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Media and Resources
Winter is approaching while Europe is confronting an energy crisis more than ever before. Russia supplies about 40 percent of Europe's natural gas which is used for residential heating, power generation, and industrial production. European fossil oil and gas giant Equinor has pointed out that if gas supplies from Russia were all cut off, a massive reduction in demand would be the only viable solution to Europe's energy crisis.
Apparently, limited supply of energy requires much more efficient management of distribution and consumption. With powerful data transmission and remote control capabilities, the IoT technology can play a critical role in the applications of energy management. As a professional supplier of wireless communication modules for IoT, SIMCom provides diversified connectivity solutions to maximize the efficiency of residential , commercial and municipal energy use while minimizing waste .
The NB-IoT module SIM7022 introduced by SIMCom has the features of wide signal coverage and low power consumption, which is especially suitable for application in smart meters. The smart power and gas meters embedded with SIM7022 can transit information and data from the user ends to the management terminals, giving full play to the smart meters by analyzing those data with the management system. Traditional meters only measure overall consumption while smart meters track exactly when and how much electricity or gas is used and automatically transmit that information to utilities on a regular basis .
On the one hand, the efficiency of meter reading can be largely improved. On the other hand, the power/gas enterprise can predict the demand of customers by analyzing the data from smart meters to balance the power or gas supply and realize the interaction between the power supplier and the customers. At the same time, users can reasonably adjust the peak and off-peak periods of electricity or gas consumption according to the information provided by smart meters, and work out a set of reasonable electricity or gas consumption plans. As smart meter technology evolves, consumers can set budgets and receive alerts via an app on their phone to let them know that they’ve left their stove or other home appliances on.
HAVC Remote Monitoring
HVAC is an energy-intensive system that poses a direct impact on the energy consumption of urban buildings. A typical HVAC system accounts for about 40% of total energy consumption in a commercial building, with similar figures for residential and industrial buildings.
The HAVC system can be remotely monitored with the support of SIMCom LTE Cat.1 modules to realize automatic switching on and off to avoid waste of power. SIMCom LTE Cat.1 modules like the SIM7600 series adopt compact and reliable hardware design with global frequency coverage and abundant peripheral interfaces. The complete global regulatory and telecom carrier certifications of SIMCom LTE Cat.1 modules can help customers quickly expand markets worldwide. With powerful performances and high compatibility, they can transit the real-time data of HAVC system operation from every corner of the building.
The HAVC unit can also carry out statistical analysis with the data collected by cellular technology, to learn the user habits and automatically set the energy consumption limit to cultivate the user habits and improve the awareness of energy saving.
Smart Urban Lighting System
According to ACEEE, street lighting is often the first or second largest local government energy use, typically accounting for 25–50% of a municipal energy bill. It is already feasible to use sensors to monitor traffic and passenger flow on each road. So the old practice of switching lights on and off in a region at a fixed time has changed.
Specifically, through the NB-IoT network, the data of traffic in a specific area and time can be transmitted to the management platform. And the system can automatically control the time of switching on and off street lights to reduce the consumption of street lighting in areas with low traffic and human flow to save electricity costs.
Based on the connectivity support of the NB-IoT network, the management system can also adjust the brightness of the street lights in a specific area to adapt to the road conditions, weather conditions, and the data of car and person flow, which can further reduce power waste.
Energy saving is an urgent need in Europe. It is also a long-term undertaking and a universal social demand for the whole human society. SIMCom is committed to carrying out technological exploration and innovation, constantly promoting the application of IoT technology in energy delivery, energy consumption, new energy management, and other sectors, striving for energy security and carbon neutrality.
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