Semtech Corporation has announced that NetOP, a developer and manufacturer of low power, wide area network-based IoT applications, has released a smart energy consumption system named Octopus to detect abnormal spikes in energy usage in city substations. The new smart energy consumption monitoring solution uses Semtech’s long-range, low-power LoRa devices and the LoRa wide area network (LoRaWAN) protocol.
NetOP’s LoRa-based Octopus sensors can be installed in city substations easily to collect energy consumption data in real-time. Thereafter, the applications analyze trends from the LoRa-collected data and generate usage reports through AI and advanced algorithms. These reports are immediately available for energy grid managers via mobile phone or desktop applications. This enables the detection and geolocation of abnormal energy usage throughout the city’s electrical grid.
NetOP’s smart utility solutions prove the value of LoRa devices for energy grids and cities on a macro level. Also, the flexibility of LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol allows the convergence of multiple IoT applications for smarter and simpler management. Moreover, applications leveraging LoRaWAN have the ability to deliver highly effective municipal operations, and besides creating new efficiencies, it can make cities safer and more productive.