The Practicalities of Smart Metering. Find the Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions
Smart metering is an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that responds to the need for remote and automatic measurement of utilities consumption. It concerns meters for electricity, water, gas, heating and other utilities, the consumption of which should be constantly monitored. The system architecture includes the concepts behind Industry 4.0 and the creation of smart cities.
Smart metering based on a combination of a device and a cloud solution. This enables permanent access to data collected on an ongoing basis and analysis in real time, which is the greatest value of the entire solution.
Comarch Smart Metering operates on the basis of established technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ethernet and LTE, as well as new ones such as NB-IoT, which provide better signal penetration.
Smart metering is becoming increasingly popular and is already a standard in some countries. When used as a factory solution together with the Industry 4.0 concept, it can produce tangible business results. Thus, it fits perfectly into the smart city trend, which is revolutionizing the world today.
It’s hard to predict which way smart metering solutions will move. There are many promising technologies on the market, including new iterations of NB-IoT. We believe that adding more business value via different types of sensors (such as access hatch, pressure and temperature monitoring) can be a good direction in which to go.
Smart metering enables remote reading of meters, as well as early detection of anomalies such as leaks, violations and security alerts. It allows reduced network operating costs and automates service and maintenance.
Comarch Smart Metering can be installed in an existing measuring infrastructure. Its implementation requires the installation of small devices (Comarch M-BUS/Wireless M-BUS Gateways). They periodically collect data from meters, and then, using standardized protocols, send the information to the IoT cloud platform, where it is collected, processed and analyzed.
Our device has an IP68 rating. We developed it with an awareness of possible floods. In such a case, the device will still collect the data, and send the information as soon as it regains connectivity with BTS. It is normal that a device underwater does not have communication with BTS. Some of the devices which we have already implemented are in access hatches that are often flooded
Download our PRACTICAL GUIDE if you want to know more about:
- Communication technologies that can be used during implementation
- The future of smart metering
- Differences between replacing meters and retrofitting
- Cyber-security related to IoT solutions
- The lifespan and specification of the gateways