even making our cities smarter. We would love to hear about the interesting use cases you are solving for. Please take a moment and let us know what you are up to. Submit your solution so we can feature it here.

Topics: LoRa, LoRa Developers, Smart Sensing, Internet of Things