Smart metering solutions firm Itron is partnering with German IoT solutions firm digimondo to help water utilities improve management of distribution networks leveraging LoRaWAN.
Itron is providing its Cyble 5 communications module for integration with digimondo’s IoT software niota to enhance the manner in which water companies connect, monitor and manage their grids.
The integration enables utilities to create and operate their own LoRaWAN-based network for remote reading of water meters.
The development will also enable utilities to transform their mechanical meters into smart devices, and transport the data generated in the field such as meter readings, alarms and diagnosis information, through existing LoRaWAN communication networks.
Niota comprises a digital twin technology to enable utility companies to virtually manage, add or remove communicating endpoints, such as Cyble 5 modules, without data loss or operational downtimes.
Beyond smart metering, the combined solution harnesses the power of LoRaWAN networks to build the foundation for smart water operations, and smart cities and communities.
Justin Patrick, senior vice president of Devices at Itron, said: “With more than 200 million endpoints delivered, we recognise that devices are the beginning of every customer journey, and we are committed to bringing our expertise to utilities operating under industry-wide networks.
“By collaborating with digimondo, we are able to offer our German customers a flexible way to manage and monitor their distribution network based on secure, industry-established IoT open standards.”