UK sensor network reaches 90% coverage
Written by: Charlotte Hathway | Published:

WND UK has said it has achieved 90% population coverage for its public IoT network.

The network uses Sigfox’s low-power wide area network (LPWAN) technology, which operates in the ultra-narrow band and requires a low amount of power so devices can run for years on a single battery.

“We’re continuing to strengthen the network by working with our customers to achieve deep in-building coverage where it’s required,” explained Tim Harris, chief executive, WND UK. “We will also be installing a further 500 repeaters during 2020, which will further enhance our coverage.”

Harris also said that the company has over 130 channel partners using the network for commercial applications. Use cases range from metering and flood detection to legionella monitoring.

Ian Rose, professional services director at PassivSystems, explained how PassivSystems is using Sigfox to develop an automated meter reading (AMR) solution. He said, “As part of an ongoing deployment programme with a major utility, we’ve already delivered 3,000-meter readers for district heating installations, enabling accurate billing for residents."

Rose added, “Most retrofit AMR devices use mobile GSM networks but achieving reliable signal connections can be problematic. Heat meters are often tucked away, located in a basement or in housing blocks with poor signal coverage. Using Sigfox is cheaper than using GSM networks and we get a higher level of coverage that offers better penetration within buildings. In addition to the improved reliability in signal for accurate billing, we can also collect data on the flow and return temperatures within a property to optimise performance of the heating system.”

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