Evaluation of a LoRa Mesh Network for Smart Metering in Rural Locations
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Original versionMarahatta, A., Rajbhandari, Y., Shrestha, A., Singh, A., Thapa, A., Gonzalez-Longatt, F., Korba, P. & Shin, S. (2021). Evaluation of a LoRa Mesh Network for Smart Metering in Rural Locations. Electronics, 10(6), Artikkel 751. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10060751
Accompanying the advancement on the Internet of Things (IoT), the concept of remote monitoring and control using IoT devices is becoming popular. Digital smart meters hold many advantages over traditional analog meters, and smart metering is one of application of IoT technology. It supports the conventional power system in adopting modern concepts like smart grids, block-chains, automation, etc. due to their remote load monitoring and control capabilities. However, in many applications, the traditional analog meters still are preferred over digital smart meters due to the high deployment and operating costs, and the unreliability of the smart meters. The primary reasons behind these issues are a lack of a reliable and affordable communication system, which can be addressed by the deployment of a dedicated network formed with a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) platform like wireless radio standards (i.e., LoRa devices). This paper discusses LoRa technology and its implementation to solve the problems associated with smart metering, especially considering the rural energy system. A simulation-based study has been done to analyse the LoRa technology’s applicability in different architecture for smart metering purposes and to identify a cost-effective and reliable way to implement smart metering, especially in a rural microgrid (MG).