Germany deploys its largest LoRaWAN network for energy and water utility

Kerlink Wirnet LoRaWAN gateways

Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and ZENNER IoT Solutions GmbH, a LoRaWAN system integrator and solution provider in Germany, have collaborated on the largest LoRaWAN deployment in the country. The deployment includes up to 3,000 Kerlink Wirnet LoRaWAN gateways.

The network is operated by Netze BW, the distribution network company for electricity, gas, and water in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany’s third-largest state.

Kerlink, a provider of solutions for designing, launching, and operating public and private LoRaWAN IoT networks, offers a portfolio of industrial-grade network equipment, best-of-breed network-core, operations, and management software, and value-added applications. The company has more than 120,000 installations in 69 countries in all the primary IoT verticals.

ZENNER IoT Solutions is a subsidiary of ZENNER International GmbH & Co. KG and part of Minol-ZENNER Group. ZENNER International applies innovative system solutions based on IoT technologies as part of its digitalisation strategy, from project development to measurement-data acquisition and processing to applications at the end user.

Focused on the digitalisation of the energy and water supply industries, the company offers a broad and diversified portfolio of products, solutions, and services worldwide. Minol-ZENNER Group operates the LoRaWAN network in Germany. The infrastructure now comprises over 6,000 IoT gateways, with more than 800,000 measuring devices and sensors communicate on LoRaWAN networks.

“This major deployment in Baden-Wurttemberg demonstrates the excellent scalability, flexibility, and robustness of LoRaWAN networks, and the reliability of Kerlink LoRaWAN gateways,” says Dr. Gerald Troppenz, business development manager at ZENNER IoT Solutions. “Kerlink’s flexible configurations simplified making its carrier-grade hardware compatible with our ELEMENT-IoT platform – a comprehensive middleware for device, network, data, and user management.”

“This partnership with ZENNER IoT Solutions is an important expansion of Kerlink’s business in Germany and demonstrates once again the best-in-class quality of our products for industrial-grade private IoT networks,” says Etienne Ghidossi, key account manager, Kerlink. “Leveraging its strong field experience with equipment deployed in demanding environments, Kerlink offers carrier-grade gateways designed for enhanced radio performance, especially in ultra-dense 3G/4G cellular settings, such as urban areas.”

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