At the occasion of the AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition 2019 the LoRa Alliance looks at smart metering for water utilities (water metering) and presents its ecosystem partners and the solutions they showcase at the event.
Across the globe utility industry companies and governments have been or are rolling out smart metering projects, not always with success and with resistance here and there as well.
The connectivity solutions used to transmit data from smart meters are relatively diverse and depend on type of utility, area and application type (e.g. smart meters at home compared to smart meters in substations in a smart grid). We see traditional cellular technologies and of course there are also low power wide area network (LPWAN) standards (and let’s not forget Wi-SUN with its FAN certification program and presence in some markets).
Smart metering is one of the two IoT (Internet of Things) use cases that is poised to boost the LPWAN market as previously reported. Yet, there are no clear winners on the connectivity front. Non-cellular LPWAN standards such as LoRaWAN have been pioneers but also the cellular LPWA network options, mainly NB-IoT in simple smart metering applications, are being touted as the smart metering options to choose.
Obviously smart metering can mean relatively many things, depending on the type of utility or the scope of the smart metering project. Here we cover smart metering projects for water utilities as mentioned.
Nearly half of smart meters will be used for the water utilities market
The LoRa Alliance, that watches over LoRaWAN says it sees a significant growth in LoRaWAN water metering projects. We indeed see announcements in that regard. In the UK, for example, Northumbrian Water recently announced it had chosen BT for its smart meter rollout with LoRaWAN.
With its announcement the LoRa Alliance focuses on smart meters for water utilities in the US since, along with some of its strongest partners, will showcase LoRaWAN solutions for water metering and management applications at the AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition in June. AWWA stands for American Water Works Association.
According to a recent report by ABI Research, by 2023 there will be an installed base of 1.34 billion meters which will give way to endless new use cases and benefits the LoRa Alliance reminds. Nearly half of smart meters will be used for the water utilities market allowing for public authorities to increase efficiency and optimize processes.
LoRaWAN offers a strong value proposition to the water utilities with the flexibility to deploy private and public networks in a cost-efficient manner along with interoperability at the network and device levels the LoRa Alliance further states.
The ability to deploy private networks is indeed one of the strengths of LoRaWAN and according to many in the industry on the longer term probably even the main strength as you can read in our interview with Tom Casaer.
The North America water metering market represents one of the first markets deploying LoRaWAN sensors/end devices at scale, with hundreds of thousands of connected meters already in use in 2019 the LoRa Alliance continues.
The advanced capabilities of LoRaWAN provide a variety of advantages to the water market including enhanced Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) capabilities, improved infrastructure reliability and security, and the ability to support additional water and wastewater automation initiatives.
Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance since March 2018, comments: “Current estimates predict that 75% of all IoT solutions will be best suited for LPWAN technologies. LoRaWAN is the global de facto LPWAN standard for IoT and quickly becoming the connectivity backbone for a multitude of smart city applications. At ACE19, our ecosystem will share how leading water meter manufacturers are working with local and regional utility companies around the world to achieve successful business outcomes leveraging LoRaWAN technology.”
The LoRa Alliance and its partners at the AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition 2019
At ACE19, member companies Haxiot, Senet and Tektelic will be providing demonstrations and speaking to the value of LoRaWAN for water metering and water management. All the details below.
Haxiot: water pressure and level monitoring solutions
Haxiot will demonstrate water pressure and level monitoring solutions using its LoRaWAN device-to-cloud platform at the AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition.
As a part of the Haxiot end-to-end IoT solutions portfolio, this application is built on Haxiot’s X-ON platform providing data logging, visualization and user-definable threshold alerts via TXT, emails or APIs. Haxiot’s LoRaWAN solution catalogue provides out of the box enterprise IoT solutions for the connected water industry. These solutions include a wide range of sensors, connectivity and applications for enterprise customers to achieve fast time to market and high ROI.
Senet: end-to-end water metering solutions with Neptune Technology Group
Senet will be demonstrating how meter manufacturers, utilities and application providers can benefit from LoRaWAN networks and managed network services to modernize and enhance service delivery at the AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition.
In partnership with Neptune Technology Group, Senet will highlight the use of LoRaWAN technology for end-to-end water metering solutions using the Neptune MACH 10 Ultrasonic Meter and discuss the latest innovations in network deployment and connectivity models to deliver maximum coverage and scalability at the lowest possible cost for utility and other smart city initiatives.
Tektelic: connected smart leak detection and more
Tektelic will showcase its LoRaWAN connected smart leak detection demo, a live view of a LoRaWAN-connected smart room.
The demo shows an ideal solution for managing and monitoring the indoor home and office environment, usingTEKTELIC’s Smart Room LoRaWAN devices that provide real-time data for leak detection, water and power consumption, ambient temperature and humidity, security and many other key metrics.
LoRa Alliance: LoRaWAN for smart water utilities
In addition to conducting demonstrations, the LoRa Alliance will be represented at the AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition by Ben Doyle, Vice President of Major Accounts of Senet, who will be speaking on LoRaWAN for Smart Water Utilities.
The presentation will discuss how LoRaWAN networks and smart metering systems are becoming a foundational piece of today’s utility services and contributing to the advancement of many smart city initiatives.
Visitors of the at the AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition can learn more in the innovation Lounge, booth #1420, at the event.