On May 30th, 2019, the LoRa Alliance™, the global association of companies supporting the open LoRaWAN® protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), announced that it, together with its member ecosystem, will present LoRaWAN® solutions for water metering and management applications at the AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition, June 9th to 12th in Denver, CO.
Smart meters are fundamental for the utilities market in allowing new operational efficiencies and services. A recent report by ABI Research estimates that by 2023, there will be an installed base of 1.34 billion meters, which will lead to infinite new use cases and advantages. Almost half of the smart meters will be used for the water utilities market, enabling public authorities to improve efficiency and to optimize processes.
LoRaWAN provides a remarkably strong value proposition to the water utilities with the flexibility to install private and public networks in a cost-efficient way together with interoperability at the network and device levels.
The North America water metering market specifically represents one of the first markets setting up LoRaWAN sensors/end devices at scale, with hundreds of thousands of connected meters already in use in 2019. The sophisticated abilities of LoRaWAN offer a range of benefits to the water market including improved Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) capabilities, improved infrastructure reliability and security, and the ability to back further water and wastewater automation initiatives.
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.
Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman, LoRa Alliance
At ACE19, member companies Haxiot, Senet, and Tektelic will be presenting demonstrations and lecturing the value of LoRaWAN for water metering and water management.
Haxiot will present water pressure and level monitoring solutions with the help of its LoRaWAN device-to-cloud platform. As a part of the Haxiot end-to-end IoT solutions range, this application is developed on Haxiot’s X-ON platform offering data logging, visualization and user-definable threshold alerts through TXT, emails, or APIs. Haxiot’s LoRaWAN solution catalog offers creative enterprise IoT solutions for the associated water industry. These solutions include a broad variety of sensors, connectivity, and applications for enterprise customers to obtain quick time to market and high ROI.
Senet will be presenting how meter producers, utilities and application suppliers can take advantage of LoRaWAN networks and managed network services to transform and improve service delivery. In collaboration with Neptune Technology Group, Senet will emphasize the use of LoRaWAN technology for end-to-end water metering solutions using the Neptune® MACH 10® Ultrasonic Meter and discuss the most up-to-date innovations in network deployment and connectivity models to offer maximum coverage and scalability at the lowest possible cost for utility and other smart city projects.
Tektelic will present its LoRaWAN connected smart leak detection demonstration, a live view of a LoRaWAN-connected smart room. The presentation illustrates an ideal solution for managing and monitoring the indoor home and office environment, using TEKTELIC’s Smart Room LoRaWAN devices that offer real-time data for leak detection, ambient temperature and humidity, water and power consumption, security, and several other important metrics.
LoRaWAN for Smart Water Utilities Presentation
Besides presenting demonstrations, the LoRa Alliance will be represented by Ben Doyle, Vice President of Major Accounts of Senet, who will give a lecture on LoRaWAN for Smart Water Utilities. This presentation will be held in the Innovation Lounge (Booth 1420) on Wednesday, July 12 at 12:30 pm. The demonstration will discuss how LoRaWAN networks and smart metering systems are turning out to be a fundamental part of today’s utility services and contributing to the development of several smart city projects.
Interested members must visit the LoRa Alliance in the Innovation Lounge, booth #1420, to learn from industry experts about the real-world operation of LoRaWAN networks and products that are available in the present market. LoRa Alliance representatives will also explain LoRaWAN technology, how it works, and what makes it perfect for use in water metering and management. Finally, the information will be available about LoRa Alliance membership and the LoRaWAN Certification program for IoT devices, which guarantees reliability and interoperability of certified devices.