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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. 

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LoRa devices smart planet use case e-book Download this e-book to learn how LoRa devices are being utilized to create a sustainable and smart planet with featured solutions from ecosystem companies including Axino, Birdz, Smart Parks, and WaterBit.
LoRa® Devices: Smart Planet Use Case Overview
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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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Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN trials white paper by LoRa Alliance An overview of use cases across regions combining two powerful technologies
Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN® Trials
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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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Digital transformation of water utilities with LoRa and LoRaWAN 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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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.
NEW LoRa Transforms Smart Utilities
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Semtech, creators of LoRa® devices and low power wide area network (LPWAN) solutions, has collaborated with Oxit, IoT developers of intelligent energy products, to introduce a new comprehensive gas safety system (CGSS) that mitigates risk for utility companies and citizens.
NEW Utility Gas Safety System
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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 infographic The Internet of Things and LoRa® are making a better, sustainable world to live, work and play. LoRa and the LoRaWAN® standard provide a “voice” to things – carrying an explosion of data and analytics to solve real world challenges.
LoRa Everything
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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 metering deployments.

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.

natural gas smart safety shutoff
Natural Gas Smart Safety Shutoff System

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.

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.

Gas Leak Prevention

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.

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 ultrasonic water metering
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.

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.

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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-based smart water metering
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. 

LORaWAN smart water metering network
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 smart gas metering solutions
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.

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 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. 

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. 

Real-time LoRa-based water metering
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.

LoRa-based smart metering for gas & water utilities
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.

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.

LoRa-based smart water metering
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.

LoRa-based Internet of Things smart utility monitor
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.

In the News

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

Driving Intelligent Energy with IoT-Connected Solutions

Semtech Marketing Director of LoRa Ecosystem, Rémi Demerlé and Oxit Director of Operations, Ashley Pope delineate how intelligent energy consumption goes hand in hand with IoT solutions for smart utilities. Read more
Circuit Cellar

Firm Taps Semtech’s LoRa Devices for Solar Power Gear

Semtech has announced its collaboration with Cloud Energy, an IoT solution provider in Vietnam, for the development and deployment of a network running on the LoRaWAN standard for a wireless solar power system installed on facility rooftops. Read more

Bringing IoT and Analytics to the Forefront of Disaster Preparedness and Response

City governments should invest in Internet of Things solutions to better prepare for and react to natural disasters. Read more
RFID Journal

The IoT and Advanced Analytics Should Be a Priority for Disaster Relief Funding

Thanks to funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, groups can protect their communities and citizens. By deploying end-to-end solutions, communities can adapt new models for IT, edge analytics and platform-based security and, in turn, harness streaming data and analytics to deliver meaningful results. Read more

Semtech teams up with Vietnam-based Cloud Energy

Semtech Corporation is teaming up with Vietnam-based startup Cloud Energy to develop and deploy a LoRaWAN-based network for wireless solar power systems to be installed onto rooftops. Read more

Cutting Costs and Maximizing Efficiency with IoT

Today’s remote world has turned dreams of true smart home automation into a reality. With the onset of COVID-19, everyday homes and buildings took on new roles – from workplaces and schools to the doctor’s office and gym. As restrictions lift, some workers will return to their office buildings, while others will remain at home. The common denominator between both is the importance of connectivity and technology to support a number of applications. Read more
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Making Connectivity Accessible for All with LoRa and LoRaWAN

Understand how LoRa and LoRaWAN connectivity can create a safer, more sustainable, and comfortable planet for organizations and end-users. Read more

Semtech (SMTC) Expands Presence in IoT Market Via SAS Deal

Semtech Corporation SMTC is leaving no stone unturned to bolster presence in the booming Internet of Things (IoT) market on the back of strategic partnerships and robust LoRa technology. Read more
Enterprise IoT Insights

Semtech claims major LoRa meter rush; Helium tees-up blockchain-based LoRa gear

US manufacturing company Vision Metering is ramping up production of LoRa based smart energy meters connecting on LoRaWAN networks. The South Carolina firm claimed it has been “quickly onboarding” municipal utilities across the US and Latin America with its metering hardware and software at a rate of two to three per week. Read more

Top three trends in smart metering for 2021

The impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic has forced businesses to adopt remote workforces and establish new operations protocols. This year, businesses and cities will alter their operations, and employee and customer interactions to address the impacts of COVID-19. With nearly one-third of the global population secluded to their homes during lockdown, the demand to support traditional and labor intensive utility operations declined while the demand for smart utility applications increased. Read more

Application Briefs & Use Cases

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

LoRa-based Internet of Things water metering Birdz increases water network efficiency in France.
Leading the Digital Transformation of Water Management
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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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LoRa-based wireless smart gas meter & monitor 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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LoRa-enabled Internet of Things water flow monitor 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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IoT Applications for Utilities
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: Built for Metering
LoRa-based Smart Water Metering with Apana

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