MADRID, Spain – Telefónica, Huawei and Kamstrup have successfully deployed their first project with real user’s data using NarrowBand IoT technology (NB-IoT).
One of the leading water utilities in Chile has successfully tested connectivity management of a telemetry solution for residential water meters.
Telemetry will allow clients to know their day-to-day use, will facilitate actual invoicing by avoiding estimated use, and will 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 the end customers.
NB-IoT is a low-power wide-area network connectivity, focused on adapting devices to the needs of the Internet of Things market (IoT), thus enabling increased battery life, appropriate use-specific cost, wide coverage and indoor penetration.
With the goal of promoting an open and participatory Internet of Things ecosystem, Telefónica has collaborated with two large companies in the sector.
Kamstrup has provided the smart meters and Chinese firm Huawei has taken on the corresponding update to the NB-IoT network.
Additionally, Telefónica Chile’s R&D Centre, together with Huawei, was responsible for designing and planning the technical tests.
This centre, a joint initiative between Telefónica and the Chilean government, specialises in developing technologies around IoT, particularly those associated with connectivity and low power networks, which are fundamental to sector development.
Telefónica and the other companies that have participated in this first experimental client pilot plans are to expand in the near future to more than 300 residential water meters by reusing the 700 MHz LTE network and thereby demonstrating how public service companies can achieve efficient operations through IoT solutions.