LoRaWAN’s low power consumption and deep penetration are key aspects that will allow utilities to deploy long-lifetime IoT devices in buildings and underground
LoRa Alliance and DLMS User Association (DLMS UA) have signed a liaison agreement to define a new DLMS communication profile for low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies such as low range wide area network (LoRaWAN).
In addition, the two organisations will exchange knowledge and develop documentation as well as collectively educate the market ecosystem about the advantages of using the DLMS application protocol and data model over the LoRaWAN networks.
Speaking on the development, Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman, LoRa Alliance, said, “With more than 500 members, over 100 LoRaWAN network operators and coverage in over 100 countries, LoRaWAN is the most adopted LPWAN protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT).”
“DLMS is a well-recognized application standard for utilities worldwide. By using the open LoRaWAN network protocol, utilities will profit from its unique benefits, such as flexibility in choice of network models and having a best-in-class certification program for end devices. LoRaWAN’s low power consumption and deep penetration are key aspects that will allow utilities to deploy long-lifetime IoT devices in buildings and underground, and use these to connect assets, create new services and accelerate their digitization,” said Moore.
Open new possibilities
Tony Field, Chairman of the DLMS UA Board of Directors, commented, “We, at the DLMS UA, are enthusiastic about the Liaison Agreement with the LoRa Alliance. The collaborative creation of the new profile will open new possibilities for users of DLMS/COSEM over LPWAN IoT network technologies such as LoRaWAN. This development leverages the flexibility, efficiency and security of DLMS/COSEM, and its inbuilt ability to operate over virtually any communications technology.”
By utilising DLMS over the LoRaWAN networks, utilities will be able to achieve network connectivity that supports smart metering use cases including electricity, gas, water and thermal energy, across several IoT applications. This will also enable utilities to enhance services and integration into smart homes, industries, buildings, as well as cities.