LoRaWAN: Efficient wireless water metering solutions for distributed networks
Updated on October 4th, 2022
Wireless water metering is transforming the way buildings, institutions, or industrial facilities are able to effectively monitor and record water use. However, these meters are an untapped resource for recreational facilities. Wireless water meters are extremely beneficial for effective remote meter readings across distributed networks for manufactured homes, mobile home parks and more.
How do they achieve this? Through an innovative and low-power wireless platform within the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, known as Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN).
LoRa works by sending a low powered radio wave that is effective across long ranges. Essentially, it’s a wireless technology like Wi-Fi or LTE that is more robust against disturbances while sending small chunks of data between a sender and receiver.
The application of LoRaWAN
LoRaWAN is a low-power network protocol layer built on top of the LoRa modulation. This protocol creates a wireless connection between battery operated devices and the internet across regional, national, and global networks. This connection allows it to manage communication between end-node devices and network gateways, essentially prioritizing two-way communication, optimized security, mobility and localization services.
The powerhouse duo
Combined, LoRaWAN facilitates smart IoT applications that provide solutions to demanding challenges businesses and property owners endure. This includes infrastructure efficiency and energy management. This new smart metering technology allows connected devices to be attentive to any possible costly water leaks, and evaluate water usage through accurate real-time data, allowing operators to collect this information throughout the network for increased efficiency.
LoRaWAN is a growing favourite for commercial or industrial spaces because it is an affordable long-range, bi-directional communication protocol with very low power consumption. Compared to other wireless data transmission technologies, this utility grade metering technology provides a substantially greater communication range with low bandwidths, proving to be an ideal option for distributed networks. By successfully operating on a low data bandwidth over long ranges through self-sufficient and durable practices, very little energy and data is consumed.
As an innovative approach to meter readings, smart wireless water metering surpasses traditional methods with distinguished benefits, including:
- Long-range coverage – Connects devices across a network up to 48 km apart
- Low power usage – Needing very little energy with an extended battery life of up to 10 years
- Standardized application – Offers a broad range of connectivity capabilities with other devices, and is available globally for quick deployments of IoT applications anywhere
- Deep penetration indoors – Provides a reliable coverage indoors and in multi-story buildings
- High capacity – Effectively supports millions of messages across a network, meeting the operating needs of distributed networks serving large markets
- Economical – Minimal infrastructure investments are required, therefore reducing battery replacement expenses, and ultimately operating expenses
Wireless water metering technologies like LoRaWAN are a game changer when it comes to meter readings for recreational sites. By providing lower operating expenses across longer ranges, this results in decreased energy consumption and increased operational efficiency within these sites. To learn more, contact QMC today.