energy & Utilities

Smart metering communication simplified

Connect your gateways to any cellular network that is available inside the building. Control and operate gateway connectivity with a powerful platform dedicated to IoT.

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The industry

The shift from analog to digital remote reading meters is changing the submetering industry – with new technologies required to meet regulatory demands. A gateway collecting in-building data from heat cost allocators, gas and water meters needs to reliably communicate over a cellular network to the centrally located submetering application.

"EMnify's multi-operator service allows Primagaz to increase its indoor network availability by always connecting our devices to the best operator. EMnify's platform allows us to get all SIM cards together and manage them easily from one place."
François Vanoverschelde
François Vanoverschelde Technical Operations Manager, Primagaz

Regulations

The European Energy Directive (EED) aims to increase European energy efficiency by 32.5% by 2032. As roughly 40% of the energy is used for warm water and heating within buildings, smart submetering offers an efficient solution, ensuring that individuals in apartment buildings can be billed based on their consumption without on-premises visits. Frequent insights on consumption data encourage energy conservation among consumers. Three target dates have been determined in the EED.

OCTOBER 2020

Newly installed submetering devices need to be remotely readable at least every 3 months.

JANUARY 2022

Monthly consumption data must be provided to the end-user - data should be available as frequent as possible.

JANUARY 2027

All households must have heat and water meters installed, which can be read remotely – data should be available as frequent as possible

Challenges

In a market with changing regulations and additional digital solutions like smoke detectors, your submetering solution needs a trusted communication partner that provides the reliability, flexibility, and operation control required for the growing connection of sub-meter gateways. Challenges with traditional cellular communications for the submetering industry are:

  • Lengthy and costly installation process due to missing coverage and the need for external antennas
  • With the elimination of on-site visits, gateways need to work only with remote support
  • A growing number of gateway installations that need to be operated
  • Missing flexible tariff options to adapt with changing data volumes based on the reading frequency
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Why EMnify

The EMnify communication platform simplifies the connection and management of your submetering gateways and allows you to easily integrate connectivity into your business processes.

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Multi-Network connectivity in 180+ countries

Our SIM always selects the best available cellular network within the building. 2G, 3G, 4G, and LTE-M.

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EMnify Portal

Gain complete visibility over cost and data consumption. Proactively control, blacklist, and troubleshoot networks.

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Flexible Pricing and Tariff plans

Start with as low as 20 cents per month – no commitment, terminate or adjust volume anytime.

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REST API

Automate SIM contract activation during the installation process via API Call.

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OpenVPN and static IP included

Remote access to all gateways for troubleshooting issues like continuous faulty readings.

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IMEI lock

Ensures that the gateway’s SIM card cannot be misused in a different device.

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Cloud integrations

If you are building your own building management application on Google, AWS or Azure, we provide automated cloud integrations.

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24/7 support

Our IoT expert team is always available to advise and support you throughout your EMnify journey.

Growing submetering businesses trust EMnify

The Berlin PropTech Company metr, an IoT solution provider for the German housing industry, decided to partner with EMnify to connect their m-gate gateway to their building management platform. Apart from a retrofit solution for remote monitoring of outdated drinking water and heating systems, metr offers a submetering solution. EMnify’s multi-network capabilities within a country, flexible pricing plans and powerful Rest API were a perfect fit for metr.

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“We value our Partnership with EMnify, since we speak a common language and can always rely on their support. On multiple occasions, EMnify helped us with integrating our interfaces and processes.”
Yannick Bollhorst
Yannick Bollhorst Director of Partnerships, metr