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Weightless Winning: Ubiik Secures $8 Million Contract to Deploy Taiwan's Largest LPWA Network

By Cynthia S. Artin July 12, 2018

Ubiik’s innovation and investments in the development of Weightless Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology has paid off.  Its high-performance industrial LPWAN solution will connect 70,000 electricity meters, after Ubiik won the government of Taiwan’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) tender.

The solution includes Ubiik’s Data Concentrator Units, metering FAN module, and Head-End System Software (HES) to manage data collection and transmission.

It will be completed by early 2019 in New Taipei City in the northern part of Taiwan as well as in the second-largest city of the island, Kaohsiung, in the southern part. Ubiik will provide six years of operation and maintenance service of the data collection network in a deployment mandated by the sole electricity provider of Taiwan.

The fulfillment of this tender is part of the 260,000 new smart electricity meters that are planned to be connected in total by early 2019, as the first step in Taiwan’s ambitious smart grid initiative. Ubiik is one of the four companies awarded this project – the other winners of tenders being large telecom operators and prominent system integrators.

“Ubiik is honored to have been awarded this tender’s project, using our vertical AMI solution including the HES, Weightless connectivity, and DLMS/COSEM protocol stack. We are eager to support Taiwan’s energy infrastructure development towards a greener future” said Tien-haw Peng, founder and CEO of Ubiik.

Ubiik was the only contender leveraging LPWAN technology, while its peers sourced existing hybrid technologies (wired and short-range mesh RF), or proprietary mid-range wireless technologies. Ubiik’s solution was extremely cost-competitive, as are most LPWAN technologies: “spectrally efficient, high-capacity, high-reliability, and truly bi-directional wireless networking,” according to the company’s blog.

Over the years, Taiwan has been rolling out a mission to transform its energy-production and management landscape from a nuclear and carbon-dominated power generation, to a gas and renewable energy.

The plan calls for installing 3 million smart meters by 2024 and 12 million more in the next decade.

Taiwan energy transformation is relying on Taiwan’s electricity provider enacting an AMI for its electricity meters deployed going forward. AMI is regarded as a key to enhancing the efficiency of the power grid: The analytics enabled help the island balance its supply and demand and, therefore, the country can save precious energy.

Established in 2016, Ubiik is headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan.




Edited by Erik Linask

Contributing Writer

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