Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Butano 24 integrates Semtech LoRa into gas measuring sensor

Steve Rogerson
April 25, 2017



Butano 24, a Spanish company delivering IoT devices that provide data to energy and utility companies, has integrated Semtech’s LoRa RF technology in its gas level measurement application to monitor tank levels intelligently.
 
The smart gas bottle sensor uses ultrasound to measure the gas level without requiring any modification or invasion of the bottle. If the level is low, a request for refill can be automatically triggered. This IoT system helps distributors analyse the buying and consumption patterns of users, leading to a more efficient gas delivery mechanism that will give users more control over their orders.
 
It also provides the distribution company with increased operational cost savings by ensuring inventory is on-hand and closely tracked at the right times.
 
“LoRa technology is a key platform in our solution, which streamlines tank level monitoring operations,” said Antonio Martín, chief executive officer of Butano 24. “LoRa technology’s long-range, low-power connectivity is ideal for logistics applications and provides us with a robust, accurate solution that our customers need.”
 
Semtech’s low-power LoRa technology allows the system to run on batteries for more than ten years while automating data transmission and enabling cloud storage for real-time information and data monitoring. LoRa technology is especially effective in sensor-based applications due to its low-power battery operation and long-distance communications capability in regional, national and global LoRaWan networks.
 
“With its low-power, long-range capability, LoRa technology is optimal for the logistics and supply chain industry,” said Mike Wong, vice president of marketing for Semtech. “We believe LoRa technology can drive innovation in the IoT industry for both B2B and B2C markets.”
 
The Butano 24 smart sensor is planned for production during the final quarter of 2017 and can be adapted to measure other liquids, fluids, liquefied gas or combustibles in portable or fixed vessels.