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Czech Republic rolls out nationwide LoraWAN network

The network is being used for the country’s smart meter programme which so far has enabled a 30 per cent reduction in energy consumption

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There are plans for continued expansion of the nationwide network in the Czech Republic
There are plans for continued expansion of the nationwide network in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has deployed a nationwide LoRaWAN network, reaching three-quarters of the population with plans for further expansion.

 

Semi-conductor and advanced algorithm company, Semtech, worked with Czech telecommunications and digital infrastructure firm, České Radiokomunikace (CRA), to roll-out the network. It will allow users to access Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless frequency technology.

 

Smart metering

 

Smart metering is one of the first applications to run on the network. “We chose Semtech’s LoRa Technology for its open ecosystem and the flexibility it provides for Internet of Things (IoT) applications,” said Jan Skabrada, IoT partnership manager for CRA. “There is a strong push in the country to replace manual utility metering with an Internet-based, cloud-enabled solution.”

 

ABI Research estimates that nearly 20 per cent of utility meters worldwide will be connected using low power wide area networks (LPWANs) by 2026. Currently, CRA has 8,000 active metering devices deployed across the country and plans to increase this number to 20,000 by the end of 2019. With the number of smart meters increasing in the country, energy consumption has dropped by as much as 30 per cent.

“There is a strong push in the country to replace manual utility metering with an Internet-based, cloud-enabled solution”

“CRA provides Czech cities with flexible and reliable smart utility solutions that maximise efficiency in utility management,” said Vivek Mohan, director of IoT in Semtech’s wireless and sensing products group. “Leveraging Semtech’s LoRa Technology, solutions such as these can be put into place to increase efficiency, reduce costs and help conserve energy.”

 

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