Smart meter design uses LoRa to cut energy use

October 21, 2019 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
LoRa device based electricity smart meter cuts energy use
Semtech has announced that IHM Pacific and Andrea Informatique have collaborated to develop a new LoRa-based electricity smart meter system based on its LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol.

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.”

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