Whether your utilities company is using meters and sensors to measure power, gas, water, or heat, your need is simple: you need your meters to stay connected wirelessly, while consuming the fewest resources possible. Reducing the need for field technicians to digitally or manually check the meters is a also huge benefit. Since a sizable number of utilities employees are nearing retirement age, being able to monitor, control, and update devices from one platform makes both business and financial sense. But an aging workforce isn’t the only concern: much of the meter infrastructure that was built decades ago is nearing the end of its life, making the need to go digital more and more urgent as time passes.
Despite the business case for implementing fully-digital smart meters, doing so comes with a number of challenges:
- Managing the complexity of multiple systems and interfaces is a huge investment of both time and money
- Many vendors have their own proprietary systems, which are restrictive and expensive to update
- Having multiple front-end cloud systems based on proprietary technology for a variety of device types requires evaluating the ripple-effect to all systems when making an update to just one device type
- Security is becoming increasingly important as more and more public services are victims of cyber attacks
Overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we have solutions for these unique and specific needs.
ALASKA is the most power and message-efficient LwM2M service. From bootstrapping to security to decommissioning, this cloud-based device management platform offers full IoT lifecycle management. Connect and monitor not just smart meters, but any smart device.
IOWA works on the most constrained meters on the most constrained networks. Built on LwM2M open standards rather than proprietary technologies, IOWA allows a truly smart metering system to be implemented in hours. Connect and monitor not just smart meters, but any smart device.
Our Products are Built on Open Standards
Lightweight Machine to Machine (LwM2M)
Managing thousands or hundreds of thousands of meters and sensors on the field with multiple proprietary technologies can be challenging. Not only is connecting multiple user-interfaces is difficult, but changing a vendor can also affect your existing platform. To address this problem, we’ve built our software and cloud interface to strictly adhere to Lightweight Machine to Machine (LwM2M) globally-recognized open standards, which eliminates the needs for closed systems.
Not familiar with LwM2M? Fear not. We handle the LwM2M details so that you don’t have to become an expert.
If you are interested in learning more about LwM2M, we recommend visiting the OMA SpecWorks website to find out how it was created to address modern industrial IoT needs.
Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT)
One other major advantage of using LwM2M is that it goes hand-in-hand with Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), which is a low power wide area (LPWA) network created especially for low-power and battery-powered IoT devices. NB-IoT enables connectivity for hard-to-reach devices, such as a meter located below ground or deep inside a building. What’s more, LwM2M can empower NB-IoT devices to last for 10 years or more on a single battery. NB-IoT also supports a massive number of connections and performs on an optimized network architecture, making it one of the best standardized technologies available for smart meters.