LoRa Alliance drives LoRaWAN usage in utility meters with closer DLMS integration
The LoRa Alliance and the DLMS User Association (DLMS UA) have signed a liaison agreement to define a new DLMS communication profile for LPWAN technologies such as LoRaWAN.
The two organisations, representing the LoRaWAN community and the standardisation of DLMS for meter communications, respectively, will work to drive usage of the DLMS application protocol and data model over LoRaWAN networks.
The DLMS UA was founded by utilities and meter manufacturers to develop and support a standard for smart meter data exchange. The DLMS application layer can be used for all energy types and most communications protocols.
DLMS over LoRaWAN supports smart metering of gas, electricity, thermal energy, and water across many different IoT applications, they said. Utilities can increase services and integration into smart homes, buildings, industries and even cities, they claimed.
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Donna Moore, chief executive and chair of the LoRa Alliance, commented: “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 allow utilities to deploy long-lifetime IoT devices in buildings and underground, and use these to connect assets, create new services and accelerate their digitization.”
Tony Field, chair of the DLMS UA board of directors, said: “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.”