Smart-home sensor solutions - Bringing an antiquated metering system into the IoT universe
Creating a smart energy meter requires more than just a low-power, long-range, wireless module. The mechanical methods of measurement used by many meters are similar to those first installed with utility grids in the late 19th century, with an analogue output that is unable to communicate with a digital wireless solution.
One of our customers sought to overcome this challenge with a new digital meter. The design had to be cost-effective, robust, absolutely reliable, and able to operate for many decades. It also had to be ultra-low power, with only one small battery for a power source. The customer established they could use ultrasonic technology to measure the flow of water in the pipe; however, they found that even minor fluctuations in temperature caused water density (and therefore volume) to change. To address this, they needed a solution that could accurately measure the water temperature and instantly respond to minor changes.
Finding the perfect solution from a vast portfolio of technologies
We identified Shibaura thermistors as the perfect solution. Offering instant, accurate temperature measurement, their incredibly robust design provides a zero failure rate with an operating life of more than 30 years. The quality of the solution gave the customer total assurance with best-in-class performance.
This resulted in the creation of a new digital water meter that was both cheaper and more accurate than its mechanical predecessor. With no submerged mechanical parts, reliability was also improved. Most importantly, the solution enabled the customer to realise their ultimate ambition of a connected meter, which is now being deployed across Europe.
Turning great ideas into a customer success
Using our specialist technology portfolio and a pan-European team of technical experts, we have enabled thousands of designs to be realised, pushing many sectors and markets to new boundaries. The most important thing for us is to work with you to find the right solution for your requirements.
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Our IoT and Wireless Technology Centre will advance your ability to deliver innovative technology solutions for complex applications – from sensors to the cloud.
Creating custom solutions and navigating adding challenging connectivity to an application requires specialist expertise and capabilities. Our team of hardware design and software application engineers have extensive experience, ensuring we can bring your concept to life.
Covering proof of concept and feasibility studies for development, through to working prototype realisation and initial production management, our team delivers you complete project support.