For several years now, our European cousins have been remotely reading water meters using LoRa technology. In France, Birdz, the IoT subsidiary of Véolia is to connect more than 3 million water meters using the LoRa network and Orange. LoRa technology is now used to read water, gas and electricity meters in the rest of Canada and in more than 160 countries. So the technology is solid and mature.
X-TELIA has been making it possible to do the same in Quebec for several years now! X-TELIA now provides a LoRa radio module, certified by Industry Canada, to read meters with an "encoded" or "pulse" interface and a secure Web platform that allows you to easily read and manage a fleet of meters from different manufacturers.
Several cities have already started to deploy this open and cost-effective solution.
One of the great advantages of LoRa technology for reading water meters is its low energy consumption. The module can therefore read a meter once an hour for more than 10 years on a single battery , which can be easily replaced. This makes it possible to quickly detect a faulty meter, an attempt at fraud or a possible water leak.
Moreover, unlike the meter reading solutions of the water meter manufacturers, the data belongs to the city, which can directly access the raw data without going through a web interface (cloud) like ours. The city can therefore choose the interface it wants to use and is never tied to a mandatory subscription. This is an open solution.
If you are interested in testing this new way of reading water meters for your city, send us a request for a free pilot via the CONTACT page from our website.