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ZTE unveils NB-IoT based smart water meters

New meters use technologies including nonmagnetic induction and NB-IoT wireless remote transmission.

ZTE released two narrowband internet of things-based smart water meters during the CeBIT exposition taking place this week in Hannover, Germany.

The new smart meters – dubbed the LXY-15 and LXY-20 – are said to meet smart water meter reading systems’ requirements for wireless long-distance transmission of small data. The meters uses multiple technologies, including nonmagnetic induction, NB-IoT wireless remote transmission and low power consumption. They can also record water metering signals, store data and support remote communication, the Chinese company said.

The smart meters include a range of features, including dry type, multiple-jet eccentric structure, high sensitivity, wide metering range, reliable metering results, antimagnetic interference performance and anticontamination performance.   

“NB-IoT communication technology provides a new solution for the last-mile data transmission of the smart water meter reading systems,” ZTE said in a statement. “In NB-IoT wireless networks, water metering data and water meter status information are sent to the backend server through the uplink, the server configures the water meter parameters and delivers management commands through the downlink.”

ZTE inks smart city deals in Germany

ZTE said it signed an agreement with the German towns of Rüsselsheim am Main and Kelsterbach and Raunheim for the development of smart city initiatives.

“Smart city is our No. 1 future focus,” explained Thomas Jühe, mayor of Raunheim. “We will be able to collect and deliver data that is urgently needed by businesses – from environmental to traffic data. Businesses need to stay ahead, and this is exactly what we want to ensure.”

ZTE said 15 individual projects were selected, which will be implemented in separate municipalities or at a cross-municipal level. In the projects – which comprise infrastructure measures as well as the use of the IoT technology – the three towns will install sensors to collect metadata. The data is processed in an urban operation center and made available via a big data platform.

“This includes solutions such as smart parking, smart street lights, smart metering and public [wireless local area networks] as well as other digital solutions which we want to implement over the coming months,” added Kelsterbach Mayor Manfred Ockel. “These technologies will support our citizens as well as the urban authorities in the years to come.”

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