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Reinventing smart water metering

A hardware and software interface design module helps retrofit unnetworked devices and turn them into smart ones connected to the LoRaWAN

eleven-X operates a coast-to-coast public low power network in Canada
eleven-X operates a coast-to-coast public low power network in Canada

Eleven-X, Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network operator, has been chosen as wireless network partner by submetering company QMC to reportedly “reinvent” the smart water meter market.


QMC will launch its smart water metering solution in early 2018, marking the first time a metering services company will use a public LoRaWAN network in Canada.


Smart metering solutions use proprietary networks and technologies that can sometimes be unreliable and, because they are built for only that single application rather than being publicly available for multiple applications, can be expensive. QMC set out to solve this problem, launching a turnkey end-to-end solution utilising the eleven-X LoRaWAN network.


Key to the successful development is the eleven-X LoRaWAN Interface Design [LiD] module, which allows eleven-X partners and customers to retrofit un-networked devices and turn them into a smart device connected to the eleven-X public LoRaWAN network.


The LiD module is a hardware and software solution that includes significant enhancements for security and ease-of-use in addition to its connectivity capabilities. In this case, QMC and eleven-X worked together to utilise the LiD module to deliver a self-contained device that will provide ‘bolt-on’ LoRaWAN connectivity for a wide variety of metering solutions and interfaces.


“eleven-X helped us go to market with complete confidence, by reducing the risk substantially,” said James Easton, CEO, QMC. “Being able to rely on having a robust, stable and secure LoRaWAN network like the one that eleven-X provides gives us the ability to make customer commitments with complete trust. eleven-X has been a true partner in helping us reinvent smart metering. This successful deployment collaboration allows us to expand our smart metering solution across Canada.”


“QMC is leading disruptive change with its smart metering services solution,” said Dan Mathers, president & CEO, eleven-X. “When QMC approached us to help them reinvent the smart meter market, we saw a great opportunity to help by providing a complete solution to QMC that allowed them to convert un-networked water meters into smart meters and get automated meter readings from them.”


The eleven-X low power network’s mission is to enable the promise of smart cities, smart buildings and campuses and enterprise IoT applications. Supporting the use of low-cost battery powered sensors, the network addresses Internet of Things applications where requirements include wireless connectivity, devices that require long battery life, no maintenance and a low total cost of ownership.


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