Toyokeiki, KDDI to develop smart gas meters using cellular LPWA platform

Tuesday 13 February 2018 | 05:44 CET | News
Toyokeiki and KDDI have agreed to jointly use cellular LPWA (LTE-M) IoT services to upgrade LP gas metering and other utilities services. KDDI and Toyokeiki will work together to build a new platform for LP gas companies. The work will include development of smart gas meters and new utilities services.

The two companies plan to build a platform on the cloud to enable LP gas service providers to boost their efficiency while offering LP gas customers value-added services. They also plan to develop ‘IoT-Rindou’ (IoT-R) data transmission devices for LP gas meters that are compatible with the Cellular LPWA (LTE-M) platform characterized by low electric power consumption and extensive wireless connectivity ranges. KDDI says the devices are expected to consume so little electricity that they will be able to perform 2-way telecommunication for about 10 years on common batteries. They are also expected to be able to transmit metering data automatically from locations where conventional telecommunications service reception is spotty or out of reach.

By combining the new cloud platform and IoT-R devices, Toyokeiki plans to propose new rate menus that offer LP gas customers better deal; promote prepaid services that help prevent delinquency; provide gas cylinder distribution through data analysis and AI applications; bring visibility to energy use through smartphone apps; enable elder monitoring services through observation of gas usage patterns; and standardize web-based online receipt and payment services.

Toyokeiki will also upgrade its "MultiCenter" information clearing house, which receives nationwide water and gas utility meter readings and emergency notifications, to be compatible with IoT-R data.

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