ORION LTE M – Orion® Cellular Endpoint

The ORION® Cellular LTE-M endpoint is an innovative, two-way water endpoint for smart water applications. The endpoint utilizes existing IoT (Internet of Things) cellular infrastructure to efficiently and securely deliver meter reading data to the utility via the reliable cellular network.

The Cellular endpoint is a member of the time-tested ORION family of products from Badger Meter, designed for maximum flexibility. Since 2002, the ORION product family has provided comprehensive Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) for interval meter reading and data capture using both one-way and two-way communications.

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Operation: The Cellular LTE-M endpoint communicates with the encoder and captures 15-minute interval read data and meter status information. The endpoint then automatically broadcasts the information, including endpoint status information, via the cellular network to BEACON® AMA. The endpoint is designed to call in four times each workday and features a configurable schedule that enables utility customers to select call-in times that best support their processes.

Activation: All ORION Cellular LTE-M endpoints are shipped in an inactive, non-transmitting state. The Badger Meter IR Communication Device can be used to activate the endpoint and verify the encoder connection. Successful endpoint function can be confirmed through a web app demonstrating that communication has been verified to both the encoder and the network.

Alternatively, the endpoints offer a Smart Activation feature. After installation, the endpoint begins broadcasting data when the encoder senses the first usage of water. No field programming or special tools are required.

Broadcast Mode:The Cellular LTE-M endpoint broadcasts fixed network reading data through the secure cellular network within the service area. Based on the results of cellular coverage analysis, there are primary and secondary carrier options to support full network coverage. The endpoint also transmits a mobile message to facilitate troubleshooting in the field.

Data Storage: The endpoint stores 42 days of 15-minute data.

Output Message:The Cellular LTE-M endpoint broadcasts its unique serial number, meter reading data, and applicable status indicators. As an advanced data security measure, each message is securely transported to the BEACON AMA software only via private network and never over the public internet.


Configurations: The Cellular LTE-M endpoint is a multi-purpose endpoint that can be deployed in indoor, outdoor and pit (non-metal pit lid) applications. The electronics and battery assembly are fully encapsulated in epoxy for environmental integrity. The endpoint is available with a connector assembly for ease of installation.

Meter Compatibility: When attached to a Badger Meter High Resolution Encoder, the Cellular LTE-M endpoint is compatible with all current Badger Meter Recordall® Disc, Turbo Series, Compound Series, Combo Series and Fire Service meters and assemblies, and with E-Series® Ultrasonic, E-Series® Ultrasonic Plus, and M-Series® Electromagnetic flow meters.

Encoder Compatibility: The Cellular LTE-M endpoint is suitable for use with Badger Meter High Resolution Encoders as well as the following Badger Meter approved three-wire encoder registers that have a manufacture date of 2005 or newer, are programmed into the AMR/AMI three-wire output mode, and have three-wires connected: Honeywell® InVISION encoder and evoQ4 meter (encoder output); Master Meter® Octave® Ultrasonic meter encoder output; Metron-Farnier Hawkeye; Mueller Systems 420 Solid State Register (SSR) LCD; Neptune® ProRead, E-Coder® and ARB-V®; and Sensus® Electronic Register encoder (ECR) and ICE.


Additional information


5.125 in. (130 mm) (H)
1.75 in. (44 mm) Diameter at top
2.625 in. (W) x 2.875 in. (D) at base
67 mm (W) x 73 mm (D) at base

Broadcast Network

Primary LTE-M cellular network,
NB-IoT (Narrow Band-Internet
of Things)
Mobile backup frequency is
FCC-regulated 902…928 MHz
frequency hopping modulation

Operating Temperature Range • Storage, Meter Reading and Mobile Backup

–40…60° C (–40…140° F)

Operating Temperature Range • Cellular Communications

–20…60° C (–4…140° F)


0…100% condensing


One (1) lithium thionyl chloride
D cell (nonreplaceable)