The transformation of utility networks is one of the most impactful infrastructure paradigm shifts of all time. Smart meter manufacturers are literally operating at the forefront of this evolution, providing devices that not only measure the consumption data of electricity, gas or water but also need to be able to communicate this data in a secure and reliable manner in adverse environments.
At the same time, they are operating in a very dynamic market environment where adaptability and flexibility are essential for success. However, managing the connectivity needed for smart meters on the Internet of Things (IoT) has traditionally been a constant source of complexity – until now.
As diverse as the various communication technologies are, so are the areas of application for smart meters. Often, they are deep underground, far away from an external power source or widely distributed throughout complex building layouts. However, high-quality connectivity needs to be delivered to all those places in order to satisfy stringent requirements for security and reliability.
Collecting data from various meters can be a difficult endeavour. Setting up a dedicated local network infrastructure to communicate with all devices is time consuming and adds substantial complexity to the solution. Maintaining this network infrastructure also means considerable increases to capital as well as operating expenditures. The result can be a slow, painful process which lacks the scalability and profitability necessary for true digitalization progress.
Mobile cellular networks have become increasingly important when connecting smart devices to the Internet of Things. New, low-bandwidth technologies like NB-IoT are perfectly suited to fulfil the needs of smart metering requirements. However, many mobile network operators haven’t adapted their offerings to market needs. Complex pricing structures and long-term commitments simply don’t fit to connected sensors where connectivity should be a one-time investment for the lifetime of the device.
1NCE delivers global cellular connectivity pre-paid at a fixed price that lasts over the entire lifetime of the device: 10 USD for 10 years, which breaks down to less than 10 cent per month per device. Pay once, and never worry about connectivity again.
The 1NCE IoT Flat Rate comes with no additional costs. No extra charges for setup, roaming or support. SIM cards are delivered ready-to-use with no activation necessary. That allows immediate and uncomplicated mass rollouts of devices in the field.
1NCE supports all current mobile network standards from 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT and LTE-M joined on a single SIM Card. Seamless network switching at no extra fees assures always the best possible network coverage for each individual use case. Replace old smart meters step by step and smoothly phase-out any legacy network infrastructure.
Why re-invent the wheel? With the 1NCE IoT Flat Rate includes a unique toolset of software, that helps you to implement, manage and optimize your devices. A well-documented API allows for easy integration into own software services. OpenVPN capabilities give your solution added security to support even the most demanding environments.
1NCE is a strategic partner of communications giants like Softbank and Deutsche Telekom AG. 1NCE uses the network access structure of Deutsche Telekom and its roaming partners at currently covers 140 countries and regions worldwide. As of today, 1NCE manages over 10 million SIM cards from over 8500 customers worldwide.
For more than 25 years, Xemex is an innovative and leading European technology company dedicated to smart energy communication solutions to monitor and manage energy streams. The company supplies its customers with solutions and devices for smart energy monitoring. Xemex’ clients trust in the delivery of reliable, high-security, affordable and simple GSM communications. That’s why Xemex chose 1NCE.
Societá Impianto Metano (SIME) is a leading italian provider and distributor of gas utility sevices. The company runs more than 40 gas plants and serves over 111k customers nationwide. To fulfill regulatory needs and to be able to remotely monitor gas meters, the company trusts in 1NCE mobile cellular IoT connectivity for a quick and easy rollout.
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