ORION LTE – Orion® Cellular Endpoint

The ORION® Cellular (LTE) endpoint is an innovative, two-way water endpoint that utilizes existing 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 endpoint communicates with the encoder and captures readings and meter status information. At a predetermined interval, the endpoint broadcasts readings, status, and event data via the cellular network, and the information is captured and analyzed using BEACON AMA software.

Activation: All ORION Cellular LTE endpoints are shipped in an inactive, non-transmitting state. The endpoints offer a Smart Activation feature. After the endpoint is installed, it begins broadcasting data when the encoder senses the first usage of water. No field programming or tools are required to activate the endpoint. Alternatively, an IR fob can be used to activate the endpoint and verify the encoder connection. With proper installation, successful endpoint function can be confirmed through a web app demonstrating that communication has been verified to both the encoder and to the network.

Broadcast Mode: The endpoint broadcasts fixed network reading data through the secure existing cellular network within the service area. The endpoint also transmits a mobile message to support troubleshooting in the field.

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

Output Message: The endpoint broadcasts its unique serial number, meter reading data, and applicable status indicators. Each message is encrypted to meet Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256.


Configurations: The endpoint is a multi-purpose endpoint that can be deployed in indoor, outdoor and pit 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 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 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: Elster InVISION and ScanCoder® encoders and evoQ4 meter (encoder output); Hersey® Translator; 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

LTE cellular network, with fallback
to 3G where LTE is unavailable.
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)