Off-grid energy distributor improves efficiency, sustainability and lowers costs with real-time asset monitoring
Calor (a subsidiary of SHV Energy) are rolling out an LPG tank level monitoring solution powered by Sigfox Ireland’s 0G network. Their parent company SHV Energy has started the implementation in France, Belgium and Germany already generating lower carbon emissions and improved customer satisfaction. Over the next three years, 50,000 units will be rolled out worldwide by the SHV Energy Group. Sigfox’s IoT (Internet of Things) asset monitoring capability will enable SHV Energy Group to reduce the cost of tank level monitoring, while increasing efficiency and productivity.
SHV Energy, a leading global distributor of off-grid energy such as LPG, LNG, biofuels and renewables, with 30 million customers in 25 countries and 16,700 employees, chose to work with Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT communication service provider and 0G network pioneer.
SHV Energy set-up a Telemetry Centre of Excellence and used Sigfox solutions and partner Aton SB S.p.A to deliver a homogeneous, global solution for tank level monitoring that provides sophisticated data analytics and connected smart devices for daily tank level readings. Therefore, Calor will be able to optimise delivery routes and schedules and improve sustainability by reducing the firm’s carbon footprint.
Additionally, the Sigfox-based solution is considerably more cost-effective than cellular alternatives. Savings stem from low-cost components, no SIM cards, and modest connectivity costs.
“Data collection is critical to the success of our business. Our efforts to streamline this process have been boosted tremendously through the Sigfox solution. We are now able to gather information at an extremely low-cost point, and this enables the wider scale rollout of a homogeneous tank monitoring system across the globe. Sigfox has exceeded our expectations. Its network and technology partners will help to meet our strategic objectives of harnessing the power of telemetry to the fullest,” explains Simon Gilchrist, Global Programme Lead, SHV Energy.
“The global Sigfox 0G network has delivered once again when it comes to providing connectivity solutions that offer a direct environmental benefit. Across multiple territories, and with the support of our Sigfox Operators, our solution for SHV Energy is helping to lower CO2 emissions as remote tank level monitoring ultimately reduces the number of overall site visits and eliminates unnecessary visits,” adds Ian Terblanche, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Sigfox.
Calor are a leading supplier and distributor of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Ireland, allowing customers who are located off the natural gas grid use LPG gas for power in their homes and businesses. The company are experts in LPG procurement and commissioning, bulk gas storage, cylinder filling and storage, LPG transport and delivery, installation and maintenance.
They also actively develop and innovate new LPG powered products such as our Calor Mini-BBQ and new lightweight cylinder.
They employ 284 staff in 6 sites located throughout the island of Ireland serving circa 50,000 customers across residential and industrial commercial sectors.
About Sigfox Ireland
Sigfox Ireland owns and operates the Sigfox 0G telecoms network in Ireland. The Sigfox ‘Internet of Things’ network, is a nationwide and global telecoms network dedicated to connecting objects, sensors & ‘things’ that require very low amounts of bandwidth and data. We are leading the market since 2015 to provide easy, scalable, reliable and secure IoT connectivity for “simple things”. Sigfox Ireland is headquartered in Dublin Ireland and 100% Irish owned and is the registered business name of Vizor Technology Limited. Vizor Technology Limited is partly state owned. The Irish State broadcaster’s networking division (RTE Transmission Networks T/A 2RN) is a significant shareholder in the company, and a key network infrastructure partner.