Smart meter design uses LoRa to cut energy use

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By Nick Flaherty

Deployments of the LoRa-based metering system have been ongoing for over a year and are increasing in New Caledonia and some parts of the Pacific and Europe.

IHM Pacific is a developer of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for the smart utility metering and smart building vertical markets, while Andrea Informatique is a consultancy firm specializing in new technology and software design,

“Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol allowed us to create metering solutions that offer significant advantages for sustainable, cost-saving utility metering,” said Francois Ista, CEO of IHM Pacific. “Real-time data on energy use provided by our LoRaWAN-connected meters enable customers to closely monitor usage trends. By addressing wasteful habits to increase energy efficiency, our customers typically receive a return on investment (ROI) in three months to six months following deployment of up to 26 percent.”

“LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol enable the simplified development and acceleration of products to market that provide real advantages over traditional utility metering,” said Juan Camacho, CEO of Andrea Informatique. “LoRaWAN provides the connectivity for customers to experience the benefits of flexible, scalable and long-range IoT applications for their utility grid. These metering systems deploy easily so utility providers can focus on growing their networks while saving on installation cost.”

IHM Pacific and Andrea Informatique’s smart meter systems use LoRa devices from Semtech and the LoRaWAN protocol to offer significant improvements over traditional metering in both applications of electricity metering for utilities and sub metering. LoRa-based smart meter systems do not require additional external cabling (IP, RS485 or pulse network cabling). This allows for greater ease of installation with systems to quickly deploy in 2 DIN rails, a standard mount for meter equipment racks. Simplified deployment significantly reduces the cost of installation for the customer, which typically accounts for 40 percent of the total cost of ownership.

In addition, the reliable usage data provided by LoRaWAN-based systems enable customers to understand their energy consumption in real time. Due to the remote monitoring of electrical consumption and a vast collection of measurement data including the active energy consumed and produced to detect abnormal consumption trends and adjust usage rates, customers usually see up to 26 percent reduction in power consumption within three to six months of deployment.


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