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Billion 4G/LTE outdoor VPN routers are new LoRa meter backhauls for remote billing
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Billion 4G/LTE outdoor VPN routers are new LoRa meter backhauls for remote billing

Posted by Zenobia HegdeMarch 13, 2017

Billion Electric, a global telecommunication technology and IoT solutions provider, has introduced an integration between LoRa smart meters and its 4G/LTE Outdoor SIM Embedded VPN Router – BiPAC 4700ZU.

With the latest 4G/LTE technology, dual-polarised MIMO antenna, VPN, and IP67 enclosure, BiPAC 4700ZU enables automatic electricity meter reading and billing solution in rural mountains by connecting the LoRa-based smart meters to the utility company for automatic control.

To control the electricity that is supplied to the households in rural mountain areas, the utility company installed Billion 4700ZU Outdoor 4G/LTE Routers, serving as the backhaul to transmit data collected from each LoRa meters in households to the utility company’s Central Metering Control System.

Based on the data, the system could automatically read, activate and deactivate the identified smart meters. By connecting the meter reading, controlling, and billing process to the Internet, the utility company was able to reduce the financial expense on hiring labors to record the reading manually.

Featuring IP67 rugged enclosure and a broad range of operating temperature from -40°C-60°C/-40°F-140°F, BiPAC 4700ZU can endure the most challenging weathers and environments. Integrating with the 4G/LTE and optimal MIMO antenna, BiPAC 4700ZU can maximise LTE service coverage with data rate up to 100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink. BiPAC 4700ZU can be flexibly positioned on any exterior wall, chimneys, or poles with the mounting kit.

BiPAC 4700ZU also supports robust VPN including IPSec/PPTP/L2TP/GRE, allowing users to establish private encryption tunnels over the public Internet to secure billing data transmission.

“Through the implementation of BiPAC 4700ZU and the LoRa metering system, the grid company could access to the prepaid billing data and activate the household electricity supply in real time. BiPAC 4700ZU not only enhanced the traditional metering and billing system but also helped the grid company to improve the efficiency of their service distribution process and corporate competitiveness,” said William Lee, the Sensor Product manager of Billion Electric Co., Ltd.

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