Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

OATI uses LoRa to connect Flora meters

Steve Rogerson
July 11, 2019



The city of Flora in Illinois has chosen Minnesota-based OATI’s AMIoT LoRa-based advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to assist with revamping its metering system. This should give Flora up-to-the-minute metering and smart technology to serve residents.
 
OATI is partnering with Vision Metering, a South Carolina provider of LoRa-based electricity meters.
 
AMIoT is AMI technology that can help small municipalities with smart metering. It uses a LoRa-based network for the communication backhaul, encompassing an LPWAN protocol that provides bidirectional communications to the meters, and other devices, on the IoT network.
 
The technology is flexible enough to support various use cases beyond AMI. The LoRa network takes advantage of open wireless and messaging communication protocols that allows utilities to add a multitude of LoRa-based devices such as gas and water meters, asset tracking, distribution automation, load management, and other sensing and control devices.
 
Flora serves a community of over 5000 residents in the state of Illinois. OATI AMIoT will help the city provide the AMI head-end system for nearly 3000 residential and commercial electrical metering points. The system supports integration of meter location and outage information using online mapping and integration with Flora’s existing utility billing software. This should help the city address service issues as they happen and reduce the effects they have on the community.
 
“We are proud to empower the great tradition of small towns embracing disruptive technology, the way Flora has with OATI AMIoT,” said Sasan Mokhtari, president and CEO of OATI. “This is the forefront of AMI technology, providing simple and cost-effective solutions that will bring Flora’s metering processes into the future.”
 
OATI’s goal is to simplify, streamline and empower the operational tasks required in energy commerce and smart grids. Serving more than 2200 customers in North America, OATI deploys and hosts mission-critical technology to industry standards and security guidelines.
 
The company provides smart grid, energy trading and risk management, transmission scheduling, congestion management, distribution, and market management products and services. It is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with offices in California, Punjab, Telangana and Singapore.