Low Power, Long Range Solutions

IoT solutions for a sustainable world
 

Low Power, Long Range,
Ease of Use, Unparalleled Scalability

Highly scalable LoRaWAN IoT solutions
for consumers and industry

About LoRa and LoRaWAN

About LoRa and LoRaWAN

LoRa is the physical-layer (PHY) which permits extremely long range communication with optimized energy efficiency and signal robustness. LoRaWAN is the low power, wide-area network (LPWAN) global de-facto standard for the Internet of Things (IoT) and the foundation of the LoRa Alliance. The LoRa PHY and LoRaWAN protocol are optimized for battery lifetime and low cost of the end-devices to enable volume deployments for applications such as agriculture, supply chain, asset tracking, intelligent building, smart city, smart metering, and smart home.

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About TrackNet

TrackNet provides highly scalable LoRaWAN IoT solutions for consumers and industry, focusing on ease of use and unparalleled scalability to enable a new era of exponentially growing LPWAN deployments for a sustainable world.

About TrackNet

TrackNet is developing end-to-end solutions including sensors, gateways, and apps with optimized user experience for targeted LPWAN and IoT applications. The company is a contributing member of the LoRa Alliance and the TrackNet team has been instrumental in specifying, building, and establishing LoRaWAN and the LoRa Alliance for more than five years. It has been brought to life by former Semtech and IBM employees with cumulated decades of real-world experience in embedded and RF systems, wireless networks, network management, end-to-end security, and solutions development for the whole spectrum from small-scale private networks to carrier-grade deployments. TrackNet has offices in Switzerland and California, USA and is looking to build a talented, passionate team to realize IoT and LPWAN applications.

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Meet the Team

Hardy Schmidbauer / Co-Founder and CEO

Hardy Schmidbauer

Co-Founder and CEO

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Hardy Schmidbauer / Co-Founder and CEO

Hardy Schmidbauer

Co-Founder and CEO

Hardy Schmidbauer is CEO and co-founder of TrackNet focusing on marketing and strategy. Prior to TrackNet he was the Director of Wireless and IoT at Semtech Corporation where he successfully positioned the wireless division to be a leader in IoT and LPWAN with LoRa. Hardy was a key contributor to the formation of the LoRa Alliance as the marketing committee chairman, increased Semtech revenue 50-100% each year under his management, and constructed the original LoRa ecosystem under his business development efforts. Prior to Semtech, Hardy held marketing and design manager positions at Silicon Labs, Integration Associates, and DSP Group playing an instrumental role in successful product introduction through wireless product definition, design, and key customer acquisition.

 

Joe Knapp / Co-Founder and EVP Engineering

Joe Knapp

Co-Founder and EVP Engineering

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Joe Knapp / Co-Founder and EVP Engineering

Joe Knapp

Co-Founder and EVP Engineering

Joe Knapp is a co-founder of TrackNet focusing on hardware and system architecture. Prior to TrackNet he was working in the semiconductor industry for almost 20 years for such companies as Stanford Telecom, Marvell Semiconductor, Wipro, and Semtech on GPS, satellite communication, Wi-Fi, LoRaWAN and other wireless technologies. He has a wide breadth of knowledge in network architecture, hardware, and software design. At Semtech, Joe was a key contributor developing the LoRa gateway reference designs and localization prototypes. He was further instrumental in the North America definition of LoRaWAN and Hybrid operation in compliance with FCC regulations. Joe has worked in the United States and Europe while managing teams of engineers in India, Europe and the United States.

 

Dr. Thorsten Kramp / Co-Founder and CTO

Thorsten Kramp

Co-Founder and CTO

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Dr. Thorsten Kramp / Co-Founder and CTO

Dr. Thorsten Kramp

Co-Founder and CTO

Dr. Thorsten Kramp is a co-founder of TrackNet focusing on software and security. Prior to TrackNet he was a Master Inventor at IBM Research for more than 15 years, being (co-)author of more than 25 reviewed publications and 15 patents. While at IBM, Thorsten was working on smartcard operating systems, applied security, networking, sensor networks, and machine-to-machine (M2M) infrastructure. His roles span from nuts-and-bolts engineering to technical project management to strategic business development. Most notable are his contributions to the "IBM Long Range Signaling and Control (LRSC)" system, the first carrier-grade LoRaWAN network infrastructure solution. Thorsten is one of the authors of the LoRaWAN 1.0 specification, the foundation on which the LoRa Alliance has been built.

 

Dr. Thomas Eirich / Software Team Lead

Thomas Eirich

Software Team Lead

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Dr. Thomas Eirich / Software Team Lead

Dr. Thomas Eirich

Software Team Lead

Dr. Thomas Eirich is software team lead at TrackNet. Prior to Tracknet he was a researcher at IBM Research for more than 15 years. Thomas has extensive knowledge in the areas of applied cryptography, embedded systems software, operating systems, networked systems, and cloud solutions. Since joining IBM Research, Thomas was working on numerous projects, always being responsible for overall software design / architecture and the implementation of core components. He is one of the authors of the LoRaWAN 1.0 specification and was the technical lead for the “IBM Long Range Signaling and Control (LRSC)” system. He also designed and implemented the “LMiC” embedded system software for devices in LoRaWAN networks, which has been made available as open source under the BSD license.

 

Michael Kuyper / Software and Hardware

Michael Kuyper

Software and Hardware

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Michael Kuyper / Software and Hardware

Michael Kuyper

Software and Hardware

Michael Kuyper is a software and hardware expert at TrackNet. Prior to TrackNet he was a Senior Software Engineer at IBM Research where he primarily worked on development tools, smart card operating systems, secure identity documents, cryptography frameworks, and embedded systems security. Most recently, Michael was working on low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN), specifically contributing to the "IBM Long-Range Signaling and Control (LRSC)” and being instrumental for on-gateway software and management tools, hardware interfacing, regulations compliance, as well as timing and synchronisation. In addition, he designed and implemented sensor and control devices with LoRaWAN long-range networking capabilities for various customers such as the government-funded European joint projects.

 

Dr. Alexandru Caracaș / Software and Security

Alexandru Caracaș

Software and Security

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Dr. Alexandru Caracaș / Software and Security

Dr. Alexandru Caracaș

Software and Security

Dr. Alexandru Caracaș is a software and security expert at TrackNet. Prior to TrackNet he was a researcher at IBM Research for almost 10 years, being (co-)author of more than 10 peer-reviewed publications and 5 patents. His activities at IBM were focused on embedded systems, hardware and software development, and wireless protocols. Alex further was a key contributor to the "IBM Long Range Signaling and Control (LRSC)" system, being mainly responsible for on-gateway software, remote gateway management and network operations software, and LoRaWAN-compliant devices. In addition to his research and development activities, Alex was responsible for deployments of the IBM LRSC in various telecom environments including customer network operations, on-site training, and support.

 

Dr. Marcus Oestreicher / Software and Tools

Marcus Oestreicher

Software and Tools

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Dr. Marcus Oestreicher / Software and Tools

Dr. Marcus Oestreicher

Software and Tools

Dr. Marcus Oestreicher is a software and tools expert at TrackNet. Prior to TrackNet he was a researcher at IBM Research for more than 15 years. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of embedded systems software, virtual machines, operating systems, and networked systems. While at IBM, Marcus was working on smartcard operating systems, sensor networks, and machine-to-machine (M2M) infrastructure. Most recently, he was working on low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) as a key contributor to the "IBM Long-Range Signaling and Control (LRSC)”

 

Dr. Thomas Weigold / Software and Applications

Thomas Weigold

Software and Applications

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Dr. Thomas Weigold / Software and Applications

Dr. Thomas Weigold

Software and Applications

Dr. Thomas Weigold is a software and applications expert at TrackNet. Prior to TrackNet he was a researcher at IBM Research for more than 15 years, being (co-)author of more than 15 reviewed publications and 17 patents. While at IBM, Thomas was working on smartcard operating systems, applied security, distributed systems, storage systems, and cloud solutions. His roles span from research and software engineering work to project and people management of globally distributed teams, which he led as a research group manger. Most recently, he led the storage systems research team creating innovations in all-Flash arrays, cloud object storage, big data frameworks, and blockchain based systems.

 

Attila Gosi / Software and Hardware

Attila Gosi

Software and Hardware

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Attila Gosi / Software and Hardware

Attila Gosi

Software and Hardware

Attila Gosi is a software and hardware expert at TrackNet. Prior to TrackNet he was a Senior Applications Engineer at Silicon Laboratories, and former Integration Associates for over 11 years. His main focus was on proprietary, sub-GHz radio products with an emphasis on embedded systems, but he also worked on hardware solutions for ACDC converters for some time. Attila has helped engineering and supporting multiple radio generations to market, working intensively with alpha customers. His activities included validation, debugging, sample code, making customer driven improvements on hardware and software tools, and –– at the chip level -- training customers, FAE, and sales personnel.

 

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