Singapore Zoo deploys LPWAN-enabled intelligent metering


Singapore-based utility Electrique Energie & Metering has partnered with semiconductor firm Semtech Corporation and IoT company Sindcon to ensure intelligent monitoring and metering of water and electricity at Singapore Zoo.

More than 1,000 smart meters have been installed for advanced metering of water and energy across the three parks at the Zoo. The smart meters leverage the LORAWAN communications protocol for secure and robust connectivity and data telemetry.

The network is expected to help the three parties overcome the forested terrain of Singapore Zoo that can hinder smart meter data telemetry. The smart meters send consumption data after every 15 minutes, according to a statement.

The ability of the smart meters to consume less energy in sending data and measuring consumption has enabled the project to reduce the cost and complexity of implementing the project.

In addition, the use of an IoT network has avoided the need for installing cables which would have increased the cost of the project.

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Deyu Chen, CEO of Sindcon, said: “LoRa devices were the ideal solution… supporting the need of the project for low power data communication that allows smart meters to function for up to three years on a single battery…”

The smart meters have been deployed over the past three years, and according to Sindcon using LoRaWAN connectivity has enabled a data success rate of 97%.

The project is part of efforts by Singapore Zoo to save 10% on total energy consumption.

Marc Pégulu, vice president of IoT product marketing and strategy for Semtech, said the deployment of smart meters is increasingly becoming a standard for a more energy-efficient and smarter world and in the creation of smart utilities.

Smart metering has also been long touted as the foundation for creating smart grids which are vital for decarbonisation goals to be met. Damla Sat, an analyst at Juniper Research, said: “To meet ambitious climate targets and lower spiralling operating costs for utility companies, the grid must evolve rapidly into a smart grid. Leveraging connectivity and deploying analytics at scale will be vital in achieving the truly demand-responsive grid that is needed today.”

In its latest study, Juniper Research found that the rollout of smart meters continues to increase at a global scale with the installed base expected to increase from 1.1 billion in 2021 to 2 billion in 2026, a 95% growth. However, the study states that deployment is uneven across the globe with Latin America and Africa & Middle East lagging significantly behind the leaders in Western Europe and the Far East & China.

The research firm urges governments in lagging economies to enact regulations that support the deployment of smart grids. Find out more about the study.