Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Semtech LoRa technology helps energy meter

Steve Rogerson
October 29, 2019



IHM Pacific, a New Caledonia-based developer of IoT technologies for smart utility metering, and consultancy Andrea Informatique have collaborated to develop electricity metering based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWan protocol.
 
Deployments of the metering technology have been on-going for over a year and are increasing in New Caledonia and some parts of the Pacific and Europe.
 
“Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWan protocol allowed us to create metering that offers significant advantages for sustainable, cost-saving utility metering,” said Francois Ista, CEO of IHM Pacific. “Real-time data on energy use provided by our LoRaWan-connected meters enable customers to closely monitor usage trends. By addressing wasteful habits to increase energy efficiency, our customers typically receive a return on investment in three to six months following deployment of up to 26 per cent.”
 
IHM Pacific and Andrea Informatique’s electricity meters use California-based Semtech’s LoRa devices to offer improvements over traditional metering in both applications of electricity metering for utilities and sub metering. LoRa-based smart meters do not require additional external cabling, such as IP, RS485 or pulse network cabling. This allows for greater ease of installation for quick deployment in two Din rails, a standard mount for meter equipment racks. Simplified deployment reduces the cost of installation, which typically accounts for 40 per cent of the total cost of ownership.
 
“LoRa devices and the LoRaWan protocol enable the simplified development and acceleration of products to market that provide real advantages over traditional utility metering,” said Juan Camacho, CEO of Andrea Informatique. “LoRaWan provides the connectivity for customers to experience the benefits of flexible, scalable and long-range IoT applications for their utility grid. These metering solutions deploy easily so utility providers can focus on growing their networks while saving on installation cost.”
 
In addition, the reliable usage data provided by LoRaWan-based products help users understand their energy consumption in real time. Due to the remote monitoring of electrical consumption and a vast collection of measurement data including the active energy consumed and produced to detect abnormal consumption trends and adjust usage rates, users usually see up to 26 per cent reduction in power consumption within three to six months of deployment.
 
“Smarter metering such as from IHM Pacific and Andrea Informatique provide customers the capacity to reduce their energy usage and save on monthly bills by acting on tangible and reliable data,” said Rémi Demerlé, director of vertical marketing for utilities at Semtech. “As the need to optimise energy consumption continues to become a priority in the utilities market, Semtech’s LoRa devices and LoRaWan bring compelling advantages and create sustainable metering that offer customers a quick RoI.”
 
IHM Pacific will join Semtech at European Utility Week, taking place in Paris, France, next month. IHM Pacific will exhibit its LoRa-based energy metering on the stands of Andrew Informatique and the LoRa Alliance. Semtech will exhibit and demonstrate LoRa applications for utilities.
 
Andrea Informatique is a consultancy firm, advising companies on issues of organisation and strategy related to new technologies, software strategy, software design and test. Services range from on-site consultations to maintenance and assistance, passing through design, implementation, testing and integration.
 
IHM Pacific specialises in the IoT, remote maintenance, remote management, remote reading, and additional technologies for the smart building and smart utility vertical markets.