Vodafone Business is partnering with Swiss company Landis+Gyr to deliver cellular Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities for energy management.
The agreement aims to expand network options and simplify the integration of grid edge devices. It combines Vodafone Business’ IoT services with Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream Connect IoT platform, allowing utility customers to access multiple carrier networks without needing to manage several subscription contracts.
The global nature of the agreement will support access to more than 400 networks in 180 countries using a single subscriber identity profile.
IoT zero-touch capabilities will enable Landis+Gyr utilities to deploy cellular smart grid devices faster and manage them more easily. Further, the companies claim the partnership delivers ‘unprecedented’ low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology capabilities today, with the ability to seamlessly transition to 5G networks where and when these networks are available.
Vinod Kumar, CEO of Vodafone Business, commented: “IoT is key to the digitalisation of the utilities sector. Connecting assets will help manage energy better and support the safe integration of renewable energy sources into power grids, helping to reduce carbon footprints. We believe advances in cellular networking technology will enable more and more companies to be not only more resilient and future-ready, but also more sustainable.”
Werner Lieberherr, Landis+Gyr’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “The partnership between Landis+Gyr and Vodafone Business, a global leader in IoT communication solutions, will allow us to further elevate our offerings to meet the unique needs of our customers today and in the future. Together, we will be able to deliver longevity and quality of service to match utility asset lifecycles, creating the base for interactive smart grids with increasing intelligence embedded at the grid edge. This will enable our customers, energy consumers and entire communities to manage energy in a more informed way, making a positive impact on the environment.”