Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Lemonbeat integrates Semtech LoRa into smart meters

Steve Rogerson
January 8, 2019



Dortmund-based Lemonbeat has integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless RF technology into its smart metering products for easier reading and collection of utility usage.
 
“During the development of our lean metering solution, we quickly realised that an innovative combination of our own high-bandwidth radio protocol with LoRa technology’s long range capabilities would be very useful and offer a clear added value," said Oliver van der Mond, CEO of Lemonbeat. "We combined the best of both worlds using Semtech’s LoRa technology as the logical choice. With Semtech, we have found a leading provider who was able to meet our requirements.”
 
Lemonbeat’s smart meters work by using embedded LoRa-based IoT technology to connect the meter to their own purpose-built receiver units. Using this connectivity, meters send data through multiple floors in bigger buildings or all the way into the street, where network operators can collect the data without having to enter the building.
 
Using the meters’ other radio frequency, Lemonbeat Radio, meters provide customers accurate data on their energy consumption. With a third-party application, individuals can view and analyse these data, and change their habits accordingly.
 
“Lemonbeat’s solutions offer a compelling mix of accurate and efficient energy monitoring, with an ease in reading for the utility provider,” said Vivek Mohan, director of IoT at California-based Semtech. “These meters are reflective of an industry trend towards lean metering, in which cost-effective receiver units provide highly detailed data to consumers and providers alike. Semtech’s LoRa technology, with its proven, flexible capabilities, is the ideal platform for IoT.”
 
Semtech’s LoRa technology gives telecoms companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWan specification have been deployed in more than 100 countries.
 
Lemonbeat was founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of Innogy SE, one of the largest utility companies in Europe. Its key offering is an IoT communications backbone, which helps close the gap between physical products and software applications. As a standardised product, it replaces the in-house development of an individual communications infrastructure and thus saves costs commonly involved in creating and maintaining an IoT application.
 
Semtech is a supplier of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors and algorithms for consumer, enterprise computing, communications and industrial equipment.