Press Release

Paris, 12 November 2019A2A Smart City, Cavagna Group and Atlantica worked together on the real implementation of the DLMS over LoRaWAN according with the directive coming from Semtech, LoRa Alliance and DLMS Association. The product of this partnership became a demo to show how a gas meter can communicates using a DLMS messages on the LoRaWAN stack. In this collaboration, A2A Smart City provided the knowledge of the LoRaWAN protocol and the network infrastructure using its own LoRaWAN network server, Cavagna Group based on the design of an ultrasonic static gas meter, that opened a new line of business in the company, has developed an extension of the radio stadio of the meter, to become compatible with  LoRaWAN and has contributed developing the bridge layer between DLMS and LoRaWAN stack, Atlantica provided the SAC compliant with the standard in order to guarantee  devices interchangeability.

This solution offers a complete application for implementation in a real scenario for smart metering and smart management. All the use cases necessary for a complete management of the meters is enabled by this architecture. Thanks to LoRaWAN network, it is possible to enable a bidirectional communication to and from the devices from the application level.

This experience starts from the world of smart metering in the A2A Group. In the last years the number of gas smart meters in A2A grown significantly, exceeding one million units installed. The priority goal for A2A Smart City is to identify the most effective and efficent method to manage devices in general, such as meters in this use case, thanks to an innovative infrastructure deployed and ready to operate. The synergy with Cavagna Group meter manufacturer and the well-known Atlantica software experience, is a reference for the A2A Group architecture.

Starting from the priority to increase the percentage of AMR devices connected, A2A Smart City suggested the adoption of LoraWAN technologies to test and propose an alternative method to reach the desired level of AMR coverage.

Based on the water meter and smart city services experience, the natural gas use case seems perfect for for the LoRaWAN technology.

Miriam Cavagna – Cavagna Group Head of Marketing and Communication
miriamcavagna@cavagnagroup.com – +390309663250

About CavagnaGroup®

The CavagnaGroup®, a third-generation family-owned company, is a world leading manufacturer of equipment and components for controlling compressed gases (energy gases, alternative fuel gases, medical gases, industrial gases, and speciality and cryogenic gases) serving more than 1 billion users worldwide. The Group consists of eleven vertically integrated production companies in Italy and seven others spread across the five continents. The Cavagna Group now sells in more than 145 countries worldwide through a distribution network consisting of fifteen fully owned additional distribution companies. It boasts good business relations with major utilities, oil/gas companies, industrial gas companies, automotive OEMs, compressed and liquefied gas container manufacturers and gas appliance OEMs. All this makes the Cavagna Group a truly reliable technology partner for the optimal use of gas, in terms of performance, safety and reliability, in different applications.

Further information can be found at www.cavagnagroup.com

About A2A Smart City

A2A Smart City, company belonging to Italian A2A Group, develops and manages technological infrastructures which enable integrated and network connected digital services. At the “Smart City Lab” research center the company studies the link between innovative digital IoT technologies and implementing services that improve citizens’ quality of life and environmental efficiency. A2A Smart City defines development strategies based on the next generation fiber optic network and designs custom solutions for both companies and institutions.

The A2A Group is the largest Italian multi-utility, at the forefront of territorial services and technological solutions for ten years, with one hundred years of history and experience. A2A designs smart and sustainable cities, with respect for the people who live there, it’s protagonist of energy transition and it implements the principle of the circular economy in all activities. With a far-reaching strategic plan, A2A Group manages the generation, sale and distribution of electricity and gas, district heating, waste collection and recovery, e-mobility, public lighting and the integrated water services.

About Atlantica Digital S.p.A.

Atlantica has been operating for over 30 years in strategic IT consulting, establishing itself over the years as a leader in the design, construction and management of IT infrastructure and backup. In April 2018, through its subsidiary Atlantica Digital, it acquires the business branch “Ericsson Industry & Society IT Business” from the Ericsson Telecomunicazioni group, significantly expanding its portfolio of offerings and customers.

To date, Atlantica Digital has a staff of around 400 IT specialists, with offices in Rome, Milan and Naples, a 2018 turnover that has reached € 57 million and more than 25 primary customers between public and private. Smart Metering solutions represent the heart of Atlantica’s offer to Utility, and are one of the company’s distinctive features.

The company holds a leading position in Italy, with approximately 13 million meters managed, and in Europe with 11.5 million meters in the gas sector (MS> 65%).

Our MIM (Metering Infrastructure Manager) platform, adopted by 15 customers, responds to the need of the Utility market to have a cutting-edge, flexible and integrated Telemetry and Remote management system, in line with current legislation and open to developments of the market.

Further information can be found at www.atlantica.it

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