The LoRa Alliance is a non-profit association of members who are collaborating together to drive the adoption of a communication protocol that offers long range, long battery life and open architecture. For water utilities specifically, the LoRa wide area network (WAN) would allow devices from multiple manufacturers to be able to communicate with each other across long distances.
One of the early members of the LoRa Alliance was Mueller Systems. As Thomas Butler, Vice President of Marketing for Mueller Systems explains in this Water Talk interview, an open global standard for Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices is enabling utilities to go beyond the meter to read not only consumption but pressure, tank levels, rainfall and a host of other important parameters.
To learn more about the dawn of smart water management, listen here: