Low Power Networking Solutions for Second Generation Smart Metering

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:00 AM EDT
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Sponsored By Ubiik

Utility investment in smart metering networks surged a decade ago as American utilities looked to save meter reading costs, improve grid reliability, and take advantage of funding made available under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Today, many early advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) networks are aging out and utilities are evaluating upgrade paths and new networking protocols. Low power wide area (LPWA) networking solutions are now available, with attractive cost and technical characteristics uniquely suited to support utility smart meter networks.

This Guidehouse Insights webinar provides an overview of emerging LPWA network protocols and discusses the technical aspects of four solutions as they relate to smart metering: LoRa, NB-IoT, LTE-Cat-M1, and Weightless. The technical specifications of these solutions will be discussed, as will case studies of projects where LPWA technology has been deployed as the backbone for smart metering networks.

  • LPWA solutions for smart metering
  • LPWA use cases for AMI
  • LPWA solutions vs. legacy protocols
  • Examples of LPWA deployments for AMI networks
  • What are LPWA networking protocols and how do they compare with legacy solutions?
  • What are the technical specifications of the dominant LPWA protocols?
  • What functions can LPWA networks perform in an AMI context?
  • What are some real world examples of LPWA solutions being deployed for AMI purposes?
  • Which LPWA solution offers the greatest benefits for various AMI network use cases?
  • Utility networking managers
  • Utility metering managers
  • Water and gas utility executives
  • Regulators
  • Investors