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Alpha-Omega Technology incorporates LoRaWAN into smart meters

Semtech has announced that Alpha-Omega Technology (AO-T), a developer of IoT utility metering solutions, has incorporated the LoRaWAN protocol into its KLAX line of smart meter interface modules.

AO-T’s applications leveraging the LoRaWAN protocol are designed to make it much simpler to deploy and retrofit legacy metering solutions for real-time utility data transfer over LoRaWAN networks.

“Semtech’s LoRa devices offer significant advantages for the smart utilities industry and bring customers the means to quickly, cost effectively and simply transform their legacy applications with long range connectivity,” explained Jan Bose, CEO at AO-T. “LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol provide customers an accurate look into their utility use rates, and represent an effective platform for IoT applications in the utility vertical. With this proven IoT platform, AO was able to create a product in KLAX that meets our customers’ needs and delivers a swift return on investment (ROI).”

AO-T’s KLAX module monitors energy and gas use in real time and integrates into existing metering infrastructure without the need for external devices, wires or a power source.

KLAX deploys magnetically and leverages a simple optical interface to connect with the meter, reducing installation costs This simple retrofit enables the smart, remote management of utility data from meters, which previously required in-person reading. The device utilizes LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol to deliver utility data long range, up to miles from the nearest gateway and deep indoors, creating an effective tool for large-scale business campuses and apartment complexes.

“The KLAX module leverages LoRa and the LoRaWAN protocol to allow customers the means to quickly connect their legacy applications and receive the benefits of IoT and smart metering,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of IoT Product Marketing for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “As there is a continued drive for efficiency and renewable energy as natural resources increase in scarcity, AO-T’s module brings the feature set for smarter, sustainable and efficient energy use.”

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Neil Tyler

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