ユーティリティ産業におけるLPWA (低消費電力・広域通信) の用途：スマートメータリングなど
Utility Applications for LPWA: Smart Metering & More
|出版日||ページ情報||英文 20 Pages
|ユーティリティ産業におけるLPWA (低消費電力・広域通信) の用途：スマートメータリングなど Utility Applications for LPWA: Smart Metering & More|
|出版日: 2017年08月02日||ページ情報: 英文 20 Pages||
LPWA (低消費電力・広域通信) は2016年の標準化の前から、電気・ガス・水道などの分野で、M2M (機械間通信) やIoT (モノのネットワーク) など、様々な電子機器の通信手段として活用されてきました。他方、ユーティリティ産業と通信業界との関係性はあまり強いとは言えない状態が長らく続いてきました。ユーティリティ産業では新技術の導入・活用に慎重な傾向があり、スマートメータリングなどの最新技術の普及にはなお時間がかかると考えられています。
当レポートでは、世界のユーティリティ産業 (電気・ガス・水道など) 向けLPWA技術の普及見通しと市場機会・課題について分析し、LPWA技術の特徴やユーティリティ産業での主な活用方法、将来的な普及・成長が見込まれる分野 (通信インフラ・機器・プラットフォームなど)、今後克服すべき課題、主な成功事例、今後の市場動向見通しなどを調査しております。
Even before the standardization in 2016 of two 3GPP public cellular technologies designed for low power, wide area (LPWA) applications in machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications, wireless network operators and their supplier ecosystem worked with electricity, gas and water companies to deliver connectivity services using short message service (SMS) messaging and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)- and Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based data services.
But the relationship between wireless telecom and utilities hasn't been as strong as telecom players might hope. Utilities are generally conservative and build infrastructure for very long life; they value security and robustness, and the idea of public networks doesn't necessarily fit well with these guiding infrastructure principles. However, utilities have embarked - along with companies in every other industry sector - on a digitization journey that is seeing big changes to the ways utilities manage their business, and LPWA is in a good position to be a part of that transformation.
Developers of LPWA networks are eyeing up the utility markets, as in theory there should be an excellent fit between the characteristics of the technologies and the requirements of many utility applications - both existing network monitoring and asset management applications, as well as newer smart metering, demand management, smart grid and automation-based applications.
LPWA usage by utilities is still at a relatively early stage, and many of the most promising applications (especially smart metering) have been developing for several years using a wide range of alternative communications approaches designed to do specific jobs very well that have, to some extent, bedded-in.
The utility sector remains a promising one for LPWA, not least because utilities themselves are seeing the benefits of becoming more digital throughout their operations, and because of the increasing coverage of networks and availability of key enabling components, such as communications modules from a broadening ecosystem. As utilities move from proprietary communications protocols and data formats to IP and industry standard data structures so they can better make use of new sources of data, there is an opportunity for new deployments of communications equipment and networks.
‘Utility Applications for LPWA: Smart Metering & More ’ examines the applications for LPWA in the utility sector and compares the leading LPWA technologies that have gained traction in the utility space (and the major competing communications approaches). Further, it looks at the supply side of the market and identifies leading vendors of communications infrastructure, components, devices and platforms relevant to utility markets. Finally, this report gives examples of how the electricity, gas and water industries use LPWA networks.
The following excerpt shows Heavy Reading's assessment of the suitability of the main LPWA technologies for the three broad categories of utility applications described in the report, based on design performance, cost over the long term (taking into account at a high level the likely trajectory of module, infrastructure and service costs) and potential for the supply ecosystem to support the technology.
‘Utility Applications for LPWA: Smart Metering & More ’ is published in PDF format.