The first LoRaWAN remote energy monitoring solution in Estonia, implemented by Nordic Automation Systems and Fortum

Press Release
25th of April 2017
Tallinn, Estonia

 

The  Internet  of  Things  (IoT)  technologies  will  continue  to  grow  in  2017  with  the  utility
sector to drive the highest adoption of IoT applications. Smart meters are becoming the
top IoT device among utilities, allowing easy monitoring and managing the energy usage
on a daily basis.

According to the report by Grand View Research, the global market of Smart meters in IoT
applications  will  reach  165.5  million  units  by  2020,  while  global  energy  demand  will
increase by 37% by 2040.

In the utility sector, the increasing demand for eco-energy solutions will put a pressure on
utility companies to find better solutions for their consumers, which likewise add a growth
to the smart meter market.

Together  with  the  leading  international  clean-energy  company  Fortum,  the  IoT  product
developer  and  solution  provider  Nordic  Automation  Systems  has  developed  the  first
LoRaWAN  sensor  to  transfer  consumption  data,  where  remote  reading  modules  are
installed to the existing heat meters.

“LoRaWAN  modules  for  Kamstrup  enables  us  to  read  beside  energy  also  temperature,
capacity and pressure,” says Indrek Hagu, the representative of Fortum Tartu.
In  addition  to  the  fact  that  customers  do  not  need  to  record  their  readings  every  month
manually, Fortum can also analyze the district heat substation parameters and act instantly
when  needed.  It  is  also  essential  to  bring  out  the  network  monitoring  ability  through
consumer measuring point.

“LoRa technology allows similar remote reading as we are already using (Ethernet, GSM).
However, the key factor to LoRaWAN use is the independence of external power supplies.
This  means  that  the  readings  are  documented  to  the  remote  reading  module,  which
guarantees almost 100% accessibility to data,” adds Mr. Hagu.

Furthermore, it is important to mention the cost-efficiency that LoRa technology provides,
since there are no network fees as in the GSM connection.

Nordic Automation Systems founder Viljo Veesaar said, “We are glad to collaborate with
Fortum to develop a LoRaWAN-based heating energy monitoring solution, which will make
energy  consumption  more  efficient  and  allows  consumers  and  companies  to  have  a
clearer understanding of their energy usage.”LoRaWAN  Multical  Reader  provides  real-time  consumption  data  and  a  detailed  usage
overview, which is gathered wirelessly and processed automatically. The sensor enables the acquisition of heat consumption data from Kamstrup Multical series heat meters and is
meant to be attached to the exisiting heat meter as an internal module.

At the end of the year there will be installed 300-400 sensors to Fortum customers heat
meters in Tartu, Estonia.

About Nordic Automation Systems


Nordic Automation Systems (NAS) is an industrial automation company, creating sensor
technologies,  data  analysis  and  monitoring  solutions.  NAS  is  one  of  the  world’s  leading
provider of full vertical LoRaWAN solutions: sensors, gateways and Cloud – plug & play.
LoRa technology enables them to provide end-to-end LoRaWAN – smart metering, smart
monitoring, smart city and industrial IoT applications. The company is operating in Norway
and Estonia, employing 25 specialists in its production and development units. NAS is the
technology partner for telecom and IT infrastructure provider Levira to offer IoT services in
Estonia.

Nordic Automation Systems is a member of LoRa Alliance, an open non-profit association
of members who will collaborate to drive the global success of the LoRa technology. For
further information, please visit NAS website at www.nasys.no.

About Fortum

Fortum is international clean-energy company that provides its customers with electricity,
heating  and  cooling  as  well  as  smart  solutions  to  improve  resource  efficiency.  Fortum
wants to engage their customers and society to join the change for a cleaner world. They
employ 8000 professionals in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Poland and India,
and 62% of our electricity generation is CO2 free. More information www.fortum.ee.

About LoRaWAN

The  technology  used  in  a  LoRaWAN  network  is  designed  to  connect  low-cost,  batteryoperated  sensors  over  long  distances  in  harsh  environments  that  were  previously  too
challenging  or  cost-prohibitive  to  connect.  With  its  unique  penetration  capability,  a
LoRaWAN gateway deployed on a building or tower can connect to sensors more than 10
miles  away  or  to  water  meters  deployed  underground  or  in  basements.  The  LoRaWAN
protocol offers unique and unequaled benefits in terms of bi-directionality, security, mobility
and  accurate  localization  that  are  not  addressed  by  other  LPWAN  technologies.  These
benefits will enable the diverse use cases and business models that will grow deployments
of LPWAN IoT networks globally.

For further information contact:

Viljo Veesaar
Email: viljo@nasys.no
Ph: +47 909 285 23
Web: www.nasys.no

 

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