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Octopus solution helps cities identify abnormal energy use

Using Octopus, cities can effectively detect swings in energy usage and respond to, prevent or address malfunctions, illegal activity or other hazards to the energy grid.

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Reports on the substation activity are immediately available for energy grid managers
Reports on the substation activity are immediately available for energy grid managers

NetOP, a developer and manufacturer of low power, wide area network (LPWAN)-based IoT) applications, has developed a smart energy consumption system to detect abnormal spikes in usage in city substations.

 

Based on Semtech Corporation’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol, the ‘Octopus’ solution leverages LoRa devices for real-time data monitoring of energy usage.

 

Simplify grid management

 

“The platform’s capabilities for consistent, accurate and real-time data monitoring allowed us to develop an application to simplify grid management,” said Olcay Taysi, founder of NetOP. “With LoRaWAN, cities can effectively detect swings in energy usage and respond to, prevent or address malfunctions, illegal activity or other hazards to the energy grid.”

 

According to Semtech, NetOP’s Octopus sensors can be quickly and simply deployed to city substations and begin collecting energy usage data in real time. Applications analyse trends from the LoRa-collected data, and generate usage reports through artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms.

 

These reports are immediately available for energy grid managers via a mobile device or desktop application and enable the detection and geolocation of abnormal energy usage throughout the city’s electrical grid.

“Applications leveraging LoRaWAN deliver highly effective municipal operations that, in addition to creating new efficiencies, enable a safer and more productive city.”

To-date, NetOP reports, the Octopus platform has enabled several successful use cases, including the prevention and swift response to electrical fires and the detection and geolocation of illegal indoor grow operations.

 

“NetOP’s smart utility solutions prove the value of LoRa devices for energy grids and cities on a macro level,” added Rémi Demerlé, director of vertical marketing for utilities in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

 

“The proven flexibility of LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol allows the convergence of multiple IoT applications for smarter, simpler management. Applications leveraging LoRaWAN deliver highly effective municipal operations that, in addition to creating new efficiencies, enable a safer and more productive city.”

 

NetOP develops and manufactures hardware based on Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors using communication technologies provided by low power, wide area networks (LPWAN), LoRa, NB-IoT, Bluetooth, CAT-M1 and GSM.

 

The company also presents a complete hardware management platform and software development kit (SDK) for many IoT applications and use cases. There are more than 100 sensors in NetOP’s portfolio.

 

Semtech said its LoRa devices are widely adopted long-range, low-power solutions for IoT that give telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide.

 

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