Antenna Hungária, the country’s leading state-owned telecommunications service provider, has amassed decades of experience in the field of building and operating wireless networks. Leveraging this knowledge, its national service network, and site infrastructure, the company started to roll out its IoT (Internet of Things) network, the first stage of which took place in the Balaton region in the spring of 2017.
In the second stage, Antenna Hungária will extend the reach of its IoT network even farther, operating with more than one hundred base stations throughout the country. As part of the project, complete coverage will be provided for the capital, the principal towns of the counties, and a number of other major towns in the country by the end of the year. Based on LoRaWAN (Long range Radio) technology, the network of AH will have nationwide coverage after the expansion.
A key element of Antenna Hungária’s strategy is to introduce and ramp up the provision of value-added services based on the new national IoT network, which is underpinned by the considerable potential for growth in this market segment. One of the greatest advantages of this technology is that, on the sensor side, there is no need for either an internet subscription, a SIM card or even for a wired power supply. As a result, installation and network communication can be carried out in an extremely cost-effective way, laying a new foundation for smart metering as a service in Hungary. Recently AH has rolled out several pilot systems:
smart metering: Győr-Szol district heating service, Győr
As part of a successful cooperative effort, we have implemented remote polling of 40 heating centre calorimeters, using our LoRa network in Győr. The key benefits of this cost-effective solution are 8 to 10 years of battery-powered operation and the automated remote polling of measurement data, even from completely enclosed windowless rooms.
The demo video of the AH-Győr-Szol project is available at:
Smart city solutions: Local Government, Tamási
Under a signed cooperation agreement, a system to support care for the elderly will be built in the town of Tamási. This will use LoRaWAN sensors to monitor the environment of the most vulnerable care recipients ensuring that an emergency situation - in this case, lack of heating in the property - can be recognised in time and the social worker assigned to the area alerted.
Smart parking: Local Government of Józsefváros, Budapest
In cooperation with the Local Government, we are testing our smart parking solution at four different locations in the 8th district. Some 80 sensors will be deployed to monitor the utilisation of parking lots, the parking habits, and the potential further uses of data generated by the sensors, for example, in dynamic parking assist applications or community trip planning solutions.
Smart parking: Budapest Közút, Budapest
Under a cooperation agreement, 40 parking sensors will be installed at the Kaszásdűlő P+R parking facility. The project aims to analyse the utilisation of the P+R parking facility, evaluate the feasibility of integrating the measured data into public transport support software, such as Waze, Google Maps, and other navigation software.
Antenna Hungária was among the first in Hungary to join the LoRa Alliance, the developer of the LoRaWAN standard. The LoRa Alliance is one of the most prominent IoT alliances with more than 500 members from more than 100 countries typically wireless service providers with national networks, the largest international sensor manufacturers, and companies developing E2E solutions
András Tóth, Head of Communication
Tel: +36 1 464-2110
E-mail: totha [at] ahrt.hu