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China based Kaifa selects SEMTECH LoRa for real time smart metering

William Payne
October 31, 2018

Chengdu, China, based semiconductor and IoT solution developer Shenzhen Kaifa Technology (Kaifa Metering) has incorporated Californian semiconductor specialist Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) into its smart utility metering products. The company expects to provide customers with up to 25 percent in water savings from implementing its smart utility management cloud based solutions.

“Semtech’s LoRa Technology and the LoRaWAN open standard allow our sensors to connect to both private and public networks, so our customers can track their real-time utility usage,” said Letao He, Technical Director of Kaifa Metering. “Our sensors are easily added to existing meters, meaning the creation of a ‘smart meter’ is easy to deploy and easy to use.”

Kaifa Metering’s LoRa-enabled meters offer the ability to monitor a building’s utility usage in real time. The data collected by the LoRa-enabled sensors is analysed for trends and changes are made to reduce wasted utility consumption, resulting in cost savings on a monthly utility bill. Kaifa Metering customers have seen savings up to 25% after leveraging the LoRa-enabled metering solutions.

The meters work by using embedded LoRa Technology to connect to the LoRaWAN-based network. The LoRa-enabled meters communicate through the LoRaWAN-based network, sending messages about utility usage at intervals. The network then pushes this information to Cloud-based applications for analysis and is accessed by the home or business owners through their smartphone or other connected device.

“Semtech’s LoRa Technology is ideal for smart meters, providing long range, easy to deploy and flexible capabilities,” said Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT, Wireless and Sensing Products Group at Semtech. “According to market research, the smart meter market will be roughly four times as large in five years. LoRa Technology and LoRaWAN are equipped to be industry leaders in this rapidly expanding market.”