Olameter is implementing an Internet of Things (IoT) Platform in order to enable utilities to select equipment without necessarily relying on that vendor’s proprietary signaling. Utilities will be able to switch between wireless carriers, at any time, in pursuit of improved signal strength, service quality, and/or cost. This is a new approach to the design of the network needed to communicate with sensors and actuators on the grid, as well as with handheld devices used by technicians in the field. These sensors, actuators and handheld devices are programmed to choose both the carrier and the frequency that provides the best quality at the lowest cost at that particular place and time.
Some equipment vendors want to lock utilities into their proprietary signaling platforms. However, progressive equipment manufacturers have recognized that IoT technology affords their clients greater choice and flexibility when adding new devices to established systems. Some of these devices include:
- Smart meters
- line fault detectors
- HVAC thermostats
- EV charging stations
- capacitor banks
- GPS transponders
IoT allows the utility, rather than just the carrier, to have the ability to manage the communications modules or Subscriber Identification Module (SIMs) and, in newer deployments, the eSIMs contained in each device deployed in the field. Olameter proposes to provide two services that make this easy:
- The ability to reset SIMs and eSIMs “over the air” on the utility’s behalf (no truck rolls)
- The ability to dynamically select the carrier with the best coverage at the lowest cost
Olameter manages this IoT Platform from its Network Operations Center. From there, signals and data are routed to our client’s control center.
Alternatively, the client will be able to make use of Olameter’s:
- Spatial Data Infrastructure, for storage and processing using AI agent programs
- Distribution Network control systems