Remote water meter reading (IoT) solutions are offered by several manufacturers. The technologies offered change over time. There are also platforms that have built-in convenient reporting tools, but often these platforms are compatible with remote water reading meters from certain manufacturers and therefore cannot reflect all data there.
It is very difficult for building managers, who historically have developed various technological solutions, to collect and analyze all this information in one place. Therefore, a platform independent of equipment manufacturers was developed, which periodically loads data from various technologies and indicators, which allows you to see a complete picture of consumption and equipment malfunctions in one place.
Development of the solution
Features of the remote water meter platform
In order to see the data of all water meters on one platform, data from the following sources was collected:
- Gateways from the manufacturer Elvaco, which can recognize remote reading water meters from different manufacturers that support the M-Bus standard.
- The manufacturer’s gMUC gateways also communicate with M-Bus standard remote reading water meters, heat meters, etc. viewers.
- LoRa gateways or antennas are usually several kilometers away from the counted radio head. In addition, the gateway itself forwards encrypted data. Data decryption takes place on the Lora Network servers, from which reading data is read.
- Manual data entry is a method that works perfectly with any manufacturer’s meter. If it is achieved that the residents of multi-apartment buildings do this regularly, then there is no need to maintain a special IoT infrastructure at all.
The developed platform shows data from all these sources together. It allows you to compare the meter reading of the building with the meter readings of the common apartments, as well as prepare Excel reports.