Product Spotlight - October 2021

Product Spotlight - October 2021

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The implementation of advanced metering infrastructure is dependent on speed and accuracy. Now with the addition of LoRaWAN Class B endpoints, the Mi.Net node from Mueller Systems brings advanced metering infrastructure to the next level.

LoRaWAN Class B endpoints provide flexibility to scale network coverage and integrate into remote disconnect meters, leak detection and pressure monitoring systems, unlocking greater network efficiency and improving data granularity. The Mi.Net node, implemented with LoRaWAN Class B specifications, is a bidirectional endpoint capable of transmitting secure data to and from a network server within seconds, as opposed to hours with a Class A endpoint. At this unprecedented speed of communication, on-demand reads can be commanded and delivered without delay, providing real-time data to customer service and operations to identify and resolve outages quicker than before. 

“Beyond advanced reading, it improves water network management and reduces non-revenue water loss with leak detection,” says Kenji Takeuchi, senior vice president, Technology Solutions at Mueller. “It can reduce energy consumption in the cost of water with water flow and pressure monitoring and control of pumping systems for the water supply.”

The LoRaWAN specification is a Low Power, Wide Area networking protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery operated “things” to the internet in regional, national or global networks, and targets key Internet of Things requirements such as bidirectional communication, end-to-end security, mobility and localization services. Network architecture is deployed in a star-of-stars topology in which gateways relay messages between end devices and a central network server. The gateways are connected to the network server via standard IP connections and act as a transparent bridge, simply converting RF packets to IP packets and vice versa.

Recently, the town of Florence in central Pinal County, Arizona, became the first water utility to benefit from this technology advancement. “The deployment of smart meters is accelerating our journey toward digital transformation and the foundation required to build out our smart city grid,” says Town Manager Brent Billingsley. “We are confident that this open source network will provide new operational efficiencies, enhanced service opportunities and additional revenue streams.” 

Takeuchi notes that it’s encouraging to see more cities and water utilities like the town of Florence at the forefront of the Industrial Internet of Things revolution.

“We understand that municipalities are facing challenges on many fronts,” he says. “Our technology solutions can help drive a better focus on utility spending and return on investment while helping them operate more efficiently.” 800-423-1323;


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