Qalcosonic W1, the ultrasonic water meter of Axioma Metering, has been granted the LoRaWAN certificate (LoRaWAN CertifiedCM). It confirms that the equipment fully conforms to the LoRaWAN specification. This specification is a standard declaring how a device must operate correctly according to the LoRa technology.

“In order to receive the certification, we needed to meet the LoRa standards of LoRa Alliance conformity tests. The tests were performed on Qalcosonic W1 at the association's authorised laboratory in Finland. The positive testing results confirmed that the technology we introduced operates flawlessly in any LoRa networks with other manufacturer's equipment,” said Giedrius Vaitkūnas, Head of Product Development at Axioma Metering.

LoRa WAN technology 

It is the most promising and widely used technology of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) – a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) protocol designed to allow wireless communication of things operated on a battery in regional, national or global networks. The main advantage of LoRa technology is long distance data transfer, while it does not require any complex solutions. LoRa module allows connecting different sensors and monitor the readings via the network or wireless connection. This technology is relevant in all markets. It is a modern global trend, which is being adopted by a number of manufacturers.

The list of LoRa certified (LoRaWAN CertifiedCM) products is available here: https://lora-alliance.org/lorawan-certified-products?page=5

LoRa Alliance Association

Axioma Metering, the manufacturer of smart water and heat metering devices, became a member of LoRa Alliance international association in the spring of this year.

It is the most rapidly growing technology alliance established in 2015. The alliance currently has more than 500 members, including such technology area leaders as IBM, Cisco, HP, Foxconn, Semtech and Sagemcom. Its members maintain close cooperation and share experience, thus promoting the success of LoRaWAN protocol as the advanced secure global IoT LPWAN network standard, while also being stimulated by it themselves. The key purpose of LoRa alliance is to standardise LPWAN in order to expand the Internet of Things (IoT) network.

“Being the member of LoRa Alliance, we are also the official representatives of LoRaWAN technology, use the newest comprehensive technical documents, promptly receive the news and information on the decisions adopted and also share our own experience,” stated Vaitkūnas, adding that the company is planning to certify its other products in the near future as well.

Qalcosonic W1 plans

When asked about the future development plans for Qalcosonic W1, Vaitkūnas revealed that they are planning technical adaptation of the meter for new countries, which means adapting the data transfer for new radio frequencies and new regional LoRa channel plans.

“We are also planning to expand the dynamic range of this device and produce meters with enhanced sensitivity, therefore, we are working on the larger diameter Qalcosonic W1 meters, which are currently available as DN15 and DN20, and are in the process of development of DN25, DN32, DN40 and DN50 meters. Furthermore, we are working on implementation of the new data transfer methods – NB IoT technology,” added Vaitkūnas.

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