Chilean Water Utility Tests Narrowband IoT Technology
Friday, February 24, 2017 | Comments

Spanish carrier Telefónica, Huawei and Kamstrup deployed their first project with a water utility’s data using narrowband internet of things (NB IoT) technology. One of the leading water utilities in Chile tested connectivity management of a telemetry solution for residential water meters.

Telemetry will allow clients to know their daily use, facilitate actual invoicing by avoiding estimated use, and detect leaks and abnormal situations in the home, as well as not invoiced water flows. It will also offer the water network operation teams information regarding provision to customers.

NB-IoT is a low-power wide-area network connectivity enabling increased battery life, appropriate use-specific cost, wide coverage and indoor penetration. At the same time, the technology will allow for great scalability and comprehensive security.

The collaboration with Huawei enabled the launch of the first true NB-IoT experience in Latin America, a statement said. Kamstrup provided the smart meters, while Huawei oversaw the corresponding update to the NB-IoT network. Telefónica Chile’s research and development (R&D) center, together with Huawei, was responsible for designing and planning the technical tests. The center, a joint initiative between Telefónica and the Chilean government, specializes in developing technologies around IoT, particularly those associated with connectivity and low-power networks, fundamental to sector development.

Telefónica and the other companies that participated in this first experimental client pilot plans expect to expand in the near future to more than 300 residential water meters by reusing the 700 MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and thereby demonstrating how public service companies can achieve efficient operations through IoT solutions.

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