The pioneering project, which will be concluded by the end of the year, is the result of a partnership between five major companies
The first operational pilot project using electrical energy smart meters and NB-IoT communications technology has begun in the Parque das Nações in Lisbon. The pioneering project, which will be concluded by the end of the year, is the result of a partnership between five major companies: NOS, EDP Distribuição, Huawei, Janz CE and U-Blox.
The solution combines emerging technologies with the smart metering of electrical energy and the latest generation networks to oversee the electricity network.
EDP Distribuição is using the technology for a pilot project as part of the Upgrid project of the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. The infrastructure network using NB-IoT technology has been installed by NOS, based on Huawei’s technology. Nos becomes the first operator in Portugal to test the 4.5G-IoT technology on its network infrastructure.
NB-IoT is a low power wide area (LPWA) wireless access technology, which offers a wide range of advantages, including a battery life of up to 10 years, a gain of 20dB over conventional GSM networks and support to more than 100,000 connections per cell.
Based on optimised and bi-directional communication, NB-IoT addresses a number of challenges relating to intelligent networks and smart energy:
The Parque das Nações area in Lisbon was chosen by EDP Distribuição to pilot the project among around 100 customers, until the end this year. This cluster of the city is already covered by NB-IoT and has been equipped with two NOS base stations, which provide NB-IoT coverage.
Intelligent energy management in the homes of these customers, who will also play an active role in helping to improve their energy consumption efficiency, represents a relevant practical example for this technology.
Manuel Ramalho Eanes, board director of NOS, said: “We are really proud of NOS’ involvement in this innovative project, which will make a real difference in making electricity consumption more efficient in Portuguese homes in the near future.”
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