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Smart Electricity Metering

With the rise of low power, wide area networking (LPWAN) technologies, such as Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® open protocol, new smart electricity metering solutions are proving to be a compelling alternative to other connectivity options for both Internet of Things (IoT) networks and smart grid applications.

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Produced in collaboration with Minol ZENNER, this white paper explores the legally-compliant deployment of LoRaWAN in accordance with current German regulatory standards.
LoRaWAN in the Utility and Housing Industries in Germany
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LoRa Alliance Whitepaper This whitepaper explains the results of the engineering work that has taken place over the last few months to build a high-performance, standards-based, interoperable communications profile exploiting the best elements of both technologies to link to the new SCHC internet technology.
A Solution for Successful Interoperability with DLMS/COSEM and LoRaWAN
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By implementing a LoRa-based smart utilities infrastructure comprised of sensors and gateways, utility and metering companies can collect data remotely and use personnel more efficiently to streamline operations and reduce cost.
LoRa Devices: Smart Utilities Real World Solutions
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Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN White Paper from LoRa Alliance Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN are two of the most adopted unlicensed technologies and together they address a large proportion of IoT use cases. The Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN Deployment Synergies white paper intends to demonstrate how these two widely deployed IoT Connectivity technologies can be utilized in tandem to effectively support a vast array of use cases.
Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN®  Deployment Synergies
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There are several options for LPWAN connectivity, but LoRaWAN and NB-IoT have shown the most momentum. and will garner the largest share of the market in the coming years. This white paper will examine the two technologies for their similarities and differences. Courtesy of the LoRa Alliance.
LoRaWAN and NB-IoT: Competitors or Complementary
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LoRaWAN offers a strong value proposition to the utilities market with the flexibility to deploy and/or leverage private and public networks in a cost-efficient manner, along with interoperability at the network and device levels. Courtesy of the LoRa Alliance.
Connecting Utility Assets Using LoRaWAN
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A network of 10,000 electricity meters equipped with LoRa was rolled out in Germany to test sensor and gateway efficiency and determine data capacity. A network of 10,000 electricity meters equipped with LoRa was rolled out in Germany to test sensor and gateway efficiency and determine data capacity.
Real-world LoRaWAN Network Capacity for Electrical Metering Applications
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LoRa Everywhere
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Which wireless network solution is right for your application? Compare the qualities of low power wide area network (LPWAN) solutions side by side in this helpful infographic.
10 Things About LoRaWAN & NB-IoT
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Real-World Deployments

See how LoRa devices have enabled business efficiencies in these real-world smart electricity metering deployments.

Smart AMI-based Meters

Vision Metering, LLC’s LoRa-based applications enable the upgrade of legacy metering solutions, requiring traditional walk-by or drive-by reading methods, to fixed, long range AMI, for hourly or daily data transfer over LoRaWAN networks for efficient utility management and billing.

Prepaid Energy Metering

Elmeasure and ClodPi's new LoRa-based prepaid energy metering solution tracks and reports usage data in real time for precise billing and reduced energy waste in utility applications.

Cahor Sential
Line Fault Detection

CAHORS Groups' new LoRa-based Sentinel products monitor voltage field transfer to locate and predict faults in power lines, including single phase grounded faults and multiple phase fugitive and ongoing faults, enabling a quick response to ongoing faults, increasing overall grid efficiency and preventing power outages.

AMI Metering Applications

NSOFT’s “Smart Read” family of modules use LoRa devices to seamlessly convert older solutions to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), bringing additional benefits to the customer, including reduced waste and cost, and increased efficiency for the grid.

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Efficient & Sustainable Energy Grids

IHM Pacific and Andrea Informatique's electricity metering solutions offer significant advantages for sustainable, cost-saving utility metering, reporting customers typically receive a return on investment (ROI) in three months to six months following deployment of up to 26 percent. 

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Smart Utility Starter Package

Digimondo's end-to-end smart utilities starter package based on Semtech's LoRa devices simplifies the deployment and operation of a LoRaWAN network, allowing municipal utilities insight into the business benefits of LoRa-based applications.

Smart Metering Seluxit Real World
MeDa Smart Meters

Seluxit integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices into smart metering solution, MeDa, deployed throughout Germany to help consumers change wasteful energy habits and save money.

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Smart Metering & Lighting Solutions

OrionM2M's smart meters and luminaire controllers utilize embedded LoRa Technology to connect to the Cloud via public LoRaWAN-based networks and OrionGateways.

LoRa Lemonbeat Real World
Convenient Utility Metering

Lemonbeat integrates LoRa Technology into its smart metering solutions for easier reading and collection of utility usage.

Kaifa Metering’s LoRa-enabled meters offer the ability to monitor a building’s utility usage in real time.
Real-Time Utility Monitoring

Kaifa Metering’s LoRa-enabled meters offer the ability to monitor a building’s utility usage in real time. 

IoT Metering Solution with LoRa
IoT Metering Solution

EasyLinkin's LoRa-enabled smart meters monitor utility usage rates in real-time to provide facilities more visibility to reduce operating costs. 

Lowan’s smart city solutions leverage LoRa technology to increase energy efficiency with smart metering solutions in large urban areas.
Urban Smart Grid

Lowan’s smart city solutions leverage LoRa technology to increase energy efficiency with smart metering solutions in large urban areas.

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Smart City Network

Thailand’s Kiwi Technology collaborated with Precise Digital Economy to develop a smart city network of LoRa-based sensors to better regulate public utilities.

In the News

Articles and press coverage of LoRa-based smart electric utility solutions are featured below. 

IMC IoT M2M Council

Blog: LoRa® Devices: Enabling Proven Cost-Saving Utility Applications Today

Globally, the proportion of smart water meters will soon exceed a third of all water meters shipped annually. IHS Markit forecasts over 50 million new smart water meters will ship globally in 2022, compared to 30 million (representing 25 percent of total shipments) in 2017. Read more
Enterprise IoT Insights

Semtech’s LoRa devices detect abnormal energy use in cities

Semtech Corporation announced that NetOP, a developer and manufacturer of LPWAN-based IoT applications, has developed a new smart energy consumption monitoring solution based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol. Read more
SmartCitiesWorld

Octopus solution helps cities identify abnormal energy use

Using Octopus, cities can effectively detect swings in energy usage and respond to, prevent or address malfunctions, illegal activity or other hazards to the energy grid. Read more
IoT Innovator

New Semtech LoRa Devices Detect Abnormal Energy Use in Connected Cities, While Creating Safer, More Efficient Smart City Grids

Semtech announced on Wednesday that NetOP, a developer and manufacturer of low power, wide area network (LPWAN)-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has developed a new smart energy consumption monitoring solution based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol. Read more

2020: A Big Year for Smart Utilities

As we look toward the new year, the conversation around IoT continues to dominate. The utility market, in particular, will continue to be at the forefront of that discussion. The digital transformation of energy and water utilities is providing the opportunity for businesses and cities to take advantage of the extensive choice in new technologies. Read more
IoT

Street Light Solutions to Save Cities on Utility Costs

Smart technology provides remote lighting control that can more accurately adjust, modify and monitor the amount of time the lights are turned on and to what extent. Read more
Electronic Specifier

LoRa devices create smarter grids with accurate line fault detection

Semtech has announced that CAHORS Group (CAHORS), a manufacturer and monitoring solution provider for smart energy grids, has integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol into its new Sentinel line fault detection solutions for simplified defect monitoring in smart grid networks. Read more
IoT Innovator

Cahors Integrates Semtech’s LoRa-Based Sentinel Products to Improve Operational Cost, Prevent Faults for Grid Efficiency

Semtech Corp. announced Tuesday that CAHORS Group, manufacturer and monitoring solution provider for smart energy grids, has integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and LoRaWAN protocol into its new Sentinel line fault detection solutions for simplified defect monitoring in smart grid networks. Read more
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CAHORS selects Semtech’s LoRa devices for accurate line fault detection in smart grids

CAHORS Group has integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol into its new Sentinel line fault detection solutions for simplified defect monitoring in smart grid networks. Read more
IoT Business News

Semtech’s LoRa® Devices Create Smarter Grids with Accurate Line Fault Detection

Semtech Corporation, announced that CAHORS Group (CAHORS), a leading manufacturer and monitoring solution provider for smart energy grids, has integrated Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol into its new Sentinel® line fault detection solutions for simplified defect monitoring in smart grid networks. Read more

Application Briefs & Use Cases

Learn more about specific applications of LoRa devices in smart electricity metering.

Czech Radiocommunications’ nationwide LoRaWAN-based network enables smart metering applications and covers 75% of the Czech Republic. Czech Radiocommunications’ nationwide LoRaWAN-based network enables smart metering applications and covers 75% of the Czech Republic.
Nationwide Smart Metering
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Other Semtech Solutions for Smart Metering

In addition to the low power wide area network solutions enabled by LoRa Technology, Semtech offers a wide portfolio of IC chipsets for electronics in smart metering.