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Now, utilities can leverage NB-IoT’s decade-plus battery life and reliable connectivity even when meters are underground and in basements

Internet of Things (IoT) enabler Telit, on Monday, announced that Comsel System has successfully deployed its ME910C1-E1 narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) module for smart metering applications on CK Hutchison’s 3 network in Sweden.

It is among Europe’s first commercial smart metering deployment on a live LTE NB-IoT network, setting the stage for utility companies across the world to leverage the standard’s advanced features, including decade-plus battery life and reliable connectivity deep inside buildings and underground.

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Comsel System specializes in IoT product design and development for the energy sector. It added Telit’s ME910C1-E1 to one of its existing smart meter solutions previously based on a 3G series of the xE910 family, enabling it to connect flawlessly to 3’s NB-IoT network.

Telit’s ME910C1-E1 supports LTE-M and NB-IoT features

The ME910C1-E1 supports LTE-M and NB-IoT features designed to meet the unique needs of IoT applications such as smart metering. These include:

  • Power Saving Mode (PSM) and extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX), which enable IoT devices to wake up periodically to deliver only small amounts of data to the network and then go back to sleep. This power efficiency has the potential to extend battery life beyond 10 years, which is critical for smart meters that typically need to remain in service for at least a decade.
  • Enhanced in-building penetration, with smaller coupling loss compared to other cellular standards. This ensures reliable connectivity even when meters are located deep inside buildings and underground utility vaults.
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Featuring the industry’s popular 28.2 x 28.2 x 2.2mm LGA form factor, the ME910C1-E1 is a dual mode LTE-M/NB-IoT member of Telit’s best-selling xE910 module family. This common form factor, electrical interfaces and programming interfaces enable IoT vendors to upgrade their existing 2G and 3G xE910-based products with the ME910C1-E1 quickly and inexpensively.

A breakthrough for utility companies

“Comsel’s flawless implementation of Telit’s ME910C1-E1 on 3’s network is a breakthrough for utilities eager to take advantage of NB-IoT,” said Yossi Moscovitz, President of Products and Solutions at Telit.

Talking about the project, Kristian Heimonen, CEO at Comsel System Ltd., said they delivered Zodiac smart metering terminals with support for NB-IoT/M1.

“In addition to the NB-IoT/M1-terminals, Comsel also delivered Zodiac 3G-/4G-terminals for smart energy metering. The solution gives the customer a Service Level Agreement (SLA) of up to 100% and has a high degree of security. The Telit ME910C1-E1 module is included in these products,” Heimonen added.

Their tests with the NB-IoT/M1-terminals have been both successful.

“NB-IoT will make a real difference for Internet of Things. Historically, we’ve been in the forefront with new services, and once again we are the first with an important innovation. This is just the beginning of the avalanche of connections and services that this new technology will enable,” said Johan Johansson, CEO at 3.

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