Communication technologies

To IoT or
not to IoT?

Is that even the right question?
Right now, your heat utility is on an exciting smart metering journey – with many different communication technologies to choose from. One of the options to choose is the Internet of Things (IoT).

Although IoT provides many clever answers in this age of interconnectedness, it also raises a number of questions to consider before deciding if IoT is right for you. On this page, we cover the pros and cons of different technologies to help you on your way.

First define your business needs.
Then choose technology.

What are your requirements for battery lifetime, data frequency and network range?

Do you only need data for billing?

Or also for analytics in order to optimise operations?

Do you want full control over your network?

Or would you prefer to leave the responsibility to industry experts?

What is the reality of your business?
... now, that’s the question!

The choice is yours and the next step is up to you.

Whichever communication technology you decide on, you should always be sure to evaluate your needs first. Is your ambition to optimize your business to make sure your utility stays competitive in the future? Is your primary concern to be certain, you deliver what you promise? Do you want to be able to locate leaks and heat loss in real time? These are all things to consider, before you choose your communication technology. Basically, with heat meters from kamstrup, you can choose all, but your benefit will depend on the technology you choose.

70% fewer antenna sites

DIN Forsyning, Denmark

Using the new meter reading method linkIQ®, DIN Forsyning was able to significantly reduce the number of required antenna sites in the city of Esbjerg. The field test met the utility’s high expectations and has paved the way for simpler work routines, better customer service and a more efficient utility.

Operations optimisation and improved customer service with remote reading

Assens Water Supply and Assens District Heating, Denmark

A common focus on the best possible use of resources and good customer service formed the basis for the two utilities collaborating on the READy network reading of water and heat meters. In addition to halving the costs associated with establishing the radio network, the cooperation resulted in a doubling of the solution’s benefits.

Data creates value for utility, end users and city

Næstved District Heating, Denmark

By using hourly values from smart meters to optimise their operations and business, Næstved District Heating has lowered their forward temperature by 10 degrees, return temperature by 5 degrees and pipeline losses by 8%. Going forward, the utility expects to see even better results despite the fact that their original business case did not include the value of data.

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