Traditional utility operations are labor intensive and utilize subjective measurement by field personnel. Additionally, meters are often located in dense urban environments, indoors or even underground, which can be difficult or impossible to reach by many wireless technologies. By implementing a smart utilities infrastructure comprised of sensors and gateways utilizing LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol, utility and metering companies can collect data remotely and use personnel more efficiently to streamline operations.
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Sindcon and IoT Kreasi Indonesia developed battery-powered smart meters utilizing LoRaWAN to eliminate the manual energy and water meter reading process from larger buildings with several tenants. The smart meters further benefit from LoRaWAN connectivity for remote control of the water meters.
Kiwi Technology’s Network Control Unit uses Semtech's LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard to connect and monitor gas meters in real time and potentially reduce gas leaks.
Cranberry Analytics' ultrasonic smart water meters, integrated with Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard, collect meter readings and water consumption data on a daily basis, allowing for effective planning of water distribution as well as real-time anomaly detection and leakage analysis and mitigating water waste.
Vutility’s ‘HotDrop’ features Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard to provide real-time, circuit-level energy monitoring of a facility which can help save on electricity costs.
ICTnexus Smart Islands project features LoRa devices and a LoRaWAN network for the Island’s infrastructure, enabling several smart island use cases including energy metering, water management, air quality and weather stations, street light operation, asset tracking, and emergency notifications (tsunami sirens).
Arson Metering utilizes Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard for its new smart gas metering sensor solution, which detects dangerous levels of methane in gas, wirelessly sends a notification to a mobile device and then immediately shuts off gas supply.
Elvexys leverages Semtech’s LoRa devices and LoRaWAN connectivity to provide real-time data to Oiken’s supervision control room when a power grid failure is detected, reducing deployment times and costs for a complete solution.
Sindcon deployed 1,000+ water and energy meters in strategic locations throughout the three parks within the Singapore Zoo using the robust and reliable connectivity of LoRaWAN to transmit real-time metering data every 15 minutes.
GTI utilizes the LoRaWAN® standard in its Natural Gas Smart Safety Shutoff System which shuts off valve and meter once methane is detected, preventing a possible gas-related incident.
Cloud Energy’s wireless solar power system featuring LoRa devices and LoRaWAN connectivity provides comprehensive, accurate and independent data management from inverters, electricity meters and sensors to inform site owners, and saves customers more than 30% on initial investment for a monitoring system.
eLichens’ avolta gas sensor featuring LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard detects natural gas (methane) leaks with ultra-selectiveness, allowing for instant alert of any devastating gas leak for response and potentially save lives.
Vision Metering onboards municipal utilities across the U.S. and Latin America with its metering hardware and software leveraging LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol at a rate of two to three per week
Alpha-Omega Technology's new KLAX line of smart meter interface modules leverage the LoRaWAN protocol enable the simple deployment and retrofit of legacy metering solutions for real-time utility data transfer over LoRaWAN networks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hanbit's ultrasonic water metering products utilize LoRaWAN-based connectivity to enable the near real-time transmission of accurate water use data, even at very low flowrates.
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.
Seluxit integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices into smart metering solution, MeDa, deployed throughout Germany to help consumers change wasteful energy habits and save money.
Hangzhou Water Meter Co. has incorporated LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol into its smart water metering solutions enabling public utility companies to improve efficiency and reduce management costs.
Birdz, a subsidiary of Nova Veolia, leverages LoRa Technology in its smart water metering solutions deployed throughout France, increasing network efficiency and reducing water waste.
Goldcard's smart gas metering products to help public utility companies improve efficiency and reduce management costs, with an estimated up to 25% in savings.
OrionM2M's smart meters and luminaire controllers utilize embedded LoRa Technology to connect to the Cloud via public LoRaWAN-based networks and OrionGateways.
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.
Apana's smart water utility monitoring system leverages LoRa Technology to save businesses like Costco up to 22% in costs.
EasyLinkin's LoRa-enabled smart meters monitor utility usage rates in real-time to provide facilities more visibility to reduce operating costs.
In the News
Articles and press coverage of LoRa-based smart utility solutions are featured below.
Semtech Partnerships offer Cellular and LoRa CombinationsIoT solutions will consist of the company's hybrid technology, which enables cellular-connected gateways that connect to LoRa devices. Read more
Standardization Across UtilitiesUtilities of all types have a need to improve control and measurement of the commodities they supply in order to bill consumption accurately, reduce wastage, cut operational costs and give a better customer experience. Read more
Semtech’s LoRa® Devices and the LoRaWAN® Standard Optimize Smart Metering with SindconVia a robust LoRaWAN® infrastructure, smart meters reduced human error by more than 80% compared to manual reading Read more
Semtech’s LoRa® Devices and the LoRaWAN® Standard Optimize Smart Metering with SindconVia a robust LoRaWAN® infrastructure, Sindcon smart meters reduced human error by more than 80% compared to manual reading. Read more
Semtech and Exeger collaborate to collect solar energy for LoRa-enabled sensorsSemtech, owner of the LoRa long-range and low-power radio communication technology, has entered into a collaboration with the Swedish Exeger, a specialist in customizable solar cells, in order to significantly extend the autonomy batteries, asset tracking and environmental sensing devices. And this by combining Exeger's Powerfoyle technology with the LoRa Edge platform. Read more
Semtech devices featured in Kiwi Technology gas metering solutionSemtech Corp., a leading global supplier of high performance analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that Kiwi Technology, an advanced Internet of Things (IoT) turn-key solutions and data analytics provider, is using Semtech’s LoRa® devices for its new third party class B Network Control Unit (NCU) that connects gas meters via the LoRaWAN® standard. Read more
Smart Water Systems for Smart CitiesSmart Water Meters, Water Distribution System Monitoring, Flood Detection, and Water Quality Monitoring for Smart City Applications Read more
Future of Seamless Asset Tracking with Semtech’s Randy RyderIn this episode of the podcast, Semtech's Randy Ryder joins Ryan Chacon to discuss the future of asset tracking. The podcast opens up with an introduction of Randy and Semtech before Randy discusses the current state and where he sees asset tracking heading. He then discusses the importance of expanding connectivity and how new technologies enable new use cases. The podcast wraps up with a high-level conversation about how companies can stand out and what makes them successful. Read more
Transforming a Small Town into a Major Smart CityThe town of Cary, North Carolina, with just over 175,000 residents, is becoming one of the smartest towns in the United States thanks to technology that has improved utility management and more. Read more
Smart Indoor Air Quality MonitoringPrior to the COVID-19 pandemic, no school’s air quality data was available in Quebec. The province planned to implement a technology solution that could deliver the best possible learning and working environment to students and school staff. Milesight and Assek Technologie worked to create a province-wide IAQ solution leveraging Semtech’s LoRa devices. Read more
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