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Seluxit opts for Semtech LoRa in German smart meters

Steve Rogerson
August 21, 2019



A meter has been developed as part of the MeDa project for a German energy companies with Danish IoT developer Seluxit, using LoRa technology from California-based Semtech.
 
The MeDa meter leverages LoRaWan’s advantages for smart metering to help consumers change wasteful energy habits and save money.
 
“Seluxit chose Semtech’s LoRa platform due to the number of significant advantages the platform provides for the smart metering vertical market,” said Daniel Lux, Seluxit CEO. “LoRaWan-based connectivity allows our customers to more closely monitor utility consumption in real time. After installing one of our LoRaWan-based smart metering solutions, like the MeDa meter, customers typically get insight into their energy consumption patterns, which enables them to change appliances and/or habits to see a reduction in energy waste and total cost.”
 
The deployment of the MeDa smart meter across Germany is increasing following the rollout that began in November 2018, with several hundred thousand units of the total 6.4 million currently planned for deployment. The MeDa meter leverages LoRa technology from Seluxit to provide real-time data monitoring of energy usage and proven connectivity to the cloud for long-range data transfer.
 
Additionally, Seluxit’s LoRa modem encrypts all data transfers as an element of compliance with Germany’s data security and privacy regulations. The meter’s long-range capabilities allow end users to monitor energy usage remotely, even in large high-rise buildings. By closely monitoring energy consumption, users can change wasteful energy habits and reduce their energy-related spending.
 
The MeDa smart meter uses a LoRaWan-based protocol stack that not only leverages LoRa modulation for long range, but also uses FSK modulation for shorter distance transmission at a higher data rate. This is possible due to the versatility of the Semtech hardware. The higher data rate provides end users more detailed information about their energy consumption.
 
“LoRaWan is quickly becoming the de facto leader for IoT, and its long range, low power and ease of integration into existing infrastructure are clear advantages in the smart metering space,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president at Semtech. “For developers and system integrators, LoRaWan simplifies development and accelerates IoT applications to market.”