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LoRaWAN bringing internet of things to utilities

4th April 2019
Alex Lynn

The global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), the LoRa Alliance, and the DLMS User Association (DLMS UA), have announced that they have signed a liaison agreement to define a new DLMS communication profile for LPWAN technologies such as LoRaWAN.

Additionally, the two organisations will share knowledge, develop documentation and jointly educate the market ecosystem about the benefits of using the DLMS application protocol and data model over LoRaWAN networks.

Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance, added: “With more than 500 members, over 100 LoRaWAN network operators and coverage in over 100 countries, LoRaWAN is the most adopted LPWAN protocol for the IoT. DLMS is a well-recognised application standard for utilities worldwide. 

“By using the open LoRaWAN network protocol, utilities will profit from its unique benefits, such as flexibility in choice of network models and having a best-in-class certification program for end devices. LoRaWAN’s low power consumption and deep penetration are key aspects that will allow utilities to deploy long-lifetime IoT devices in buildings and underground, and use these to connect assets, create new services and accelerate their digitisation.”

By using DLMS over LoRaWAN networks, utilities will achieve network connectivity that supports smart metering use cases, gas, electricity, thermal energy and water, across many different IoT applications. This will allow utilities to increase services and integration into smart homes, buildings, industries and even cities.

Tony Field, Chairman of the DLMS UA Board of Directors, added: “We at the DLMS UA are enthusiastic about this Liaison Agreement with the LoRa Alliance. The collaborative creation of the new profile will open new possibilities for users of DLMS/COSEM over LPWAN IoT network technologies such as LoRaWAN. This development leverages the flexibility, efficiency and security of DLMS/COSEM, and its inbuilt ability to operate over virtually any communications technology.”

Vincent Audebert, EDF IoT Expert and LoRa Alliance Member, finished: “EDF strongly supports the creation of a DLMS profile over LoRaWAN networks and foresees many useful applications of IoT for the utility business with DLMS.”

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