Why Utilities are choosing Smart LoRaWAN® connectivity

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LoRa Alliance ® and LoRaWAN ® are registered trademarks. Used with permission. ©2020 LoRa Alliance ® The LoRa Mark is a trademark of Semtech Corporation or its subsidiaries. www.lora-alliance.org WHY UTILITIES ARE CHOOSING SMART LoRaWAN ® CONNECTIVITY Neptune, North America Neptune, a technology company that provides measurement tools, networks, software, and services to water utilities across North America, partnered with Senet, a leading global provider of cloud-based software and services platforms, to provide utility companies with a wireless Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) infrastructure. Combining Neptune's technology and metering units with Senet's highly scalable and reliable LoRaWAN removes the burden of having to install and maintain network infrastructure, so that utilities can get back to the business of water. The IoT network serves as the foundation for smart cities, allowing municipalities to achieve higher levels of integration among technology-driven city services and solutions across multiple operations and service sectors. CONCLUSION The utility sector is facing pressure from authorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect natural resources and optimize global energy consumption. Meanwhile, there is a continuous increase in demand and more and more densifying distribution networks in urban areas as the world population keeps increasing and megacities become the norm. With localized and limited resources, utility organisations need to invest more for enabling a better efficiency in distribution operations. Also, with even broader use of internet-based applications, utilities must adapt and engage in a digital transition to provide clear and regular consumption information. Policies also exist which can penalize utilities that do not have a plan for increased efficiency, such as water utilities for reducing non-revenue water, or gas utilities for decarbonating and securing potential gas leaks with detectors. Improving global efficiency, becoming more environmentally friendly and safer are key goals for utilities. To scale with long-term interoperability and benefit from the great disruption of the Internet of Things, utilities are demanding open-standard connectivity technologies allowing the choice between several network models (public/private/hybrid). Utilities also need cost-effective, robust, reliable, perennial, secure, easy-to-install wireless technology to support their businesses' digital transformation, along with those of their partners and customers in the long term. LPWANs in general, but LoRaWAN in particular, meet and exceed the needs of utilities as they transform for the new digital age of environmentally responsible utility supply. In fact, LoRaWAN is the leading connectivity technology within the LPWAN market and already widely adopted in a large ecosystem supported by the LoRa Alliance, along with a vibrant developer ecosystem, securing its position for serving utilities in the long term. In addition, LoRaWAN has the flexibility and simplicity to adapt easily and thereby ensure utilities have the connectivity they need for their businesses — whatever the future holds. REFERENCES 1 https://www.iea.org/reports/world-energy-outlook-2019 2 https://www.iea.org/news/world-energy-outlook-2019- highlights-deep-disparities-in-the-global-energy-system 3 https://www.iea.org/reports/global-ev-outlook-2019#key- findings 4 https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/ 5 https://ec.europa.eu/energy/topics/energy-efficiency/ targets-directive-and-rules/energy-efficiency-directive_en 6 https://lora-alliance.org/sites/default/files/2019-04/tr002- fuota_process_summary-v1.0.0.pdf 7 https://lora-alliance.org/sites/default/files/2019-11/dlms- lorawan-whitepaper_v1.pdf 8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu6C1lI--KY

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