Landis+Gyr

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Spark’s second Internet of Thing’s (IoT) network enables the rollout of smart meters.

“Landis+Gyr meters fitted with our flexible and modular communication modules are perfectly suited to take advantage of 4G networks with M1 technology. This allows us to get to market quickly and provide utilities with a robust coverage to ensure the success of smart metering rollout.”

Michael Stribling, Spark

Spark has switched on its second Internet of Things (IoT) network, LTE Cat-M1 (M1). This network will run over Spark’s 4G mobile network to give quality, low-bandwidth IoT connectivity and deliver a new capability for New Zealand in IoT.

The new network will be a key enabler to the progressive rollout of smart metering by Landis+Gyr, a global leader in smart metering and smart grid solutions.

Spark is the first operator in New Zealand to make its M1 network commercially available in main centres with a progressive nationwide rollout happening in the coming months.

The rollout of Spark’s M1 IoT Mobile network will connect a wide variety of new and existing IoT solutions including wearables, smart appliances, electricity, gas and water meters, asset monitoring, industrial automation and more.

Running on Spark’s cellular network, M1 technology enables lower cost devices, greater depth of coverage and near real-time access.

Spark’s Digital Services Lead, Michael Stribling says the rollout is a significant milestone. “We’re excited to work with Landis+Gyr to roll out their smart metering technology on our network. We’re very focused on delivering the network foundations to allow businesses to use IoT to run their businesses better. By accelerating the availability of networks, we’re making IoT real, and we’re seeing huge opportunity for New Zealand businesses and communities to leverage this new technology.”

Landis+Gyr was the first in Australia to develop and demonstrate smart metering over the M1 network, which is being used in their smart meter and communication modules. The company already had smart metering solutions in New Zealand and opted to switch to Spark’s M1 network to take advantage of its broader coverage.

Rodney Chaplin, the Landis+Gyr General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, says rolling out smart metering over the new network will provide a robust solution for customers. “Landis+Gyr meters fitted with our flexible and modular communication modules are perfectly suited to take advantage of 4G networks with M1 technology. This allows us to get to market quickly and provide utilities with a robust coverage to ensure the success of smart metering rollout.”