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Semtech and Ubicquia Light Up the Streets with a Smart Grid LoRa-based IoT Solution

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Ubicquia’s smart street light solutions provide a multitude of advanced functions and Cloud-based analytics

Semtech Corporation , a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that Ubicquia, a company devoted to offering mobile carriers, utility companies and light manufacturers cost-effective and modular solutions for deploying smart city services, has incorporated Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) into its Ubicell streetlight gateway module.

Streetlamps represent a large portion of a city’s allocated energy budget, in some cases reaching upwards of 40%. Studies of energy grids estimate that a smart grid Internet of Things (IoT) solution utilizing sensors, gateways and LED bulbs would provide large financial returns as well as valuable data. Ubicquia’s new LoRa-based gateway module allows the Ubicell streetlight to act as both a gateway and a client maintaining its core functionality that includes advanced light control, utility grade power metering, tilt and vibration sensing, connection to third party sensors and network integration.

“Leveraging our Ubicell streetlight router that is compatible with more than 350 million streetlights worldwide, our Ubicell LoRa-based gateway module is the most cost-effective way to stand up or densify an existing LoRaWAN™ network,” said Ian Aaron, CEO at Ubicquia. “Our new gateway module is designed to meet the growing needs of LoRaWAN service providers and customers who are looking to scale the deployment of LoRa sensors for street lighting, utility metering, garbage collection, or an increase in data traffic from video and audio edge services.”

“Ubicquia provides cities with a reliable, smart grid solution to keep utilities running as efficiently as possible,” said Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “By leveraging Semtech’s LoRa Technology and smart grid sensor data, Ubicquia changes the way cities handle utility management, and turn streetlights into so much more. LoRa Technology’s long-range, low-power platform and ease of installation make it the solution of choice for city planners and civil engineers everywhere.”

About Semtech’s LoRa® Devices and Wireless RF Technology

Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives 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. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN™ specification have been deployed in over 100 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance™, the fastest growing IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site and join the LoRa Community to access free training as well as an online industry catalog showcasing the products you need for building your ideal IoT application.

About Ubicquia

Ubicquia offers municipalities, utilities, broadband service providers and lighting manufacturers a cost-effective and expandable platform for deploying simply connected, simply smart broadband, small cell and smart city services. Our plug and play network has the ability to turn any street light into a multi-function router that supports a growing list of services that include advanced lighting controls, public Wi-Fi, and the connection to 3rd party sensors including air quality monitors and surveillance cameras. To learn more about how Ubicquia can make your city simply connected and simply smart, contact sales@ubicquia.com, or visit the Ubicquia site.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com.

Soure: Ubicquia/Elizabeth Kolakowski/Business Wire

Local councils missing out on more than £400 Million possible savings from M2M technologies

 

Local councils are missing potential savings of over £400 million and the opportunity to improve the services they offer to citizens by not capitalising on the benefits offered by Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies, Vodafone UK has found.

 

  • Smart street lighting and smart in-building energy management systems in local government buildings could provide savings of £402.3 million
  • New research by ComRes for Vodafone UK shows that 67 per cent of urban councillors are not aware of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies and how they can be used to deliver better, more cost efficient public services
  • 77 per cent of people living in urban areas say they would support their council’s decision to invest more in new technology to drive improved public services

To understand why local government is yet to reap the benefits of M2M for the efficient delivery of public services, Vodafone research, unveiled today, found that although the vast majority of urban councillors are positive about investment in technology, two thirds (67 per cent) are not familiar with M2M. This gap in understanding would explain why M2M is yet to be widely used to improve public services such as street lighting, refuse collection, urban traffic and transport management, whilst at the same time saving the tax payer millions.

Vodafone UK worked with research partner ComRes to poll 629 GB urban councillors and over 1,600 residents living in or on the fringes of the country’s urban areas to understand their views on the use of technology for public service delivery and to gauge which services are of concern to residents. The poll found that councillors agree that investing in technology is important in delivering better public services. This approach is also supported by the majority of urban residents.

The provisional local government finance settlement means that councils in England face cuts of almost £8 billion this year (1.8 per cent of 14/15 budget)1. By utilising M2M – also called the Internet of Things (IoT) – local councils could benefit from significant savings while improving key services. Smart street lighting and energy management systems in local government buildings, for example, could save over £400 million (£402.3 million), making up around 5 per cent of the cuts expected over the next year with just two M2M-based solutions.

Today’s research suggests those savings would be welcomed by citizens who overwhelmingly said (77 per cent) they would fully support their council’s decision to invest more in new technology to drive improved public services.

Matt Key, Director of M2M sales and commercial at Vodafone said, “While the importance of technology seems to be widely appreciated by local councillors and residents in urban areas, the lack of awareness of the massive benefits to be gained from M2M and the Internet of Things means that urban councils are missing out on opportunities to deliver better, smarter and more cost effective services in the areas which matter to their local communities.”

“Among the small amount of councillors who are familiar with M2M, almost all of them (83 per cent) feel the technology will be important in delivering better services and improved value to the community. If we can help more councillors understand the possible savings and the benefits, then we have a real opportunity to help local councils improve the services for their communities, as well as free up more budget to be reinvested in front line services.”

Citizens are in support of smart technologies

The poll of Britons living in or on the fringes of urban areas found them to be in strong support of using M2M technologies to improve public services and reduce running costs. The greatest savings could come from monitoring systems in local authority buildings to reduce energy consumption, a measure supported by 85 per cent of residents. When Vodafone implemented smart monitoring systems across 200 of its sites, the company made an average saving of 29 per cent in energy costs, per site. With UK local authorities spending around £750 million each year on energy costs2, they could save close to £190 million per year with an average saving of 25 per cent through the introduction of similar systems.

Further savings could be achieved by smart street lighting – 80 per cent of residents in urban areas said they are in favour of lighting which brightens when it senses people or vehicles are nearby to reduce energy consumption. If connected or smart street lights were rolled out to all 7.5 million street lights in the UK this could drive savings of £52.9 million on energy costs (based on a conservative 20 per cent reduction) and £161.9 million in maintenance, equating to total savings of almost £215million (£214.8 million).

M2M technology can improve the services that citizens are most dissatisfied with

According to the survey, residents of urban areas are less likely to be satisfied on issues concerning transportation and traffic, compared to other council services, such as refuse collection and street lighting.

Traffic management, for example, can readily benefit from M2M technologies. As the survey suggests, congestion in urban areas such as London, is a major frustration for its residents, as well as costing councils money. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the number of hours spent by drivers idling in traffic in London is expected to increase by nearly 20 per cent over the next fifteen years to 299 hours – equating to 40 working days a year by 20303.

In fact 88 per cent of adults living in urban areas said they support the introduction of smart traffic light systems which automatically respond to the flow of people and vehicles for more effective traffic management. Support for improvements to traffic light systems was higher than any other proposal tested in the polling.

Furthermore, fifty-seven per cent of residents said they would be in support of their local council investing in applications to help them find parking spaces. One City Council is already embarking on a project with Vodafone to help direct drivers to the council’s 10,000 parking bays4 – some of which remain vacant because people can’t find them. Drivers spend around 15 minutes looking for an available space, so the project will greatly reduce congestion.

“The benefits that are already being seen by the private sector, other markets and some local authorities are just too significant for urban councillors to ignore,” said Matt Key. “Those at the highest level in Government are starting to recognise the potential with IoT making its way into the Spring budget for the first time earlier this year. We recommend that urban councillors find out more about M2M technologies to see how they can improve the services that matter most to their residents while making budgets work harder. At Vodafone, we are committed to working with local councils to make best use of technology to create some of the smartest, most efficient cities in Europe.”

Source: Vodafone

 

Itron invites developers to create apps for IoT & Smart Cities

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Itron a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced today the launch of the Itron Riva Developers Community, inviting developers to create applications for its Itron Riva platform.
Itron Riva is the first-of-its-kind distributed intelligence platform that supports sensing technologies and dynamic applications at the device level. With the developers community, Itron is accelerating app software development for the Itron Riva platform, further enabling an ecosystem of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The Itron Riva Developers Community will offer developers the tools to prototype, validate and develop turnkey IoT applications. These applications could cover various IoT verticals, such as energy and water management, building energy management, smart street lighting and solar monitoring. The applications will run on interconnected devices, which could include parking meters, appliances, streetlights, sensors and more.
Through the Itron Riva Developers Community site at https://itronriva.com, developers will be able to access tools and support for app development, including purchasing Itron Riva Development Kits, participating in an online forum and accessing Itron support. The development kit includes an Itron Riva board and tools for cloud-based analytics and visualization of sensor and network health data. It is interoperable with WiFi, Ethernet, power line carrier (PLC) and IPv6 communications.
“For the first time, engineers, developers and manufacturers will be able to develop, deploy and manage sensing technologies and dynamic applications at the device level. By launching the Itron Riva Developers Community, we are fundamentally changing edge computing for millions of meters and smart devices worldwide,” said Simon Pontin, Itron’s chief technology officer. “With more than 145 million devices, including communication modules and meters, in the field, Itron is uniquely qualified to advance the Internet of Things. We are giving developers access to a robust, secure and programmable platform for true distributed intelligence, creating numerous possibilities for realizing the promise of the IoT to empower smarter utilities and smarter cities.”

Source: Itron