Case: LENS Energy


Who is LENS Energie?

Founded in 2012, LENS Energie has been committed to a carbon-neutral world since its inception. The organization develops, finances, realizes, and manages solar installations on commercial and social real estate throughout the Netherlands. The projects carried out by LENS Energie, a full-service solar partner, range from 500 to around 5,000 solar panels. LENS Energie carries out work on each type of roof to the highest quality and safety standards.

Besides installing solar systems, LENS also operates a platform for monitoring and managing these systems. Once a solar system is operational, the output can be tracked through the LENS monitoring platform, where malfunctions are identified and addressed early. Both tenants and managers can monitor the solar power production in real-time. The system operates 24/7 and automatically indicates when maintenance is needed.

What was the challenge?

In some cases, certain homes or buildings lack an internet connection. In most cases, the inverter is connected to the already existing internet connection. Thingsdata was given the challenge of ensuring the continuity and guarantee of independent internet access in the inverters so that the LENS platform is continuously fed with accurate data.

What was the solution?

The inverters that LENS installs are equipped with secure multi-network M2M SIM cards provided by Thingsdata, ensuring reliable connectivity. This M2M SIM card based on the eUICC standard (e-sim) ensures that LENS always has continuity and guarantee of the measurement data of the solar systems. LENS thus operates independently of the LAN environment of the landlord or large-roof owner. Due to its multi-network functionality, the M2M SIM card roams on the strongest available network (KPN, Odido or Vodafone).

The result

For LENS, ensuring the continuity of ‘data as a service’ for the monitoring platform is crucial. Thingsdata provides stable internet access across the Netherlands, guaranteeing continuous service.