Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

EasyReach turns to Semtech for energy monitoring

Steve Rogerson
March 11, 2020



Indian IoT company EasyReach has developed an energy and use status monitoring system based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWan protocol.
 
It provides real-time data monitoring to detect changes to the usage status of appliances.
 
“With Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWan protocol, EasyReach was able to create a product to enable efficient, reliable energy monitoring for a variety of applications,” said Amol Vedak, founder and director at EasyReach. “The EasyPlug deploys in about ten minutes and the low power capabilities of the battery powered sensor enables monitoring applications even when they are switched off.”
 
The LoRa-based sensor can be attached to the power supply cord of appliances in about ten minutes and immediately begins collecting data on the appliance’s energy usage, on-off status and location data in real time. EasyReach’s web-based platform creates reports on the collected data for user trend analysis, providing insight into the energy efficiency of their applications.
 
Additionally, automated alerts generated by the system notify managers of changes in equipment use to prevent theft, overuse or abnormalities.
 
Return on investment begins on deployment, with applications monitoring energy consumption and reducing associated bills.
 
EasyPlug has enabled a number of successful applications to date, including retail refrigerators, hospital x-ray machines, security cameras, computers, digital signage and office equipment.
 
“Smart IoT applications leveraging LoRa devices provide customers with accessible and actionable data enabling them to reduce energy waste and monthly bills,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president of IoT at Semtech. “LoRa devices and the LoRaWan protocol allow the simple deployment of flexible solutions to efficiently and reliably monitor power consumption as well as provide new operational efficiencies.”
 
EasyReach aims to be one of India’s top IoT companies by building products and services that specifically address Indian problems while keeping the Indian context and constraints in mind. It is building IoT products for the retail industry that enhance productivity, track assets and improve RoI for brands and retailers. Eventually, EasyReach plans on expanding its offerings to other verticals with similar needs. The company is one of India’s biggest cloud controlled digital signage providers with more than 3000 locations across the country.