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Smart IoT solutions

Leveraging our nationwide presence, we have been among the first to start rolling out our LoRa WAN network to provide high-quality services to our existing and future customers in a new and rapidly progressing industry, in the field of IoT (the ‘Internet of Things’).

A network of individual sensors, capable of communicating with each other, enables the extracting of a set of data that may reveal correlations that traditional methods are unable to detect. Such data and previously hidden correlations may, in turn, become the basis for new services and measures to achieve further savings – or simply make everyday tasks easier.

One of the greatest advantages of LoRa WAN technology is the extreme energy efficiency of both sensors and gateways (base stations). The sensors and data sources may function for up to 5 to 10 years without an external power source, continuously transmitting information and measurement data concerning the area or equipment being monitored. While data is typically transmitted from the sensor to the gateway, information may flow in both directions, i.e. it is possible to intervene and control the process.

 

WHY CHOOSE US?

PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVES

High-level data security
Industrial quality
Easy integration

NO SIM

No mobile subscription
Independent radio communication
Any LoRa device can be connected

LONG SERVICE LIFE

Battery-powered devices
5-10 years of guaranteed service life
Indoor and outdoor use

 

OUR SERVICES

Our basic IoT services include data communication through our LoRa WAN network and data processing (currently, only within Hungary). Roaming will also become available as foreign networks evolve. According to the needs of our customers, access is provided to our network through which information received from sensors or other data sources able to connect to the LoRa WAN network are transmitted to the requested server. Since data are encrypted using the highly reliable AES128 encryption standard, the network enables the transmission of confidential information such as the consumption data of corporate or household utilities (water, gas, electricity, heating) or the communication of certain property protection systems. Optionally, we offer basic data processing and protocol adaptation services to our customers.

Moreover, Antenna Hungária will soon begin to gradually open its LoRa WAN network to developers so they can test its capabilities in real time, without particular risks or expense. Following a simple registration process, registered developers will be granted access to a personalised and dedicated test environment, where they can test and record the LoRa tools they have developed. First, they will have a chance to test sensors, whereas later we would like to offer opportunities to integrate and test substantially more complex developments in a live environment.


If you are interested in our services, please contact us at: iot@ahrt.hu

DISTRICT HEATING

Our LoRa devices, not requiring network integration, offer an excellent solution for the remote reading of the data of existing heat meters. Radio technology enables the easy reading of the metering data of heat transmitters installed in locked, windowless rooms or basements. We guarantee a 5-year service life for our LoRa device connected to the heat meter. No additional maintenance is required during that period.

WATER UTILITY SERVICES

Innovative technology enables the remote reading of the condition and consumption data of water meters, pressure controllers and other technological water meters installed in manholes and other confined spaces. Continuous monitoring enables the easy localisation of technical breakdowns and water main breaks, thus substantially reducing network loss. The autonomously functioning LoRa data transmission devices guarantee many years of operation.

GAS SUPPLY

The LoRa technology enables smart metering and the remote reading of gas consumption data without replacing the existing gas meters in the case of both household and industrial gas metering equipment. In addition to consumer metering devices, other technological equipment in the distributor network can also be connected to the network, resulting in cost-efficient operation for service providers. 

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Our solution supporting energy management enables municipal governments to continuously monitor the energy consumption of their institutions. The existing meters need not even be replaced, while achieving a fully automated collection of water, gas and power consumption data, enabling the central analysis of data and consumption control. Installing our solution, consumption can be kept under control, while automatic alerts can be generated in the case of leakages, pipe bursts or irregular use.

SMART PARKING

The flagship of Smart City solutions is the wide range of easy-to-install parking lot sensors. The emergence of LoRa technology and low-consumption sensors has enabled the development of easy-to-install parking sensors and the related applications. Improving the convenience of city-dwellers, it increases the utilisation of existing parking infrastructures, potentially generating additional income for communities. Operators can integrate occupation data into their systems or display them for motorists. Familiarity with the actual occupation data makes it easier for motorists to find a free parking space, which reduces car traffic in cities.

AIR POLLUTION AND CLIMATE DATA

Increased car traffic and unfavourable climate change have resulted in steadily deteriorating air quality in big cities, as indicated by the increasingly frequent smog alerts. LoRa-based measurement points enable the development of cost-efficient urban measurement networks capable of monitoring the quality of air virtually down to street level. Climate and air pollution maps based on measurement data enable the urban maintenance entity to take immediate action;   as a result, it will be possible to reduce the ill health caused by air pollution.

STREET LIGHTING

Smart light fittings integrated into the LoRa network can be continuously monitored through remote management, enabling the remote activation/deactivation and light intensity control of individual lamps. Due to central management, any lighting defects, line breaks or outages are soon detected and notified. As the system is controlled through the LoRa radio network, the light fittings can be kept under tension 24 hours a day; this enables the integration of additional equipment requiring an uninterrupted power supply. Street lighting fixtures may well be the basis for future Smart City infrastructure, enabling the easy installation of various environmental sensors, traffic monitoring cameras as well as street Wi-Fi systems.

 

TECHNOLOGICAL BACKGROUND

LoRaWAN™ is the standard for a radio communication network of extremely low capacity yet capable of bridging large distances, which has been developed to support the implementation of network-independent, long-life, battery-powered systems. Such systems often include IoT (Internet of Things) equipment in situations where no fixed energy source is available on site or its installation would be too expensive or risky, and an alternative solution needs to be sought to avoid the need to lay a cable.

 The LoRa WAN standard simplifies and streamlines cooperation between various smart devices and systems. Eliminating the need for complicated installation instructions, LoRa WAN restores freedom for both users and developers, while facilitating the application of the ‘Internet of Things’ for business purposes.

Radio communication between the end devices and gateways is transmitted over a so-called ‘spread spectrum’ connection, on different frequencies (channels) and at varying data rates depending on the quality of the radio environment and the desired settings. The system adjusts itself to the actual circumstances, automatically defining these parameters for each device (e.g. sensor). 

In certain applications, data security is a key priority. These include systems transmitting confidential information such as public utility networks (consumption, meter serial numbers etc.), smart city networks (street lighting, parking control etc.) or medical applications (health condition, emergency reports etc.). The LoRa WAN resolves that issue by multi-layer encryption, using unique identifiers to encode communication:

  • Network identifier (EUI64)
  • Application identifier (EUI64)
  • Device identifier (EUI128)

The LoRa WAN classifies end devices into three classes in terms of serving various customer requirements:

  • Class A end devices, with a strictly defined gateway -> end device direction of communication. While complying with the 1% rule referred to above, the end device may transmit at any time; two reception time windows will only open for reception when transmission has ended. When they have expired, until the next transmission, the sensor will not respond to messages from the gateway. This is the most energy-efficient mode.
  • Class B end devices, with a defined gateway -> end device direction of communication. It differs from the operation of Class A devices in that it enables the generation of a higher number of reception time windows on the end device/sensor side. In practice, this means that the sensor wakes up to receive messages at pre-defined intervals. While this is less power-efficient, it enables addressing the sensor at specific intervals.
  • Class C end devices, with an unspecified gateway -> end device direction of communication. In this mode, the end devices can be addressed at any time, which makes the system excellent for less time-critical process control.
  • WARNING: The reception direction is only active when the end device is not transmitting. Simultaneous transmission and reception are not possible (simplex mode).

The cost of such IoT devices, including sensors and other accessories, is declining steadily, which will soon make them readily available not only for businesses but also for private individuals, including you.