Senet has announced it is collaborating with CNIguard and Semtech to deliver natural gas monitoring solutions to utilities across the United States. Through this partnership, the companies are addressing the utility industry’s digitization requirements by providing an intelligent network infrastructure designed to support a massive ecosystem of utility-centric LoRaWAN devices for gas safety and service delivery.
Starting with gas safety, the companies are collaborating to introduce a new version of CNIguard’s GasMarshal methane sensor which integrates Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol. The CNIguard network-connected gas leak detection solution supports accurate, maintenance-free operation with service level agreements (SLAs) over 10 years due to the market leading power efficiency of its battery-operated devices.
CNIguard will also be integrating its solution with Senet’s LoRaWAN network—the largest public, SLA-backed carrier-grade LoRaWAN network in the United States. Offering extensive flexibility to utilities, Senet provides options for public, private and semi-private network deployment and network operation. The low total cost of ownership (TCO) delivered by the efficiencies of devices developed with the LoRaWAN protocol, coupled with flexible network deployment models, are enabling new levels of operational efficiency and rate payer affordability.
Executing a collaborative go-to-market strategy, CNIguard, Senet and Semtech are engaged in field trials with large multi-utility service providers to explore use cases focused on improving safety levels and reliability across regional distribution networks. Extending value further, with a Senet network in place for gas leak detection, utilities can easily add network capacity and coverage to enhance operations and expand their service offerings to include other gas safety and service delivery solutions on the same IoT network, says Senet.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nearly half of all homes in the United States use natural gas as their primary heat source and, although it may seem rare, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration reports explosion accidents involving natural gas pipelines occur once every two days. Statistics from NFPA publications and reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show that most major gas incidents in the United States involve some type of leak, resulting in an average of 40 deaths, 140 civilian injuries and over $50 million in direct property damage per year.
For utilities, mitigating and ultimately eliminating these incidents and ensuring the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound distribution of natural gas to residential and commercial consumers is of paramount concern. In addition to enhancing consumer safety, these solutions assist utilities in supporting existing and expected legislative regulations focused on gas leak detection and remediation processes.
Senet | www.senetco.com
CNIguard | www.cniguard.com
Semtech | www.semtech.com