IoT in submetering*

* In the context of battery powered devices

To IoT or not to IoT?

Is that the question?

Right now, we are all on an exciting smart metering journey with many different communication options to choose from. One of these is the Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT provides many clever answers. But it also raises a number of questions to consider before deciding if IoT is right for you. In this leaflet, 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 optimising operations? Do you want full control of 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.

Choosing a communication technology is like choosing a new car

Imagine having to choose between a sports car and a minivan. Both of them are great for some things but don’t quite deliver in other areas. Sometimes you just want to get to where you’re going fast. Sometimes you want the whole family to come along and time is no issue.

Choosing a communication technology poses a similar challenge. No technology can give you everything, so pick the one that gives you most of what you need. The list of things to consider is long, but start by deciding what you value more: flexibility or control? 

One of the technologies is the Internet of Things (IoT), which is sometimes presented as the answer to all things in this age of interconnectedness. While it does provide some answers, it also raises a number of questions to consider, to find out if IoT is right for you.

“If a technology cannot cover the needs in your buildings, it doesn’t mean you have to settle”

One-size does not necessarily fit all. In some cases, the right thing to do is to have a combined solution with e.g. Wireless M-Bus techonology and IoT. Remember, your needs come before the technology. The system should fit your reality, not the other way around.
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