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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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Smart utilities are choosing LoRaWAN With governments increasingly recognizing the need to control energy consumption and reduce wastage and inefficient consumption of vital resources, the requirement to make utilities smart is not only desirable but also the law in many countries.
Why Utilities are Choosing Smart LoRaWAN Connectivity
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LoRaWAN in the utility and housing industries in Germany 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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Successful interoperability with DLMS/COSEM and LoRaWAN 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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LoRa smart utilities e-book 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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LoRaWAN and NB-IoT LoRa Alliance white paper 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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Smart utilities using LoRaWAN white paper by LoRa Alliance 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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LoRaWAN network capacity for smart utilities applications white paper 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 Transforms Smart Utilities Utility and metering companies are implementing smart Internet of Things (IoT) technology to improve service, increase efficiency, decrease waste, and reduce their carbon footprint. Discover the impact of IoT applications developed for gas, electrical and water utilities.
LoRa Transforms Smart Utilities
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We believe every IoT device should have a low power geolocation ready feature –whether it's a mobile asset or a fixed asset. This is now possible, thanks to LoRa® devices, the LoRaWAN® standard and the LoRa Edge™ asset management platform.
The Future of Geolocation Has Arrived
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Internet of Things and LoRa everyone infographic Download the infographic to explore how products based on LoRa create a safer, more sustainable and comfortable planet for us all.
LoRa Everyone
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LoRa everywhere infographic Download the infographic to see how LoRa-based products are changing the world and enabling a better life.
LoRa Everywhere
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10 things about LoRaWAN and NB-IoT infographic 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.

Real-time Energy Monitoring System

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. 

Power Grid Failure Monitoring

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.

Smart Metering at Singapore Zoo

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.

Solar power system
Solar Power System

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.

LoRa smart utility meter adoption
Smart Utility Meter Adoption

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

LoRa legacy meter retrofit
Legacy Meter Retrofit

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.

LoRa Smart AMI-based meters
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.

LoRa-based prepaid energy metering
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.

LoRa based line fault detection
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.

LoRa-based AMI energy metering 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-based efficient & sustainable energy grids
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 based smart utility starter package
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.

LoRa-based smart utility meters
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.

LoRa smart metering & lighting solutions
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-based smart utility metering applications
Convenient Utility Metering

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

LoRa-based real-time smart utility monitoring
Real-Time Utility Monitoring

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

LoRa-based Internet of Things utility metering solution
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. 

LoRa-based Internet of Things smart city grid management
Urban Smart Grid

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

LoRa-based smart city Internet of Things network
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. 

Optimized LoRa Sensor Network Power Solutions Can Lower IoT Opex

IoT wireless sensor node network operators need thoughtfully developed power schemes to minimize operational expenditures (Opex). While various types of energy harvesting can minimize battery field service requirements, Semtech advises careful planning at the development stage to maximize performance while minimizing power and related Opex costs. Read more

Optimized LoRa Sensor Network Power Solutions Can Lower IoT Opex

IoT wireless sensor node network operators need thoughtfully developed power schemes to minimize operational expenditures (Opex). While various types of energy harvesting can minimize battery field service requirements, Semtech advises careful planning at the development stage to maximize performance while minimizing power and related Opex costs. Read more

A tropical paradise both beautiful and smart

An initiative by the Cook Islands’ government will introduce connected ‘smart’ devices on all of the islands using Semtech's LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard. Read more
IoT Agenda

IoT technology can advance environmental monitoring

LPWAN and IoT sensors help manufacturers, developers and organizations address environmental climate concerns with connected applications and streams of real-time data. Read more

LoRaWAN World Expo highlights and interview with Marc Pegulu, VP IoT at Semtech

The LoRaWAN World Expo was of course also the occasion for numerous meetings. Representatives and members of the LoRa Alliance from all over the world came to present their latest innovations. On this occasion, we had the opportunity to interview Marc Pegulu, VP IoT Strategy & Product Marketing for the Wireless and Sensing Products Group at Semtech, about the latest commercial and technical developments for LoRa. Read more
EverythingRF

Semtech Launches LoRa Cloud Locator Service for LoRa Edge to Showcase its Asset Tracking Capabilities

Semtech Corporation, a leading global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced its breakthrough SaaS chip-to-Cloud service, LoRa Cloud™ Locator, that uses Semtech’s LoRa Cloud Modem & Geolocation services. The new service allows customers to experience firsthand the power of devices powered by LoRa Edge™ and evaluate the accuracy and power consumption capabilities of the LoRa Edge platform, which offers an ultra-low-power and cost-effective solution for indoor/outdoor asset tracking use cases. Read more

Building an Asset Tracking Solution Using LoRaWAN with Semtech LoRa Cloud and AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN

LoRaWAN has been applied to a variety of applications including smart water metering, smart buildings, safety and compliance monitoring, smart agriculture, health monitoring, smart electrical metering, construction and mining monitoring, and smart homes. One of the most critical applications where the low-power, battery-operated advantages of this approach is of greatest value is asset tracking. The low power and long range of LoRaWAN lend themselves to asset tracking applications in a complementary fashion. Semtech’s LoRa Edge (LR11xx) chipset provides a comprehensive solution which solves for indoor and outdoor location by incorporating both GNSS for outdoor and Wi-Fi scanning for indoor location. It achieves this with 10x lower power than traditional GNSS-based solutions, using a combination of compute on the chip and cloud. Read more

Digitizing utilities with LoRa

To obtain more information on the status of the distribution networks, utilities are looking to implement systems that are able to provide them with rapid updates on the condition of the equipment in use. Read more

How to monitor the environment with LPWAN

Optimizing resources is vital to the future of the planet. The combination of global LPWAN sensors, cloud services, AI and machine learning can improve the way in which increasingly scarce resources can be used and conserved. Read more

Semtech and CITiLIGHT Transform Smart City Street Lighting With LoRaWAN

Semtech announced its collaboration with CITiLIGHT, provider of smart lighting solutions for smart cities, for its VELOCITi LMS lighting management system. Read more

Application Briefs & Use Cases

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

Electrical Grids Elvexys leverages LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard to deliver remote and reliable fault detection.
Optimized Electrical Grids
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LoRa-based nationwide smart metering network Czech Radiocommunications’ nationwide LoRaWAN-based network enables smart metering applications and covers 75% of the Czech Republic.
Nationwide Smart Metering
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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.