Semtech and Vision Expand Smart Utility Meter Adoption

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Semtech and Vision Expand Smart Utility Meter Adoption

Semiconductor and algorithm provider Semtech Corporation announced that Vision Metering, LLC (Vision), has increased its deployment of solutions by incorporating the LoRaWAN protocol across key markets in the U.S. and Latin America.Smart Utility Meter

Vision is a developer of IoT utility metering infrastructure (AMI)-based smart electric meters and meter interface units for water and gas meters,
Vision confirmed it has been able to onboard municipal utilities across the U.S. and Latin America with its metering hardware and software at a rate of two to three per week. The company helps customers install their own LoRaWAN networks and provides them with plug and play tools to manage their systems. Vision’s customer Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-Op reported, it is conducting a full system deployment for its rural electric cooperative over a nine county area in Northeast Michigan. It will replace its monthly member-read honor system and annual “true-up” task of manually reading 47,500 meters. A representative from the Ferry County Washington Public Utility District No.1 shared that District No. 1 is projected to save over $20,000 in 2021 by eliminating 100-mile round trip transportation costs to read the electric meters of remote customers through the adoption of the new end devices.

Semtech’s LoRa devices has been instrumental in our development and successful rollout of a new completely modular system for any combination of electrical, water and gas utilities,

said Randy Austin, President and CEO of Vision.

Our cooperative and public owned utility customers are saving all kinds of money by upgrading legacy systems to Vision’s fixed, long range AMI solutions that eliminate traditional manual meter reading methods and expensive truck rolls to turn services on and off.

Vision’s smart meter solutions utilizing LoRa empower utility companies in both urban and rural areas with smart, sustainable and efficient utility management,

said Marc Pegulu, vice president of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

The ease of deployment, scalability and cost-savings capabilities of LoRaWAN make it the de facto platform connectivity choice for a growing market of electrical, water and gas IoT monitoring applications.

Author: Rainer Claaßen
Image Credit: Vision Metering

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