Keynote Speaker - Richard Lansdowne of Semtech
Richard Lansdowne Senior director, Network System Solutions, Semtech

Richard Lansdowne


Keynote: Geolocation & LoRaWAN

Semtech opened up Collos, a trial LoRaWAN geolocation service, after The Things Conference in February. After six months, we have learned a lot.

This presentation will feed back issues, questions, use cases and analyses that will steer the way forward.

In the real world it is difficult to please all the people all the time, so what are the challenges for a network provided location service that does not know or understand the application or use case? This paper will take a look into how can we meet these challenges going forward and how the TTN community can help.


About Richard

Currently responsible for LoRa geolocation roadmap & strategy, Collos cloud location service and Semtech‘s incubation of other cloud services.

Previously responsible for System solutions supporting Semtech’s LoRa technology for IoT. This included proof of concept support, trials and pilots, network servers, solutions, integration into cloud management platforms, gateway hardware reference designs, demo web servers, starter kits, partnerships, design support services. Supporting the LoRaWAN ecosystem development and in particular the LoRa Alliance work.

Background in R.F. moved into GSM BSC s/w for Ericsson, then into ASIC design @ Nokia Mobile phones.

Extensive ASIC design experience from system ASIC (timing and control) for Nokia Mobile Phones, ASIC design consultant: large number of ARM core embedded design, smart card, STB, digital video, StrongARM design team member, comms ports, serial, parallel, IEEE1284, Utopia style network stream processor (triple embedded ARM).

Responsible for design of a large portion of the Semtech SETS family of devices (ACS8520 ACS8530 etc.) Expert in SONET & SDH network synchronisation and related clocking. Wide knowledge of G.812, G.813, G.823, G.8261, G.8262, GR1244, GR253 network synchronsation standards.

Provide specialist syncronisation services for many Tier 1 Telecom equipment manufacturers (e.g. Nortel, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia-Siemens, ZTE, Cisco, Ciena, Calix, Tellabs etc. etc.). In-depth knowledge of IEEE1588 precision time protocol & all technical aspects. Well versed in synchronous Ethernet requirements & issues. Currently responsible for product lines which include a key enabling technologies for WiMAX, LTE, TD-SCDMA etc. & working with carriers for technology endorsements etc.

Specialties: Synchronisation standards: G.812, G.813, G.823, G.8261, G.8262, GR1244, GR253, IEEE1588V2-2008.
Market leading commercial off-the-shelf solution for SETS SONET & SDH synchronisation.
PTP packet synchronisation (IEEE1588)