Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Netze deploys LoRaWan from Kerlink and Zenner

Steve Rogerson
March 25, 2020



French IoT specialist Kerlink and German LoRaWan integrator Zenner have collaborated on a LoRaWan deployment for Netze BW, a distribution network company for electricity, gas and water in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
 
The installation includes up to 3000 Kerlink Wirnet LoRaWan gateways.
 
Kerlink provides products for designing, launching and operating public and private LoRaWans, including industrial-grade network equipment, network-core, operations, management software and value-added applications. The company has more than 120,000 installations in 69 countries in all the primary IoT verticals.
 
“This partnership with Zenner is an important expansion of Kerlink’s business in Germany and demonstrates once again the best-in-class quality of our products for industrial-grade private IoT networks,” said Etienne Ghidossi, Kerlink key account manager. “Leveraging its strong field experience with equipment deployed in demanding environments, Kerlink offers carrier-grade gateways designed for enhanced radio performance, especially in ultra-dense 3G and 4G cellular settings, such as urban areas.”
 
Zenner applies systems based on IoT technologies as part of its digitalisation strategy, from project development to measurement-data acquisition and processing to applications at the end user. Focused on the digitalisation of the energy and water supply industries, the company offers products and services worldwide. The group operates the biggest LoRaWan in Germany. The infrastructure now comprises more than 6000 IoT gateways, with which over 800,000 measuring devices and sensors communicate on LoRaWans.
 
“This major deployment in Baden-Württemberg demonstrates the excellent scalability, flexibility, and robustness of LoRaWans, and the reliability of Kerlink LoRaWan gateways,” said Gerald Troppenz, business development manager at Zenner. “Kerlink’s flexible configurations simplified making its carrier-grade hardware compatible with our Element-IoT platform – a comprehensive middleware for device, network, data and user management.”
 
More than 120,000 Kerlink installations have been rolled out with more than 330 clients in 69 countries. Based in France, with subsidiaries in the USA, Singapore, India and Japan, Kerlink is a founding and board member of the LoRa Alliance and the uCIFI Alliance.
 
Zenner IoT, headquartered in Hamburg, is a LPWAN backend provider and E2E system integrator for utility companies in the Dach region. The company specialises in the development of customer-specific IoT applications. Its main clients are energy providers and public utilities among industrial enterprises, wholesalers and meter-reading companies. The company was established in 2017 and has been part of the family-run Minol-Zenner group since then.
 
The Minol-Zenner family-run group of companies offers measuring equipment, billing services, IoT and e-mobility. It has a global workforce of more than 3700 and maintains a local presence through subsidiaries and distributors in more than 100 countries.