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Smart Utilities

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. 

Real-World Deployments

See how LoRa Technology has enabled business efficiencies in these real-world smart metering deployments.

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. 

LoRa Hanbit Smart Water Meter Real World
Ultrasonic Water Metering

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.

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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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Intelligent Water Metering

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. 

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LoRaWAN Water Metering Network

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. 

LoRa Gold Card Real World
Smart Gas Metering

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.

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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. 

Smart Water Leakage Detection
Smart Water Leakage Detection

Apana's smart water utility monitoring system leverages LoRa Technology to save businesses like Costco up to 22% in costs. 

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. 

Real-Time Water Metering using LoRa
Real-Time Water Metering

Hanbit’s LoRa-based smart meters transfer real-time consumption, status and diagnostic data from water systems to a central database for billing and analysis, decreasing maintenance costs.

Suntront’s smart utility solutions automate gas and water management, sharing the data through a Cloud-based application, resulting in minimized costs and increased efficiency.
Smart Water & Gas Management

Suntront’s smart utility solutions automate gas and water management, sharing the data through a Cloud-based application, resulting in minimized costs and increased efficiency.

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.

Kiwi Technology collaborated with Precise Digital Economy, Thailand’s largest electricity facilities group, to develop a network of LoRa-based sensors to regulate public utilities including electricity.
Public Utility Regulation

Kiwi Technology collaborated with Precise Digital Economy, Thailand’s largest electricity facilities group, to develop a network of LoRa-based sensors to regulate public utilities including electricity.

Smart Water Metering using LoRa
Smart Water Metering

IoTsens’ smart water metering platform uses LoRa Technology to quickly detect leaks, breakdowns and manipulation of the water supply network in real-time, preventing outages and expensive repairs.

KernelSphere Technologies and Jamshedpur Utility Services Company collaborated to install LoRa-enabled transformer monitoring devices in order to monitor conditions online to prevent outages that result in loss of services.
Transformer Monitoring Devices

KernelSphere Technologies and Jamshedpur Utility Services Company collaborated to install LoRa-enabled transformer monitoring devices in order to monitor conditions online to prevent outages that result in loss of services.

Gas Level Monitoring with LoRa
Gas Level Monitoring

Butano24 utilizes LoRa Technology in its gas level measurement application to intelligently monitor tank levels and automatically request refills.

Korean gas supplier SK E&S utilizes LoRa-based sensors to relay gas usage information from homes to a central office, reducing labor and optimizing business intelligence.
Automated Gas Meters

Korean gas supplier SK E&S utilizes LoRa-based sensors to relay gas usage information from homes to a central office, reducing labor and optimizing business intelligence.

Application Briefs & Use Cases

Learn more about specific applications of LoRa Technology in smart metering.

Birdz increases water network efficiency in France.
Leading the Digital Transformation of Water Management
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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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Apana's LoRa-based smart water leakage detection solution enables global corporations, like Costco, to track water usage in real time. Apana's LoRa-based smart water leakage detection solution enables global corporations, like Costco, to track water usage in real time.
Smart Water Leakage Detection
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Transforming a conventional storage bottle or tank into a smart device, LoRa-enabled sensors from Butano 24 can detect a bottle’s state of fill. Transforming a conventional storage bottle or tank into a smart device, LoRa-enabled sensors from Butano 24 can detect a bottle’s state of fill.
Wireless Gas Level Monitoring
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Water is a scarce resource and its conservation is important. Water leakage and meter reading represent the two biggest operational costs for water utilities. With LoRa Technology, utility companies can reduce their operational costs. Water is a scarce resource and its conservation is important. Water leakage and meter reading represent the two biggest operational costs for water utilities. With LoRa Technology, utility companies can reduce their operational costs.
Water Flow Monitoring
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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.
NEW 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.
NEW 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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Birdz has successfully leveraged Semtech’s LoRa devices to deploy a LoRa-based water system throughout the city of Lyon, France and surrounding areas. Learn how LoRa devices and LoRaWAN networks have enabled Birdz to revolutionize France’s water metering.
Leading the Digital Transformation of Water Utilities by Enabling Automated and Remote Meter Reading
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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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Videos

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Birdz Increases Water Network Efficiency in France
Deploying Smart Water Meters: How to Transition from AMR to AMI with LoRa-based Solutions from Birdz
LoRa-based Smart Water Metering with Apana

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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.