LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT: Technologies made for smart metering

Discover the advantages of LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT communication technologies in installing and operating efficient smart metering infrastructures for diverse residential environments and benefit from dynamic customer interaction.

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Tue, 2017-06-06 15:00 UTC
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Drivers for energy companies to create and manage an intelligent metering network are well known.

The more efficient handling of resources, the deployment of renewable energy resources and changes in legal frameworks are all pressuring utilities to create stable and secure communication infrastructures.

Another motivation for smart communication is the potential for dynamic interaction with customers.

This allows utilities to set up new business models and link their customers more closely to their offerings.

Introducing new communication technologies

The newly implemented LPWA technologies Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT or Cat NB1) and LTE Cat M1 combine the advantages of using commonly available infrastructure with low-power consumption, deep in-building penetration and high numbers of simultaneously operating units. 

Although there are different preferences for implementation between the Americas, Asia and Europe, both technologies are well-suited for intelligent metering.

NB-IoT and LTE Cat M1 - benefits

NB-IoT provides advantages in efficient battery operation, targeting 10+ years, and improved maximum coupling loss of +23 dB compared to 2G or 3G, therefore enabling underground coverage.

By design, NB-IoT benefits from cost-optimised deployments due to its ‘clean slate’ approach.

NB-IoT does not need to coexist with classic 4G traffic allowing the hardware to be simpler and cost-effective. And as it is not burdened with backward compatibility, there is a fair chance of reaching industry cost expectations over time.

LTE Cat M1 is gaining more traction in the US market. Since LTE Cat M1 technology is much closer to standard LTE network deployments, it enables applications that need more bandwidth and latency similar to higher speed LTE categories. 

LTE Cat M1, however, also includes extensive power-saving modes and better coverage as compared to 2G or 3G.

Why join this webinar

In this live energy webinar, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of two new communication infrastructure technologies
  • Understand how they can be deployed to deliver electricity, water, gas and heating services
  • Learn about how both technologies provide design security functions - from communication module security features to meeting future utility security requirements

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How do I get  copy of the slides?

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Michael Wiebe

Good question, I can't find them either.


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Rose Bundock



Is it possible to download the presentation video, because it is only available to display it




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AbdulAziz AlBarrak
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