Avanci Smart Meter

Licensing 4G, 3G & 2G cellular connected smart meters

Smart meters equipped with cellular technology are supplying real-time information to help us make smart decisions without needing to be anywhere near the meter.

Smart meters make it possible to have greater control over energy consumption. More of these devices are connecting each day and have the potential to improve sustainability of utility distribution grids by reducing losses in energy distribution and reducing new network build-out, as well as helping to conserve resources such as water and natural gas.

Smart meters need access to communications technologies including cellular, which have been developed through open standardization with contributions from thousands of inventors at dozens of companies and research institutions, and it can be both difficult and time consuming for manufacturers to know what technology rights to license, from which organizations, and what’s a fair price for that license.

The Avanci Smart Meter program is the solution for simplifying the entire licensing process, offering manufacturers (and grid operators who brand their own smart meters) the efficient option of a single license for their connected products, covering the essential cellular technologies of all of the licensors currently in the program, plus those who join in future.

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Participating licensors

Licensees participating in Avanci Smart Meter

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Licensors participating in Avanci Smart Meter

Acer artiscale Asus Blackberry BT China Mobile Conversant Datang mobile NTT DOCOMO Emergent Mobile Ericsson Harfang IP Innovative Sonic InterDigital IP Bridge KPN KT Kyocera LG Electronics Longhorn IP Mitsubishi NEC NTT Oppo Orange Panasonic Panoptis Pantech Pegasus Samsung Electronics Sharp Siemens SKT Telecom SolIP Sony Sun Patent Trust TCL tim T Mobile Deutsche Telekom TNO Unwired Planet Vodafone ZTE

Pricing – Always fair.

Avanci shares a commitment with the IoT ecosystem to make licenses for the latest standard wireless technologies available in a way that is fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND). This well-established industry principle ensures that those using standardized technologies in their products have access on fair terms, and those creating wireless technology receive a fair return on their investment.

Fair, fixed prices for smart meters

The royalty rate in an Avanci Smart Meter license will never increase during the term of the license, regardless of:

  • The number of 3G and 4G essential patents added to the license
  • How many new licensors join the Avanci Smart Meter program

Avanci provides predictability, transparency and simplicity for Smart Meter manufacturers and grid operators.

Smart meter pricing

We offer these rates, paid once per smart meter, covering the meter’s lifetime.

Cellular smart meters
3G $2
3G & 4G $3

The above pricing may change in the future.

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Electronic devices that record, generate, transmit, and/or receive information regarding the production, use, flow, or consumption of a utility, such as electric energy, water, or gas, and communicate that information wirelessly, but do not use cellular functionality for any non-utility related purpose.

The 3G license covers the 3G and 2G essential patents of our licensors, and our 4G license covers Category 1 and higher categories of the LTE/4G standard, when used in a smart meter. Smart meters that communicate solely using the NB-IoT and/or LTE-M subsets of the 4G standard are not covered by the program.

Not today, but we are exploring the potential for a 5G program. Contact us if this is of interest to you either as a licensor or a smart meter manufacturer or grid operator.

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