Bluecurrent And Spark Celebrate One Million IoT Connections In … – Scoop

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Spark is pleased to announce a milestone of one million
Spark IoT connections for Bluecurrent’s (formerly Vector
Metering) smart electricity meter network. The smart meters
enable real-time access to energy usage data to improve
operational efficiencies and foster innovation opportunities
for Bluecurrent’s electricity and gas customers in New
Zealand, using Spark’s CAT-M1 IoT network (a 4G network
variant).

Moving
to CAT-M1 IoT connectivity enables more flexible meter data
collection options, which helps Bluecurrent to support its
energy customers in providing tailored products and
solutions for their own customers. It also means it can
provide energy distributors with data insights to optimise
network investments and better support their customers
during outages.

Bluecurrent has upgraded 70 percent of
its electricity meter fleet so far to use modems on
Spark’s CAT-M1 IoT Network. The CAT-M1 network technology
allows for an easy transition to 5G, without the need of a
site visit, as Spark’s 5G services are expanded around New
Zealand. Bluecurrent also has more than 70,000 advanced gas
meters on the CAT-M1 IoT network.

Neil
Williams, Bluecurrent Chief Executive
says, “The
roll-out of one million 4G modems to our smart meter fleet
so far achieves efficiency gains and enables
future-readiness thanks to new customer-centric solutions,
data analysis and real-time access to energy usage data
powered by IoT connectivity. For example, with real-time
monitoring, faults and outages are more easily identified
and mitigated, leading to operational efficiency and cost
savings across the board.

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“In addition, the new
platform has extended the life of our metering hardware
while providing us with more certainty over our long-term
communication technology road map. By integrating IoT, Spark
provides us the ability to innovate for the future needs of
New Zealanders as we transition to a low carbon
economy.”

Michele Wong, Spark IoT Lead
says IoT and other high-tech solutions are a
natural enabler in helping businesses to become more
productive and sustainable through technology, “We’re
thrilled to support Bluecurrent on this exciting milestone.
This important mahi is an example of how high-tech solutions
can help solve real-world challenges. IoT can connect and
monitor physical assets and natural environments, which
creates insights that people and systems can then act on to
improve their business operations. The potential for IoT in
New Zealand across multiple sectors is immense – it can
cater to such a wide range of business cases, turning data
into real insights that make a tangible difference to
business outcomes.”

In October, Spark IoT announced
it surpassed 1.5 million IoT connections and refreshed its
Innovation Studio, showcasing solutions for various use
cases such as construction sites, natural water sources,
forests and fire detection, business equipment, pharmacy
refrigeration, gas, electricity and water meters and
more.

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