In collaboration with the LoRa Alliance, utilities networks are expanding the breadth of their connectivity by using the wireless LoRaWAN open standard.
Typically, users of LoRaWAN benefit most from it being long-range and using very little power. Utilities, however, gain added benefit from LoRaWAN’s ability to communicate through concrete barriers or even underground at a very low cost and across many IoT applications.
As LoRaWAN technology further expands its global footprint, utilities broadly remain the leading application for low power wide area networking (LPWAN) technologies and will occupy the largest market segment over the next five years, a market study by IoT Analytics shows. Representing 30% of the installed base by 2025, utilities count by far the most use cases and will continue to do so.
Because no single technology can address the billions of IoT use cases, the LoRa Alliance engages in liaison agreements with other collaborative organisations to enhance the LoRaWAN standard and ensure its interoperability.
At the 2021 Enlit Europe conference in Milan, Italy, the LoRa Alliance will showcase its members’ solutions as well as 3 smart utility liaisons, including the big announcement of a new liaison between the LoRa Alliance and the OMS-Group (Open Metering System).
Founded in 2007 by leading utilities and manufacturers of Europe, the OMS-Group has developed an open, interoperable metering language that can decode and connect OMS-certified sensors from different manufacturers. With the complexity of integration made simple by OMS, utilities meters can develop networks that take advantage of the significant cost savings and efficiencies created by LoRaWAN.
The second smart utility liaison highlighted at Enlit Europe will be DLMS (Device Language Messaging Specification). Founded in 1997, the DLMS User Association (DLMS UA) is a non-profit organisation of leading utilities and meter manufacturers that develop and support a standard application layer for smart device and sensor data exchange. DLMS and LoRaWAN collaborate to create new possibilities for users of DLMS/COSEM over LoRaWAN and other LPWANs and thereby allow utilities to increase services and integration into smart homes, buildings, industries, and even cities.
The third liaison promoted by the LoRa Alliance will be The Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN), a global non-profit that brings together leading international water utilities, solutions providers, academics, investors, regulators, and other industry experts to accelerate the awareness and adoption of “smart,” data-driven solutions in water and wastewater networks worldwide. This liaison drives the adoption of the LoRaWAN open standard in the water metering sector.
Given the significant benefits that IoT and LoRaWAN connectivity can bring to the utilities metering market, the LoRa Alliance is proud to collaborate with international alliances to drive innovation. This work will resolve challenges, leverage a broader range of applications, and ultimately ensure the success of global mass IoT deployments.
Visit the LoRa Alliance in stand 8.G90 during the Enlit Europe event.
About LoRa Alliance
The LoRa Alliance is an open, nonprofit technology association whose members collaborate to develop and promote the LoRaWAN® standard, the global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWAN connectivity. Deployed by more than 155 major mobile network operators globally, LoRaWAN connectivity is available in more than 170 countries.
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