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Smart Water Metering

By implementing a smart metering infrastructure comprised of sensors and gateways with LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN protocol®, utility companies can efficiently collect data and streamline operations to manage costs. Customers, including large municipal utility providers, leverage these solutions to cut down on water waste and quickly identify issues in a water distribution network. 

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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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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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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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Infographics

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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 water 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.

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.

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. 

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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.

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.

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Autonomous Irrigation

WaterBit’s LoRa-enabled autonomous irrigation system helps growers maximize yield across soil types, while optimizing the use of labor and other input resources. 

In the News

Articles and press coverage of LoRa-based smart water 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
All About Circuts

Implementing LoRa-based Solutions for Smart Metering

This article explores the use of LoRa devices for long-range, low power smart metering of utilities, which allows for remote daily operations and the collection of data. 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
IMC IoT M2M Council

Semtech and Digimondo Offer Smart Utilities Starter Pack

California-based Semtech worked with German IoT software company Digimondo to develop an end-to-end smart utilities starter package based on LoRa technology. Read more
Circuit Digest

Ultrasonic Water Metering with LoRaWAN Connectivity

Semtech Corporation announced that Hanbit has developed a new ultrasonic water metering (UWM) solution build on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol. The Hanbit’s UWM product uses LoRaWAN based connectivity in order to monitor the near real time and accurate water use data even at very low flow rates. Read more
UK Authority

‘Smart water’ pilot harnesses LoRaWAN network

A programme has begun to roll out a ‘smart water’ network in the south of England using internet of things (IoT) devices and a long range wide area (LoRaWAN) network. Read more

Semtech System Finds Market in Chinese Water Meters

Semtech Corp. announced Thursday that a Chinese water company has used its long-range, low-power technology in its smart water metering products. Read more
IoT Agenda

Saving this summer with IoT: Energy, water and light

Summer is one of the most exciting times of the year. School is out, the weather is great and the countdown to vacation begins. But while the summer brings with it a lot of fun activities, it also brings the potential for higher energy and water consumption, which equals higher bills for personal, business and commercial real estate uses. It’s inevitable that commercial businesses will consume more energy and water during June, July and August with increased usage of cooling systems, lighting and water, but technology can help. The smallest changes can make a huge difference in lowering energy costs and, thanks to smart building technologies offering remote real-time monitoring and control of buildings, it’s possible. Read more

Semtech’s LoRa Technology Featured in Orion System’s Utility Meters, Gateways and Smart Lighting Solutions

Reliable data transmission from LoRa-connected meters and LoRa-enabled luminaire controllers create smarter cities Read more
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Orion System adopts Semtech devices and LoRa technology for metering

Kazakhstan company Orion System, the developer and manufacturer of LoRaWAN-based wireless data transmission systems for the Internet of Things (IoT), has integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa) into its smart metering products to monitor water, gas and electricity usage data, as well as smart lighting devices to enable a smooth transition from conventional lighting. Read more

Application Briefs & Use Cases

Learn more about specific applications of LoRa devices in smart water 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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LoRaWAN-based smart island network from IOTLABS enables sustainable solutions, and has dropped the island’s water usage rates 25%. LoRaWAN-based smart island network from IOTLABS enables sustainable solutions, and has dropped the island’s water usage rates 25%.
Smart Island Management
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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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Videos

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NEW Using LoRaWAN to Automate Water Utility Data Collection and Deliver Contactless Smart City Solutions
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.