Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

EasyLinkin adopts Semtech LoRa technology for smart meters

Steve Rogerson
September 4, 2018



EasyLinkin Technology, a Chinese system provider for LoRaWan connectivity in vertical industries, has incorporated Semtech’s LoRa technology into its IoT smart meters to improve facility management.
 
LoRa-enabled smart meters from EasyLinkin monitor utility usage rates in real time to provide facilities more visibility to reduce operating costs. The LoRa-based products are easy to install on existing meters and are being deployed across China in both public and private LoRaWans. Utility companies can monitor utility usage in real time to reduce operational costs and conserve natural resources.
 
“Our customers are able to analyse their usage through real-time data collected by our smart metering to reduce operational costs,” said Kun Xu, co-founder of EasyLinkin. “This was enabled and would not be possible without Semtech’s LoRa technology, which provides the ideal IoT solution for utility monitoring and management. The easy deployment and flexibility of LoRa technology enables consistent data transmission in either a private or public network.”
 
Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a long-range, low-power system for IoT that gives telecoms companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products and IoT services. IoT networks based on the LoRaWan specification have been deployed in more than 100 countries.
 
“With an increased emphasis on sustainability, there’s an absolute need for IoT solutions, like Semtech’s LoRa technology, to solve real-world environmental challenges,” said Vivek Mohan, director of IoT for Semtech’s wireless and sensing products group. “Integrating LoRa technology into EasyLinkin’s metering devices provides an IoT solution that reduces operational costs like maintenance and allows an inside look into utility consumption, letting consumers change their usage accordingly.”
 
EasyLinkin’s G500 gateway and M200 modules have been adopted by system integrators, application partners and platform partners such as Alibaba and CEC with hundreds of LoRaWan projects deployed in the area of smart metering, public security, smart buildings and smart communities.
 
With an R&D centre in Optical Valley, Wuhan, which is one of the world's largest centres for communications equipment, EasyLinkin has sales offices across China in Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Chongqin. The core team is from Huawei, Broadcom, AMD, Samsung, Tsinghua University and UCLA. EasyLinkin secured investments from IDG, China Growth Capital and CEC and other venture capital institutions in June 2018.