Communication technologies

There are a number of communication technologies available for remote reading including well-known M-bus based protocols and new IoT technologies. Different technologies work well for different purposes, and your choice of communication technology should match your needs. Common to all communication technologies on the shelf today – next-generation, traditional or a combination – is that they each represent a means to an end rather than a goal in themselves.  

Therefore, before choosing one, you should define the business needs it must support.

Consider your requirements for battery lifetime, data frequency, network range and whether you only need data for billing or also for analytics and optimising your operations. And how do you want to spend your resources: do you want full control over your network? Or would you prefer leaving the infrastructure responsibilities to an industry expert and instead dedicate yourself to your core business?

The technologies at a glance

Different technologies work well for different purposes, and your choice of communication technology should match your needs. 
Below you can find a comparison of the most popular technologies and how they match different smart metering needs in a network comprised of meters with an expected battery lifetime of 16 years.

Lets’ break it down

How we work with IoT

Water meter with Sigfox communication A smart water meter designed for Sigfox

With a new version of the MULTICAL® 21, Kamstrup presents the first smart meter available in Europe to combine the pin-point accuracy of ultrasonic metering technology with state of the art Sigfox-based communication.

The new meter will be of interest to the many utilities who are looking to base their smart metering strategy on an IoT infrastructure – either because of their business needs or as a part of an overall Smart City strategy.

Developed for a large project for Antwerp water utility, Water Link, the new MULTICAL® 21 represents a new and innovative but tried and tested solution that takes IoT within smart water metering from theory to concrete reality.

Water-link in Antwerp chose Sigfox Sigfox was the perfect fit for Antwerp, Belgium

Having the power to control their own network, reduce their costs and improve the customer service was the keys for Water-link, Antwerp as they made the decision to upgrade to a next-generation IoT-based water metering solution powered by Sigfox, Hydroko and Kamstrup.

“Because we are combining the meters with a smart valve, we were convinced that SIGFOX would work best for us. Kamstrup is a frontrunner in IoT solutions for intelligent water metering and they are providing us with the flexibility and interoperability we need.” Kurt De Nies, Project Leader at Water-link.

“When we were calculating the financial business case for this investment, the benefits of the Kamstrup meter became more and more important. At low flows, the Kamstrup meter is very accurate so the water we will save became an important factor in the return on investment calculation,” explains De Nies.

NB-IoT trials in Spain NB-IoT trials in Spain

Together with Vodafone, we are conducting a NB-IoT field test for Spanish water utility Global Omnium, Aguas de Valencia Group, in Valencia.

The meters used in this trial are MULTICAL® 21 and flowIQ® 2103 water meters featuring a NB-IoT bridge. The meters are read automatically through the NB-IoT network powered by Vodafone and the data handled by Kamstrup’s Meter Data Management system, READy Manager.

NB-IoT trial in Chile NB-IoT trial in Chile

In collaboration with Huawei and Telefónica, we are conducting the first NB-IoT trial in Latin America for the Chilean utility Essbio. 

The goal of the trial is to allow clients to know their day-to-day use, facilitate actual invoicing, avoiding consumption estimations and to detect leaks and other irregularities.

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