Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Telit helps Kron bring smart metering to Brazilian shopping centres

Steve Rogerson
June 15, 2016
Kron Medidores, a Brazilian provider of automation for about 90 per cent of the country’s shopping centres and intelligent buildings, has developed Konect, which is composed of the smart meter hardware and software for managing and monitoring utilities consumption.
The company is using Telit’s IoT portal to provide the management and remote visualisation capabilities for Konect customers. And it took just two weeks to integrate the platform. The platform enables all the necessary adjustments to be made to a smart meter so measurements on any device can be accessed in real time.
In addition, Kron Medidores is now starting to integrate Telit mobile communications modules into the Konect meters to make the product fully plug and play. The company had initially intended to connect existing meters via Ethernet cables but sees the simplicity and speed of deployment of devices using mobile connections as a means to lower the costs of implementation and accelerate time to market.
Konect smart metering aims to reduce energy, water and gas costs for organisations, while bringing together other information such as temperature and the humidity level of the air in workplace environments.
“The solution presents a new approach to the electricity meters market,“ said Roberto Bedicks, chief executive of Kron Medidores. “Konect is extremely versatile and integrates with other devices in automation systems incorporating multiple functions. Energy, one of the major inputs, requires efficient management to achieve better performance and lower expenses, making the organisation more competitive.“
The smart meters will boost awareness of consumption in commercial buildings, condominiums and shopping centres that want to achieve a complete view of their usage. That holistic view provides information about monthly energy, water and gas consumption before the end of each month, thereby facilitating better decision-making.
Konect provides assessment capability that encompasses the individual metering of consumption so enterprises can become aware of the variables of a particular department of a factory, shop, office building, condominium or other site. Employees can also control internal consumption within a retail outlet, for example.
“A segmented organisational vision is possible, which leads to better decision-making and helps avoid the negative impacts of unexpected energy bills,” said Bedicks.
Kron Medidores, which has worked in the electricity metering industry for more than 60 years, is looking to market the Konect smart meter hardware plus service offering beyond Brazil and is demonstrating the technology to distributors in Latin American countries including Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Mexico.
“With the Telit IoT portal, access to consumer-variable information such as water, energy and gas consumption is possible anywhere in the world,” said Ricardo Buranello, vice president of Telit Latin America.
Kron Instrumentos Elétricos was founded in 1954.