Semtech has announced that NSOFT, an Indian provider of automation and metering solutions for distribution utilities, has developed a new smart metering platform based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol. The meters leverage LoRa devices’ capabilities for long range, reliable data transfer and low power operation to provide utility networks with accurate real-time consumption data. In addition, NSOFT’s “Smart Read” family of modules use LoRa devices to seamlessly convert older solutions to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). This brings additional benefits to customers, including reduced waste and cost, and increased efficiency for the grid.
NSOFT’s LoRa-based solutions include metering applications for electricity, water and gas utilities. As the utility market continues to grow and advance, utility providers require increasingly flexible solutions to record and transmit accurate usage data, says Semtech. AMI, or smart meters, are one critical application for a creating a more efficient grid. LoRa-based AMI meters enable the long range, bi-directional transfer of data, creating an efficient method of meter reading and eliminating costly manual processes. Utility providers leverage third-party applications to track trends and prevent leaks in the utility grid, increasing efficiency, cost savings and sustainability.
IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in 100 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, the fastest growing IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications.
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