Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Semtech helps Birdz extend smart meter network

Steve Rogerson
June 18, 2019

French water metering company Birdz is using LoRa technology from Semtech to extend its network, automate reading operations and improve efficiency.
Birdz, a subsidiary of Nova Veolia and a specialist in optimised resource management, is continuing its use of California-based Semtech’s LoRa technology for future deployments of its smart meters.
“Semtech’s LoRa technology is perfectly suited for smart water metering due to its deep indoor and long range performance and low power consumption,” said Xavier Mathieu, CEO at Birdz. “LoRa-based metering sensors can be deployed into existing infrastructure either outdoors or indoors and offer strong connectivity in dense city settings.”
Birdz offers the ability to integrate IoT services and devices in the network, such as water leak detectors, fire hydrant monitors and water quality probes. By using LoRa-based networks, it aims to provide better coverage and grow existing networks to connect more devices to meet user needs.
Birdz’s smart meters provide long-range connectivity and report usage data. Utility companies use the data to improve operational efficiency and customer service. Birdz has announced it expects to deploy over three million LoRa-enabled smart water meters across France by the next decade.
In 2015, Eau du Grand Lyon in France implemented a smart water network using Birdz’s smart water sensors – meters and noise correlators – integrated with LoRa technology. The water management approach generated benefits at Eau du Grand Lyon including:

  • Identification, geolocation and fast repair of 1200 water leaks in the distribution network;
  • A million cubic metres of water saved annually in production due to improved performance of the distribution network; and
  • Increase of water network efficiency in four years, from 77% in 2014 to 85.2% in 2018.
“Smart metering is one of LoRa technology’s most successful vertical markets due to its long range, low power capabilities,” said Rémi Demerlé, director of utilities market at Semtech. “Implementing a smart metering infrastructure with LoRa technology allows utility companies to collect data faster and more efficiently, streamlining the deployment of smarter, more sustainable solutions.”
Born from the merger of Homerider Systems and M2ocity, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Nova Veolia, Birdz is a pioneer in remote water meter reading.