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Taiwan picks Weightless for smart meter programme

Steve Rogerson
July 24, 2018



Taiwan is using the Weightless industrial low power wide area network (LPWAN) to manage the data collection and transmission of 70,000 electricity meters.
 
Local company Ubiik won the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) tender and will deploy its Weightless communications suite of data concentrator units, metering modules and head-end system (HES) software.
 
The deployment is mandated by the sole electricity provider of Taiwan. It will be completed by early 2019 in New Taipei City in the northern part of Taiwan as well as in the second-largest city of the island, Kaohsiung, in the southern part. Ubiik will provide six years of operation and maintenance service of the data collection network.
 
The fulfilment of this tender is part of the 260,000 smart electricity meters that are planned to be connected in total by early 2019 as the first step in Taiwan’s smart grid initiative. Ubiik is one of four companies awarded this project, the other winners being large telecoms operators and system integrators.
 
Ubiik is the only one leveraging a LPWAN technology (the open standard Weightless), while its peers sourced existing hybrid technologies such as wired and short range mesh RF, or proprietary mid-range wireless technologies.
 
Starting from the mid 2010s, Taiwan’s government has launched a grand mission to transform its energy-production and management landscape from a nuclear and carbon-dominated power generation scheme, to a gas and renewable energy scheme.
 
The aggressive plan consists in installing three million smart meters by 2024 and 12 million more in the next decade.
 
Taiwan energy transformation relies on Taiwan’s electricity provider enacting an AMI for its electricity meters deployed from now on. AMI is regarded as a key to enhancing the efficiency of the power grid; the analytics enabled help the island balance its supply and demand, therefore the country can save precious energy.
 
“Ubiik is honoured to have been awarded this tender’s project, using our vertical AMI including the HES, Weightless connectivity, and DLMS and COSEM protocol stack,” said Tien-haw Peng, founder and CEO of Ubiik. “We are eager to support Taiwan’s energy infrastructure development towards a greener future. With the experience of this world-class initiative, Ubiik is poised to continue scaling its ground-breaking solutions globally within the metering industry and in other stringent industrial applications.”
 
Established in 2016, Ubiik is headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
 
The Weightless SIG is a non-profit global standards organisation based in the UK, formed to coordinate the activities needed to deliver and promote its industrial IoT connectivity technology.