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QMC Partners with eleven-X to Develop Smart Water Meter Solutions

Waterloo-based eleven-X Inc., operator of Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network, has been selected by QMC, a Canadian company specializing in submetering, to be the latter’s wireless network partner to develop innovative solutions for the smart water meter market. QMC will launch its reinvented smart water meter market solution in early 2018, which will be the first time a metering services company will use a public LoRaWAN™ Low Power Wide Area Network in Canada.

In Canada, and many other parts of the world, smart metering solutions use proprietary networks and technologies that can be unreliable and, because they are built for only that single application rather than being publicly available for multiple applications, they can also be very expensive. QMC set out to solve this problem, launching a turnkey end-to-end solution utilizing the eleven-X public LoRaWAN network.

Key to the successful development and launch of QMC’s smart metering solution is the eleven-X LoRaWAN Interface Design [LiD] module. The LiD module provides the ability for eleven-X partners and customers to retrofit un-networked devices and turn them into a smart device connected to the eleven-X public LoRaWAN network. The LiD module is a hardware and software solution that includes significant enhancements for security and ease of use in addition to its connectivity capabilities. In this case, QMC and eleven-X worked together to utilize the LiD module to deliver a self-contained device that will provide ‘bolt-on’ LoRaWAN connectivity for a wide variety of metering solutions and interfaces.

The eleven-X low power network enables the promise of smart cities, smart buildings and campuses and enterprise IoT applications. Supporting the use of low-cost battery powered sensors, the network addresses Internet of Things applications where requirements include wireless connectivity, devices that require long battery life, no maintenance and a low-total cost of ownership.

Read more about eleven-X:

Region of Waterloo and eleven-x Partner for Smart City Water Project